Yearly Archives: 2015

Sidewalk Closure on Doyle Carlton Drive Will Begin January 4, 2016 for Riverwalk Construction

As part of construction of the latest Riverwalk segment, the City of Tampa will begin demolition of the existing sidewalk along Doyle Carlton Drive between Laurel Street and Water Works Park on Monday, January 4, 2016. The sidewalk will be closed to all pedestrian traffic along the river while construction is on-going. Work is expected to be completed by the end of April 2016.

Shane Gerwig, Lake County Building Services Division Manager, appointed to Florida Building Commission

Gov. Rick Scott recently appointed Lake County Building Services Division Manager Shane Gerwig to the Florida Building Commission, a 26-member technical body responsible for the development, maintenance and interpretation of the Florida Building Code through a consensus-building process. Gerwig will fill a previously vacant seat for a term ending Jan. 15, 2019.

Brazil is Top Foreign Country Searching for South Florida Real Estate

Brazil continues to lead all global consumers searching online for South Florida real estate, according to new statistics from the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI), America’s largest local Realtor group The South American nation of 200 million residents finished as the top international country using MIAMI’s search portal

Adjusted building impact fee for education goes into effect Jan. 11, 2016

Beginning Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, the new adjusted educational impact fees will be $5,856 for a mobile home, $8,045 for a multi-family dwelling, and $9,324 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

Jacksonville Title Agent Defrauds Clients of Nearly $400,000 While Operating Unlicensed Real Estate Title...

Florida’s Department of Financial Services (DFS) Division of Insurance Fraud (DIF) today announced the arrest of Kristine Ann Spahr, 41, after her alleged intentional misappropriation of nearly $400,000 in real estate escrow funds as an effort to gain personal monetary profit while she was illegally operating her Nassau and Duval county-based insurance company, Signature Title and Trust LLC.

MIAMI Association of REALTORS® to Promote South Florida Real Estate in China

The MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) will be promoting South Florida real estate at LPS Shanghai 2015, one of the world’s top luxury real estate expos. More than 5,000 affluent real estate buyers and investors from China and around the globe will be attending the Dec. 11-13 event at the Shanghai Marriott City Centre.

Floridians to Receive More Than Six Million Dollars in SunTrust Settlement

Attorney General Pam Bondi announced that more than 4,000 Florida borrowers are receiving checks this week from SunTrust Mortgage as part of a multistate settlement. Florida’s share of the settlement payments is second in the nation only to Georgia. The 2014 settlement with SunTrust Mortgage Inc. by Attorney General Bondi, 48 other states, the District of Columbia and the Federal government required Suntrust to provide $550 million in various forms of relief to homeowners, including a $40 million fund for payments to certain borrowers who lost their homes to foreclosure.

Mayor Buckhorn to Join Community Leaders for Jackson Heights Clubhouse Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

On Wednesday, December 9th at 11:30 a.m. Mayor Buckhorn will join community leaders to unveil the renovations to the Jackson Heights Community Clubhouse. The property has gone through a $6,000,000 rehabilitation of the 111 units. Southport Development, Inc. used the $54,000 per unit of construction costs to fully modernize each unit, upgrade the common areas, add project amenities, and substantially increasing security measures making the property a gated access community

SHARE Ross Votes to Strengthen Our Nation’s Transportation Infrastructure

U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross (FL-15), Senior Deputy Majority Whip, released the following statement after voting to pass the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which is a five-year surface transportation reauthorization bill. Included in this comprehensive transportation package are important provisions such as language restoring funds previously cut from the Crop Insurance program and H.R. 2997, thePrivate Investment in Housing Act of 2015, which was introduced by Rep. Ross to provide the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) the authority to establish a demonstration program and

Ross Votes to Strengthen Our Nation’s Transportation Infrastructure

U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross (FL-15), Senior Deputy Majority Whip, released the following statement after voting to pass the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which is a five-year surface transportation reauthorization bill. Included in this comprehensive transportation package are important provisions such as language restoring funds previously cut from the Crop Insurance program and H.R. 2997, the Private Investment in Housing Act of 2015, which was introduced by Rep. Ross to provide the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) the authority to establish a demonstration program and enter into budget-neutral, performance-based agreements that result in the reduction of energy and water costs for multifamily housing.

Household hazardous waste collection event to be held in Mount Dora

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, Dec. 17, at the Walmart parking lot, located at 17030 U.S. Highway 441, in Mount Dora

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor sees huge FL win with passage of federal transportation bill,...

After numerous stopgap measures used over the past several years to merely keep transportation funding afloat, a bipartisan agreement for the long-stalled transportation and infrastructure bill passed the House and Senate yesterday and is on its way to the President to be signed into law. The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act will invest $281 billion in local communities across the country over the next five years, boosting Florida’s share of the Federal Highway Funding by more than $890 million.

Mayor Buckhorn To Join President Obama’s Export Council to Discuss Trans-Pacific Partnership and U.S....

Mayor Bob Buckhorn, Chair of the U.S. Council of Mayors TPP Task-force, will join CEOs, Senators, Congressmen, and high ranking Administration officials and cabinet members to participate in a discussion on the Trans-Pacific Partnership and U.S. Infrastructure at the White House with President Obama’s Export Council

Miami Luxury Single-Family Home Sales Rise in 3Q

Miami luxury single-family home sales increased 5.3 percent year-over-year in the third quarter as total inventory for all existing luxury properties rose, according to new data from the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI

Florida Polytechnic University’s IST Building Wins National Steel Building Award

The Innovation, Science and Technology Building (IST) at Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland, Fla., has earned national recognition in the 2015 Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel awards program (IDEAS2).

The Miami/Fort Lauderdale Market Accounts for Half of All International Home Sales in Florida

South Florida has long ranked as one of America’s top places for international home buyers because of its world-class amenities, global business center and proximity to Latin America, according to the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI).

Lake County Building Services to offer workshop on proper set up of manufactured homes

The Lake County Building Services Division is hosting a “Manufactured Home Set Up” workshop from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3 at the Lake County Agricultural Center, 1951 Woodlea Road in Tavares

Household hazardous waste and unwanted medications to be collected at event in Leesburg

The Lake County Solid Waste Division, in partnership with the Leesburg Police Department, is encouraging Lake County residents to dispose of household hazardous materials and unwanted medications in a safe and environmentally conscious way at an upcoming collection event.

Palm Beach County: Home Sales Hit 18-Month Low

Housing market reports for October 2015 are now available. Below are the year-over-year figures for Palm Beach County from the Realtors® Association of the Palm Beaches (RAPB). RAPB is the 6th largest local association in the country representing over 14,000 REALTOR® members involved in all aspects of residential, commercial, and global real estate throughout Southeast Florida and the Treasure Coast.

October Marks More than Four Years of Price Appreciation in Miami

The Miami-Dade County real estate market continued to strengthen in October as properties sold fast and near asking price and sales prices again increased, according to a new report by the 41,000-member MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) and Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system

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

Rooney Supports HUD Grants for Hurricane Disaster Recovery

Congressman Thomas J. Rooney (R-FL) issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s announcement it will send over $791 million to Florida to repair homes and buildings damaged by Hurricanes Irma and Matthew