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.

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

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.

Median Prices Continue to Rise in Fla.’s Housing Market in April 2017

Rising median prices and constrained inventory remained a prevailing trend in Florida’s housing market in April, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®. The trend resulted in a loss of momentum for home sales: Sales of single-family homes statewide totaled 23,829 last month, easing slightly (-1.2 percent) when compared to April 2016

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...
Fla.’s Housing Market

Fla.’s Housing Market: Sales, Median Prices Up in 1Q 2017

Florida’s housing market reported more closed sales, higher median prices and more pending sales during the first quarter of 2017, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®. Closed sales of single-family homes statewide totaled 60,733 in 1Q 2017, up 5.1 percent over the 1Q 2016 figure.

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.

Miami Realtors Commercial Event to Provide Key Market Update

Ten industry leaders, including an American Dream Miami consultant, will discuss the state of South Florida commercial real estate at the fifth annual MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) Realtors Commercial Alliance (RCA) Midyear Update. More than 100 MIAMI members will attend the event Friday at the Coral Gables Country Club.

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.

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

Key Rubio Provisions for Everglades Restoration Included in Senate Energy and...

The Senate Committee on Appropriations approved the 2018 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, which includes key provisions proposed by U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) that would help advance critical Everglades restoration projects to benefit South Florida’s environment and economy, and help protect drinking water supplies.