Housing & Development

Housing & Development

Florida Realtors® Celebrates June As National Homeownership Month

Opening the doors to homeownership is a top priority for Florida Realtors® . Across the state and throughout the U.S., Realtors continue to promote housing opportunities and the removal of barriers to homeownership in recognition of June as National Homeownership Month.

Ross Welcomes Hurricane Hunters to Lakeland Linder

U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross (R-FL-15), Senior Deputy Majority Whip, today spoke at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) ribbon cutting ceremony for its new Aircraft Operations Center (AOC) facility at the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport.

Rubio, Cortez Masto Urge Administration to Protect Seniors from Eviction Under Reverse Mortgage Program

U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), members of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, today urged U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney to protect seniors from potential eviction under reverse mortgage rules. The senators urged the Administration to keep existing safeguards in place to protect seniors from losing their homes and requested verification of the Administration’s plan to do so

Workers’ Comp Scam Leads to Arrest of Central Florida Construction Company Owner

Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater today announced the recent arrest of Leon “Chuy” Jimenez, owner of Chuy Construction Inc. (Chuy Construction) after a fraud investigation revealed that Jimenez allegedly operated a shell construction company for the sole purposes of selling the company’s workers’ compensation certificate. A shell company conducts no significant business operations and is used as vehicle to conduct fraudulent financial scams, such a workers’ compensation fraud

U.S. Rep. Castor’s Statement on Pres. Trump Pulling the U.S. from the Paris Climate...

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14), vice ranking member of the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee, which has oversight over the U.S. Department of Energy, EPA and clean energy policy, released the following statement regarding President Trump's announcement that he is quitting the landmark Paris Climate Accord

Justice Department Settles Disability-Based Housing Discrimination Lawsuit with City of Jacksonville, FL

The Justice Department today announced a settlement with the city of Jacksonville, Florida, to resolve allegations that the city violated the Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act when it refused to all ow the development of permanent supportive housing for individuals with disabilities in its Springfield neighborhood.

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.
ORRA

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
FEMA

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.

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

Orlando home sales, median price both rise in August

The median price of Orlando homes sold during the month of August increased nearly 10 percent while sales increased almost 3 percent compared to August 2016, report the Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association. Inventor continued its year-over-year slide and dropped about 16 percent