Yearly Archives: 2017


The Orlando Regional REALTOR® Foundation has been honored with an Award of Excellence from the 2016 Orange County Sustainable Development Awards. The foundation is the charitable arm of the Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association, which as the nation’s 10th largest local REALTOR® organization represents more than 12,500 Central Florida real estate professionals. The mission of Orlando Regional REALTOR® Foundation is to address the area’s critical need for affordable, workforce housing.


U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) issued the following statement on Scott Pruitt, President Trump's pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. "It's hard to imagine a more destructive pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency than Scott Pruitt, a climate science doubter who sued the agency he's cynically being asked to lead more than a dozen times.
Building Services Supervisor

Building Services Supervisor named president of state construction organization

Lake County Building Services Supervisor/Deputy Building Official Tony Lopresto has been named the President of the Construction Licensing Officials Association of Florida. The Association provides a forum for licensing officials to meet and network regarding enforcement regulatory issues, solutions and best practices; provides education and certification for professional development and monitors current legislation and applicable and/or potential law changes.

Household hazardous waste collection event to be held in Eustis

Lake County Solid Waste 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 mobile connection unit will be on site from 9 a.m. – noon on Thursday, Feb. 23 at the Eustis Square Shopping Center parking lot, located at 218 W. Ardice Ave., Eustis.

Orlando home sales increase 2 percent as median price jumps 11 percent in January

The Orlando housing market experienced increases in both median price and sales in January, while the pool of homes available for purchase shrank by 21 percent in comparison to January of last year.
Water Quality

Buchanan Chairs Meeting on Red Tide, Water Quality

U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan today chaired a bipartisan Florida congressional delegation meeting that focused on the state’s most pressing water issues. Thirteen members of Congress from both parties heard about the harmful impact of red tide and toxic algae on the state’s environment and economy

Buchanan Co-Chairs FL Delegation Meeting on State’s Water Issues

The co-chairs of Florida’s congressional delegation, U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., and Rep. Alcee L. Hastings, D-Fla., announced today a bipartisan delegation meeting on some of the state’s most pressing water issues.

St. Lucie County: Affordable Real Estate Market for Home Buyers

What a phenomenal year for our local real estate market in St. Lucie County. The median home price rose an incredible 16% according to newly released yearly market reports from Florida Realtors®. Our median sale price in the County is up to $180,000 from $155,000 in 2015. While our prices are up, our median sale price is well below the national median home price of $235,500, still making St. Lucie County a very affordable real estate market for home buyers.

Fla.’s Housing Market Ends 2016 With Price Gains, Fewer Sales of Distressed Properties

Florida’s housing market wrapped up 2016 with more new listings, higher median prices and fewer sales of distressed properties compared to the year before, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors


The Central Florida zip code 32808, which encompasses Pine Hills, saw the region’s highest percentage of increase in median home price during 2016, reports the Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association

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.


U.S Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) issued the following statement regarding her new committee assignments for the 115th Congress, which includes a new appointment to the House Committee on the Budget, and two new Appropriations Committee assignments: one as Ranking Democrat on the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee, and the other, to the Energy and Water Subcommittee

Miami-Dade Police Detective Convicted of Civil Rights Offenses for Stealing Property from Motorists and...

The Justice Department announced today that a federal jury convicted former Miami-Dade Police Detective William Kostopoulos, 49, with using his law enforcement authority to violate the civil rights of two motorists as well as obstructing justice
Walgreens Jacksonville FL

The Boulder Group Arranges Sale of Single Tenant Net Leased Walgreens

The Boulder Group, a net leased investment brokerage firm, has completed the sale of a single tenant net leased Walgreens property located at 3505 University Blvd W in Jacksonville, Florida for $5,150,000.

2017 Real Estate Trends: Florida’s Economy ‘Outperformed’ U.S.

In 2016, Florida’s economy outperformed the nation in part because of better job creation, according to several economists who spoke to a standing-room-only crowd of about 500 Realtors® at the 2017 Florida Real Estate Trends event last week during Florida Realtors® Mid-Winter Business Meetings.

Lake County Fire Rescue welcomes 19 new firefighters

Lake County Fire Rescue’s new class of 19 probationary firefighters is nearly through an intensive five week training protocol, which includes search techniques, survival, wildland firefighting, advanced and basic life support, pump engine and truck operations, driving fire apparatus, extrication and more.

St. Lucie veterans’ nursing home on VA priority list for $38 million grant

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced today that the state of Florida is in line to receive a $38 million federal grant to build a new VA nursing home in St. Lucie County

Ross Appointed to Multiple New Subcommittees

U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross (FL-15), Senior Deputy Majority Whip, has been appointed to multiple subcommittees within the House Committees of Financial Services (FSC) and Oversight and Government Reform (OGR).

SHARE Ross Calls on Congress to Pass Finish the Fence Act

U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross (FL-15), Senior Deputy Majority Whip, made the following statement in response to President Trump’s executive order on border security


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced agreements with two insurance companies in Ohio and Florida settling allegations the companies violated the Fair Housing Act by denying insurance coverage to properties that contain “subsidized housing” and “low-income housing.”

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.