Yearly Archives: 2015

Sadowski Coalition Applauds Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on TED for Recommending Full Funding of SHIP...

The Sadowski Housing Coalition today applauded the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development for including full funding for the State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) Program and State Apartment Incentive Loan (SAIL) Program in their Fiscal Year 2015-16 budget proposal. Specifically, the subcommittee’s budget proposal recommends that $153.6 million is allocated to SHIP, which includes $4 million to provide services to homeless persons, and $102.4 million is allocated to SAIL.

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...

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


CBRE Senior Associate Larry Genet was named “Rookie of the Year” at the 2015 NAIOP South Florida Awards of Excellence ceremony, held in Fort Lauderdale on March 12, 2015. NAIOP South Florida is the premier commercial real estate development organization in the South Florida area


CBRE Capital Markets’ Debt & Structured Finance team originated $19 million in financing for the acquisition of Monterrey Apartments, a 243-unit garden-style apartment community situated on more than 23 acres at 1001 Center Road in Venice, Florida

Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson Statement on the 50th Anniversary of the Historic Selma to...

Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (FL-24) issued the following statement on the 50th anniversary of the historic Selma to Montgomery march that took place on March 7, 1965. “The historic march from Selma to Montgomery was a pivotal moment in the Civil Rights Movement that led to the passage of the landmark Voting Rights Act that same year.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT… Daytona Beach News Journal

John Keppler’s last memory of his father was drinking a Guiness with him on St. Patrick’s Day at the Golden Lion Cafe in Flagler Beach in 2002. Four days later, his father, John Keppler, a volunteer firefighter for Flagler County, died in the line of duty at age 54.

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.

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...

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

State Fire Marshal’s Office Announces Arrest in Jacksonville Apartment Fire

The Florida Department of Financial Services today announced the recent arrest of Sandy Bernard Elmore, 35, on felony arson charges related to a Jacksonville apartment fire that occurred earlier this week. An investigation conducted in partnership by the Department’s Division of State Fire Marshal, the Jacksonville Fire Department and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office determined that Elmore set his estranged girlfriend’s apartment on fire following a domestic dispute.

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.

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

Recent Government & Nonprofit Press Releases

Buchanan Slams “Nightmarish” Conditions at VA Nursing Homes

Congressman Vern Buchanan today demanded answers from the Department of Veteran Affairs after reports of deplorable conditions and neglect at VA nursing homes across the nation.