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Diaz-Balart Statement on Passage of FY17 Funding Bill

Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), Chairman of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, issued the following statement after the passage of H.R. 244, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017.

Fla.’s Housing Market: More Sales, Rising Prices in March 2017

Florida’s housing market reported more closed sales, higher median prices and increased pending sales in March, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®. Sales of single-family homes statewide totaled 25,921 last month, up 9.3 percent compared to March 2016

U.S. Rep. Castor’s Statement on the Threat to Florida’s Environment and Economy Under Pres....

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14), elected officials, activists and experts stood together on the shore of Tampa Bay on the seven-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon blowout, to speak out in strong opposition to President Trump’s elimination of the Tampa Bay Estuary program, clean water, clean air and NOAA coastal resource initiatives under his proposed budget

Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s Office of Community Development (OCD) has awarded over $12 million to...

As the opioid epidemic continues to race across the country at devastating rates, Congressman Tom Rooney (R-FL) is pushing to get illicit drugs off the streets and bring funding home for Florida to help combat the issue. The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) endorsed Rooney’s legislation H.R. 1781, The Comprehensive Fentanyl Control Act of 2017, while the Department of Health and Human Services granted Florida millions of dollars to combat the opioid epidemic.

Lake County issues countywide burn ban

The Lake County Public Safety Department has issued a countywide burn ban due to extremely dry weather conditions increasing the probability of wildfires. In accordance with County Code 10.5-75, the ban prohibits all outdoor burning that has not been specifically permitted by the Florida Division of Forestry. This includes burning yard waste or building recreational fires.

Rep. Frederica S. Wilson and HUD Secretary Ben Carson Tour Liberty Square Housing Complex

Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24) joined Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson for a tour of the Liberty Square housing complex on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. Secretary Carson’s two-day visit to Miami was part of a national listening tour he is conducting to learn first-hand about the public’s experiences with and concerns about affordable housing.

Housing Appropriations Chair Diaz-Balart and HUD Secretary Carson Visit South Florida Housing Programs

Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, today welcomed Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson to South Florida as the Secretary continues his listening tour across the country. Together, they visited and met with housing officials at Villa Aurora and Hoffman Gardens, permanent supportive housing and a public housing site in Little Havana and Hialeah, respectively

Firefighters save two children from apartment fire

Lake County firefighters this morning rescued a three-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl from an apartment fire in the 2600 block of Shirleys Way in Leesburg. Upon arrival, Lt. Glenn Bidwell, Firefighter Brad Hermesman and Firefighter Eric Steiner of Station 52 saw smoke billowing out of the front door of the three-story apartment. Told that there were children inside, they quickly searched the home and found two children in a back bedroom.

Lake County receives improved Building Code insurance rating

The Insurance Services Office, Inc. (ISO), an insurer-supported organization, recently upgraded Lake County’s Building Code Effectiveness Classification into its top tier.

Rooney to Trump: Let’s Make Infrastructure A+ Again

Congressman Tom Rooney (FL-17) sent a letter to President Donald Trump proposing a common-sense solution to accelerate federal investments in our country’s aging infrastructure

Ross Reintroduces Bipartisan Flood Insurance Bill to Help Homeowners

U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross (R-FL-15), Senior Deputy Majority Whip, today reintroduced his bipartisan legislation, the Flood Insurance Market Parity and Modernization Act, which would encourage the development of a robust private flood insurance market that can offer homeowners options in terms of pricing and coverage.

Leaders of Appropriations Subcommittee Call on GAO to Examine HUD’s Efforts to Protect Children...

In an effort to better protect families in HUD-assisted housing from lead-based paint hazards, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jack Reed (D-RI) and U.S. Representatives Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL25) and David Price (D-NC4) today called upon the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) to produce a report on the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) programs that address lead-based paint hazards.

Registration Now Open for Free Senior Scam Workshop in Tallahassee

Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater’s Department of Financial Services will host a financial safety workshop for seniors next week in Tallahassee. This free Operation SAFE (Stop Adult Financial Exploitation) workshop is open to seniors, their families and caregivers, and is hosted as part of CFO Atwater’s On Guard for Seniors program. The program was launched in 2012 to educate seniors about financial topics such as annuities, identity theft, reverse mortgages and long-term care insurance

Castor, Ross Reintroduce Bipartisan Flood Insurance Bill to Help Homeowners

U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross (R-FL-15), Senior Deputy Majority Whip, today reintroduced his bipartisan legislation, the Flood Insurance Market Parity and Modernization Act, which would encourage the development of a robust private flood insurance market that can offer homeowners options in terms of pricing and coverage.

Florida Realtors®: Reducing Business Rent Tax Key for Fla. Business Expansion

As the 2017 Florida Legislature begins, Realtors® from across the state are ready to advocate for legislative priorities that will protect homeowners, promote business and community growth, safeguard Florida’s natural resources, ensure fair and transparent real estate transactions and provide Floridians with more affordable housing options.

Lake County to host household hazardous waste collection events in Mount Dora and Fruitland...

In an effort to encourage residents to dispose of toxic materials in a safe and environmentally sensitive way, Lake County Solid Waste is hosting two household hazardous waste collection events in March.

House Committee Releases Legislation to Repeal and Replace the Affordable Care Act

The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, where Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) serves as the only Florida Republican, released the text of their legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act through a budget process known as reconciliation.
Photos courtesy of Senator Rubio’s office.

Rubio Discusses Florida Water Issues with County Coalition Members

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) met today with members of the County Coalition for Responsible Management of Lake Okeechobee, St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Estuaries, and Lake Worth Lagoon to discuss Florida water issues and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) projects

Statement from Rep. Webster on President Trump’s Joint Address

“As promised, President Trump’s address tonight was upbeat and presidential. In keeping with comments made during the campaign, he outlined his vision for reviving our economy – including investing in infrastructure and removing regulations that are crushing small businesses and stifling job creation. In just five weeks, working together Congress and President Trump have already cut $2.8 billion by rolling back over-burdensome regulations. The President’s commitment to improving infrastructure offers unique opportunity to build 21st century infrastructure for our district and America

Fla.’s Housing Market: More Sales, Rising Prices in Jan. 2017

Florida’s housing market reported more closed sales, higher median prices, increased pending sales and more new listings in January, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®. Sales of single-family homes statewide totaled 16,779 last month, up 5.2 percent from January 2016

Popular Government & Nonprofit Press Releases

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

Recent Government & Nonprofit Press Releases

Florida Keys: Plan Ahead Before Returning Home to Be Safe

As the reentry process for the Lower Keys begins, FEMA stresses the importance of following guidance from your local officials. Currently only residents, business owners, disaster workers, and supply vehicles with appropriate identification, or re-entry stickers, will be permitted to enter.