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Housing & Development

Lake County to host two household hazardous waste collection events in Clermont

Lake County Solid Waste is encouraging Lake County residents to dispose of toxic materials in a safe and environmentally sensitive way at two household hazardous waste collection events. The county’s mobile unit will be on site from 9 a.m. – noon on the following dates and locations

Owner of Tharpe Street Business Complex Arrested for Arson and Insurance Fraud

CFO and State Fire Marshal Jeff Atwater today announced that arson investigators have arrested Victor Herrera, owner of the Tharpe Street business complex, on charges of arson and insurance fraud after an extensive investigation uncovered that he intentionally set his property on fire in order to collect insurance money. The business complex, located at 1109 Tharpe Street in Tallahassee, includes Debo's Stereo Installations and Super Clean Auto Detailing & Mobile Services

Transportation Appropriations Chairman Diaz-Balart Announces Florida DOT Grant Awards

Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) issued the following statement after the Department of Transportation announced Positive Train Control grant awards for FY17. Diaz-Balart is Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Subcommittee.

Miami Single-Family Home Sales Increase Again in April

Miami single-family home sales, median prices, traditional transactions and dollar volume increased year-over-year in April, according to a new report by the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) and the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system.

Hastings Introduces the TRUMPED Act

Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement after introducing the Taxpayers Require Urgent Mandatory Protection from Egregious Debt Act of 2017 (the TRUMPED Act) (Please find attached a copy of the legislation):

Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson’s Statement on the White House Budget Proposal

Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson issued the following statement in response to the White House budget: “The Trump budget is an all-out assault on the poor. Once again, the administration has prioritized the needs of the rich over the poor

Lake County government offices to close for Memorial Day; Solid Waste collection to shift...

TAVARES —All offices of the Lake County Board of County Commissioners, Clerk of Courts, Property Appraiser, Supervisor of Elections and Tax Collector will be...

Tony Lopresto named Building Services Division Manager

Tony Lopresto, Lake County’s former Building Services Supervisor, has been named the county’s new Building Services Division Manager. His role includes overseeing the technical, financial, and administrative functions of the Building Services Division under the Economic Growth Department

Three Ninja Robbers Convicted in Central Florida Home Invasion

Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution today secured the conviction of three Immokalee men, also known as the ninja robbers, in connection to a home invasion robbery and an attempt at a second home invasion. After a two-week trial involving charges including home invasion robbery, kidnapping, carjacking with a firearm and armed burglary of a conveyance, an Orange County jury found Henry Contreras, 51, his son Johnathan Contreras, 30, and Andres Perez, 47, guilty of all charges.

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.

Rooney Rule to Restore Everglades Gains Grassroots Support

Congressman Tom Rooney (FL-17) introduced the Responsible Environmental Preservation and American Infrastructure Restoration Act (The REPAIR Act, H. Res. 313), which would make a limited change to the House rules to allow Congress to direct necessary funding to vetted water resources development projects of the Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation.
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Orlando median home price continues upward climb as sales and inventory dip

Orlando home sales declined 4 percent in April compared to April of 2016, in large part the result of sustained declines in the number of homes available for purchase. Orlando’s skimpy inventory also continued to push prices upwards, with the area’s year-over-year median home price again hitting a double-digit increase.

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
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FEMA Authorizes Federal Funds to Help Battle Florida’s Indian Lakes Estate Fire

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency has authorized federal funds to reimburse costs to Florida to fight the Indian Lakes Estate Fire in Polk County.

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

Ross Introduces Fair and Open Competition Act

U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross (R-FL-15), Senior Deputy Majority Whip, this week introduced the Fair and Open Competition Act, which will reduce costs for taxpayers by encouraging all qualified construction companies to compete for federal and federally-funded construction projects. The bill further prevents federal agencies and recipients of federal funding from requiring contractors to sign controversial project labor agreements (PLAs) as a condition of winning federal or federally-assisted construction contracts
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Orlando median home price jumps 11 percent as sales hold steady and inventory plummets

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

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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

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Florida Realtors® Commends Gov. Scott for Signing HB 7109

Maria Wells, 2017 president of Florida Realtors® and broker-owner with Lifestyle Realty Group in Stuart, issued the following statement regarding Governor Rick Scott’s signing of HB 7109 today