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Wasserman Schultz Statement on the Passage of the Iran Sanctions Extension Act

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) issued the following statement today after the passage of H.R. 6297, the Iran Sanctions Extension Act

New AARP report highlights significant out-of-pocket costs for family caregivers

A new AARP report issued today details the out-of-pocket costs for caregivers in the United States – on average, family caregivers are spending 20 percent of their total income on caregiving expenses. This builds on last year’s AARP family caregiving report, which revealed the number of family caregivers in the United States – about 40 million, with Florida home to nearly 2.7 million of these caregivers.

The Internal Audit Department released its Housing/HOPWA Funding Audit 16-12

The Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) is a federal program managed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide housing assistance and supportive services for low-income people living with AIDS. HUD provides funding for this program in the form of grants, and grantees include cities, nongovernmental organizations, and other entities.

Some Lake County government offices and services to close for Veterans Day

All offices of the Lake County Board of County Commissioners, Clerk of Courts, Property Appraiser, Supervisor of Elections and Tax Collector will be closed Friday, Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans Day

Diaz-Balart Recognized by Homeless Trust with Change Maker Award

Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, was today recognized with the Change Maker Award by the Homeless Trust. Diaz-Balart, who has served in this role since 2014, has worked with his colleagues to provide additional opportunities for Broward, Collier, Hendry, and Miami-Dade Counties to compete for federal grants. Diaz-Balart has prioritized housing programs that serve the most vulnerable in our community, including homeless and voucher programs.

Fla.’s Housing Market: Median Prices, New Listings Up in 3Q 2016

Florida’s housing market reported rising median prices, more new listings and fewer days to a sales contract during the third quarter of 2016, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®. Closed sales of single-family homes statewide totaled 71,857 in 3Q 2016, almost the same level (down 0.4 percent) as during 3Q 2015

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Record-Breaking Unclaimed Property Returns

Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater today announced that the Florida Division of Unclaimed Property, which operates under the direction of the CFO and the Department of Financial Services, completed another record-breaking month of returns in October. During October, the Division processed and paid more than $33 million in claims. Nearly 58,000 claims were processed and the resulting funds were returned back to the rightful owners. The previous highest month on record with $32.1 million returned was February 2016.

Lake County to present its State of the County program on Tuesday, Nov. 8

The Lake County Board of County Commissioners will present its State of the County program at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8 in the County Commission Chambers of the Lake County Administration Building, located at 315 W. Main St., Tavares.

Demand Increases for Mid-Market Miami Single-Family Homes

Mid-market Miami single-family home sales increased as prices for all properties continued their upward trend in September, according to a new report by the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) and the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system

Fla.’s Housing Market Shows Rising Median Prices in Sept. 2016

Florida’s housing market reported more new listings, increased median prices and fewer all-cash closed sales in September, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors

U.S. Rep. Castor’s statement on reported deceptive strategy behind FL’s solar amendment

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) released the statement below following the reported deceptive strategy behind Florida’s solar amendment. “I represent the State of Florida on the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee and have a bird’s-eye view of energy policy across America.

Broward’s “A Way Home” Homeless Initiative Awarded $437,000

This month, the Florida Department of Children and Families' Office of Homelessness completed its annual State Emergency Solutions Grant ("ESG"), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families ("TANF") Prevention Assistance, Challenge Grant awards for Fiscal Year 2017. Broward County's "A Way Home" Continuum of Care has been awarded $200,000 in ESG funds; $31,500 in TANF Prevention funds; and $205,500 in Challenge Grant funds for a total of $437,000 in new funding to our community


U.S. Representative Patrick E. Murphy (FL-18) called on the Army Corps and FEMA to work together to repair damage to Florida's beaches following Hurricane Matthew to protect the coastline and mitigate future damage. Strong shorelines and dunes provide vital barriers to protect lives and property from storm surges and beach restoration is found to have a high return on investment

Temporary Lane Closures of W Davis Boulevard and residential roads on Davis Islands to...

Several residential roads on Davis Islands will be paved beginning on Monday, October 17, 2016, as part of City’s Resurfacing Project. The paving will be completed in three (3) phases

Rubio Presses President Obama to Resolve $8 Billion Castro Regime Owes Americans for Stolen...

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today pressed President Obama on his administration’s failure to seek just compensation for Americans whose properties have been illegally confiscated by the Castro regime in Cuba. Over 5,900 certified legal claims valued at more than $8 billion remain unresolved by the regime, leaving American property owners with financial losses.

Landlords Invited to Recruitment Initiative Breakfast Meeting

County Commissioners and the Broward Homeless Continuum of Care invite landlords to a free breakfast meeting, Wednesday, October 19th, from 8:30-11AM at the Fort Lauderdale Woman's Club, 20 S. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, to learn about the County's plans to address homelessness and how landlords can play a strong role


Following the landfall of Hurricane Matthew, many Floridians are now beginning the process of notifying their insurance carrier of damaged property and items and taking steps to make temporary repairs to prevent additional damage. CFO Jeff Atwater, Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier, and Insurance Consumer Advocate Sha’Ron James encourage Floridians to be prompt in notifying their insurance companies and cautious of repair deals that sound too good to be true


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.


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,, in May 2016. Colombia has now led the rankings for six consecutive months


PLF’s Mark Miller To Receive Florida Bar Award

Pacific Legal Foundation today announced that Mark Miller, managing attorney with PLF’s Atlantic Center office in Palm Beach Gardens, will receive the Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Award at a ceremony on January 19.  Miller will be one of 21 lawyers from across the state recognized for their work on behalf of pro bono clients.  The ceremony will take place at the Supreme Court of Florida, in Tallahassee, and the presentation will be made by Florida Bar President William J. Schifino, Jr