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    Attorney General’s Office Reaches Settlement with Florida Building Companies

    More than 500 consumers will receive approximately $500,000 in restitution under a settlement agreement between Attorney General Pam Bondi and several Florida metal building companies. This week, the Attorney General’s Office reached an Assurance of Voluntary Compliance with U.S. Metal Buildings Corp., U.S. Building Systems Corp. d/b/a U.S. Buildings; International Buildings, LLC; and their principals.

    Feldman Equities LLC/Tower Realty Partners Reacquire Equity Position in Wells Fargo Center, Downtown Tampa

    Feldman Equities LLC and Tower Realty Partners announced today that they have reacquired an equity position in Wells Fargo Center a 22-story, 390,000 square foot office tower located in downtown Tampa. The groups’ ownership interest is a joint venture partnership with an institutional investor that purchased the building late last year

    Miami Home, Condominium Sales Rise in February

    Miami single-family home sales registered double-digit growth in February, and all residential median sale prices continued their more than three years of gains, according to a new report by the 35,000-member MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) and the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system.

    Four Arrested in Medicaid Fraud Scheme that Exploited the Homeless

    Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit announced the arrests of four individuals for allegedly recruiting the homeless to bilk Medicaid out of at least $215,000. According to the investigation, Christina Benson, owner of Tranquility Healthcare Solutions in Orlando, billed Medicaid for services for homeless men and women who were recruited by her associates to pose as patients.

    Division of State Fire Marshal Announces Arrest in Connection With South Florida Alarm Panel Thefts

    The Department of Financial Services’ Division of State Fire Marshal today announced the arrest of a Broward County man in connection with a series of fire alarm control panel thefts in Broward County. Michael Moser allegedly stole alarm panels from several condominium and apartment complexes, leaving residents without life-saving fire alarm notification systems in the event of a fire

    Title Agent Arrested for Stealing More than $705,000

    The Florida Department of Financial Services today announced the recent arrest of former title agent Lana Dargai of Estero for stealing more than $705,000 in client funds intended for real estate transactions. As a result of her fraudulent actions, the underwriter for the funds was forced to cover the losses.

    Household hazardous waste collection event scheduled for March 19 in Tavares

    The Lake County Solid Waste Division is encouraging Lake County residents to dispose of toxic materials in a safe and environmentally sensitive way at an upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Collection event. The County’s Household Hazardous Waste Mobile Unit will be on site from 9 a.m. – noon on Thursday, March 19 at Wooton Park parking lot, located at 100 E. Ruby St., Tavares.

    ICYMI: Wekiva Parkway Approved for Federal TIFIA Loan

    The Central Florida Expressway Authority today announced that its portions of the Wekiva Parkway project, which will complete the beltway around Metro-Orlando, have been approved for a federal loan under the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) Program. This additional funding resource will allow CFX to move up the schedule of construction by as much as 18 months. It could also potentially save over $260 million in bond interest payments.

    Four Juveniles Arrested for Setting Escambia County House Fire

    The Florida Department of Financial Services’ Division of State Fire Marshal today announced the arrests of four Florida teenagers for arson following a January 2015 house fire in Molino, Florida. An investigation found multiple points inside and outside the home where a fire was set. Evidence also suggests that Molotov cocktails made using materials found in the home started the fire

    Adjusted building impact fee for education goes into effect April 6

    Beginning April 6, the new adjusted educational impact fees will be $2,537 for a mobile home, $4,636 for a multi-family dwelling, and $7,719 for a single-family home. Educational impact fees are imposed by local governments and paid by developers to address the increase in school facility infrastructure demands created by new development.

    Attorney General Pam Bondi Announces Settlements with Two Security System Providers

    Attorney General Pam Bondi today announced separate settlements with two home security system providers, Security Networks, LLC and Vision Security, LLC to resolve allegations that the firms made false or misleading statements in door-to-door sales of security alarm systems. These misrepresentations included that the companies were affiliated with the consumers’ current security monitoring companies and that the consumers’ products were outdated, in need

    Hastings Introduces Legislation Addressing Chronic Homelessness Nationwide

    Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL), Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of the Congressional Homelessness Caucus, introduced the Services for Ending Long-Term Homelessness Act. This bill would establish a grant program to provide permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless individuals and families whose needs are not addressed by traditional affordable housing. (Please find the attached copy of the bill)

    CFO Atwater Focused on Supporting Florida’s Workforce, Streamlining Government and Fighting Fraud During 2015 Legislative Session

    SB 1306/HB 1127 will aid the Department’s efforts to combat insurance fraud in several ways.

    Join the Conversation on Planning Broward’s Future!

    As Broward celebrates its Centennial the County looks forward to the future, ensuring it will thrive in the next 100 years! With 1.85 million residents and 12 million annual visitors, there is a lot to plan for. Working with residents, businesses and Broward’s 31 municipalities, the goal is to review the County’s Land Use and Comprehensive Plans to make sure they reflect current and anticipated growth and priorities.

    Miami Home Sales, Prices Rise in January

    Miami single-family home sales increased in January and all residential median sale prices continued their more than three years of consistent growth, according to the 36,000-member MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) and the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system

    Man Arrested for Arson After Setting Fire to Manatee County Home

    The Florida Department of Financial Services’ Division of State Fire Marshal today announced the arrest of 20-year-old Michael Lynn Haynes for setting fire to a duplex-style apartment home on February 21 in Palmetto, Florida. The intended targets of the fire were two women, a man and a two-year-old child. Following his arrest, Haynes admitted his intention to “burn them (the victims) out like roaches.”

    Miami Real Estate Market Continues Strong Performance in 4Q

    As evidenced by record sales activity in 2014, the Miami real estate market continued to perform robustly in the fourth quarter due to renewed consumer confidence and increasing demand from both domestic and international buyers, according to the 36,000-member MIAMI Association of REALTORS (MIAMI) and the local Multiple Listing Service systems.

    House Passes One-Year Extension of Mortgage Debt Forgiveness Tax Relief

    On Dec. 3, 2014, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5771, the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014, by a strong bipartisan vote of 378-46. The Senate has not yet acted on the tax extenders, but is expected to do so the week of Dec. 8. Please visit the Mortgage Debt Cancellation Relief page on for any developments in the coming week

    Edward Redlich elected as President of SIOR Florida Chapter

    The ComReal Companies are proud to announce that Edward Redlich is now serving as President for 2014-2015 of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors® (SIOR) Florida Chapter which is comprised of nearly 200 members. Redlich has had a leadership role with the Chapter for the past several years and was elected as President at their Fall meeting

    CFO Atwater Announces Arrest of Miami Bail Bondsman on Grand Theft Charges

    Florida CFO Jeff Atwater today announced the arrest of Miami bail bondsman David Rodriguez, 47, on grand theft charges. The arrest follows a joint investigation by the Department of Financial Services’ Division of Insurance Fraud and its Division of Agent & Agency Services into a 2013 incident in which the defendant stole $16,000 that was supposed to pay a client’s bond

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