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CONSUMER ALERT: MANAGING THE POST-STORM INSURANCE CLAIMS FILING PROCESS

As Hurricane Matthew continues to impact Florida, residents affected by the storm will soon begin the process of surveying damages to their property and belongings. Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier have the following tips to help consumers as they begin the process of filing insurance claims on damaged property and belongings

Diaz-Balart Announces Funds for Transit Oriented Development Planning Along the East-West Corridor

Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) released the following statement after Miami-Dade County was awarded a $960,000 grant from the Federal Transit Administration’s Pilot Program for Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Planning. In August, Diaz-Balart spoke with DOT Deputy Secretary Victor Mendez to express his strong support for Miami-Dade’s application

Publication Honored for Writing, Design Excellence

Florida Realtor, the Business Magazine of Florida Real Estate and monthly trade publication of Florida Realtors®, recently won 10 awards in the 2016 Florida Magazine Association’s (FMA) competition.

City of Tampa Announces Winning Bid for City Council Lot

Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced today that HRI Properties of New Orleans submitted the winning bid for the downtown block that the City of Tampa issued a Request for Proposals on August 2, 2016.

U.S. Rep. Castor announces $2.5M Job-Plus grant for Tampa Housing Authority

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor announced that the Tampa Housing Authority and local partners received a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant for $2.5 million to connect residents to education, training and jobs as part of the Jobs-Plus Initiative. The Tampa Housing Authority is one of only six recipients of the grant nationwide and the only Florida recipient. The Tampa Housing Authority will provide training in technical skills that is so important for landing a job.

Rubio Introduces Legislation to Improve Federal Housing Inspections, Hold Slumlords Accountable

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today introduced the HUD Inspection Process and Enforcement Reform Act of 2016, which would improve the federal housing inspections process and hold slumlords accountable for misuing taxpayer dollars and endangering the health and safety of residents. Rubio's bill stems from his year-long work investigating Global Ministries Foundation (GMF).

U.S. Rep. Castor’s statement on West Virginia v. EPA’s oral Arguments

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor attended today's oral arguments in West Virginia v. EPA in which certain states, utilities and fossil fuel companies are challenging President Obama’s Clean Power Plan at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit

A Discussion with Assistant Secretary, Gustavo Velasquez

Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, Gustavo F. Velasquez will lead a discussion on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) with local leaders and community partners to discuss the AFFH Final Rule and the Assessment of Fair Housing. This will be an opportunity to learn about the new requirements, the Assessment Tool and have questions answered.

Rubio Announces Senate Hearing on Global Ministries Foundation, HUD Inspections Process

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) released the following video statement today after the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs announced its Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development will hold a hearing on the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) inspections process. The hearing is scheduled for next Thursday, September 22 at 10:00 a.m. EDT in Room 538 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

Millions of Florida Homeowners Now Eligible for Low-Cost Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Hurricane...

Clean energy home improvement financing program now available to both residential and commercial property owners in the cities of Orlando, Satellite Beach and Doral, and cities and counties in Broward, Pasco, Pinellas, Alachua, Escambia (commercial only), Indian River, Martin and Palm Beach.

TIA receives $5.3M DOT grant for airfield upgrades

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) announced today that Tampa International Airport received a $5.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation for important airfield upgrades. The new infrastructure dollars follow two other significant transportation announcements: New Tampa International Airport flights to Cuba and new, modern buses for HART. All are welcome news for hard-working families and businesses of Tampa Bay.

Diaz-Balart Receives 2016 Housing Champion Award from Florida Housing Coalition

Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) released the following statement after he received the 2016 Housing Champion Award from the Florida Housing Coalition at their 29th annual Affordable Housing Conference.

FOLLOWING HURRICANE HERMINE, CFO JEFF ATWATER EXTENDS INSURANCE CONSUMER HELPLINE HOURS

Following the landfall of Hurricane Hermine, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater has extended the operating hours of the Department of Financial Services’ Insurance Consumer Helpline. As Floridians assess damages to their property and belongings, they should document damages by taking photographs or shooting video footage and notify their insurance companies as soon as possible.

CONSUMER ALERT: MANAGING THE POST-STORM INSURANCE CLAIMS FILING PROCESS

In the wake of Hurricane Hermine, Floridians affected by the storm must now begin the process of surveying damages to their property and belongings. Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier have the following tips to help consumers as they begin the process of filing insurance claims on damaged property and belongings

Lane closures on Channelside Drive, Morgan Street for Infrastructure Improvements to Support Area Development

Lane closures on Morgan Street between Brorein Street and Old Water Street begin on Monday, August 29, 2016 for infrastructure and roadway improvements to support Tampa's growing downtown and redevelopment. Morgan Street will fully reopen in November 2016, weather permitting

Major Roadway and Infrastructure Improvements in Downtown Tampa to Begin August 29

As part of the master planned development in southern downtown Tampa, roadway and infrastructure improvements will begin on Monday, August 29, 2016. The initial lane closures along Channelside Drive and Morgan Street mark the beginning of roadway and infrastructure improvements in the southern downtown area over the next 18-24 months. Traffic advisories will be sent out to notify the public of the construction impacts throughout the construction process.

Fla.’s Housing Market: New Listings, Median Prices Up in 2Q 2016

Florida’s housing market reported more new listings, higher median prices and fewer days to a sales contract during the second quarter of 2016, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®. Closed sales of single-family homes statewide totaled 76,748 in 2Q 2016, up 1.4 percent over the 2Q 2015 figure

Congressman Garamendi Keynotes I-80/680 SR 12 Interchange Project Ribbon Cutting

Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, Davis, Yuba City, CA) joined Caltrans Director Malcom Dougherty, Assemblymembers Bill Dodd and Jim Frazier, Solano County Supervisors Skip Thomson, Jim Spering, and John Vasquez, Fairfield Mayor Harry Price, Rio Vista Mayor Norman Richardson and other local leaders at the I-80/680 SR 12 Interchange Project Ribbon Cutting.

Ross Announces Funding for Special Needs Housing in District 15

U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross (R-FL-15), Senior Deputy Majority Whip, announced today that Florida’s 15th Congressional District will benefit from affordable housing funding from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta (FHLBank Atlanta), one of the 11 district banks in the Federal Home Loan Bank System

Diaz-Balart, NHTSA Administrator Rosekind Spread Awareness About Vehicle Safety

Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, released the following statement after participating in the Safe Cars Save Lives Tour alongside Dr. Mark Rosekind, Administrator of the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration. This free event, held at Florida International University, invited the local community to learn about vehicle safety, including car seat and tire checks, recall look-ups, and spreading awareness about the dangers of heat stroke when leaving children in hot cars. This event was a collaboration of the NHTSA, Safe Kids Miami-Dade Coalition, Florida Department of Transportation-State Safety Office, Florida Highway Patrol, and the Rubber Manufacturers Association

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Colombia tops all Foreign Searches for Miami Real Estate

Colombia continues to lead all foreign countries searching for South Florida real estate, according to new data from the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI). The South American nation finished as the top international country using MIAMI’s search portal, www.Miamire.com, in May 2016. Colombia has now led the rankings for six consecutive months

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MIAMI Becomes First Realtor Association Awarded NAR Diamond Council Status

The MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) is the first and only association in America to be awarded the Diamond Global Business Council Award from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). The Diamond award is the highest level of achievement presented by NAR and was awarded to MIAMI on Nov. 5 in Orlando for its unprecedented commitment to excellence in global achievement on behalf of its nearly 45,000 members. MIAMI provides education and services to help its members connect and market their properties worldwide