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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.

Sales activity versus available inventory drive Orlando’s supply of homes to its lowest point...

Buyer activity during the month of March pushed the supply of homes available for purchase in Orlando to just 2.48 months’ worth, the lowest since May of 2013 and swinging the market pendulum further towards favoring sellers. Housing economists consider six months of supply to indicate a market that is balanced between buyers and sellers.

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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Sentinel Concierge FL Launches New Website

Leading concierge service provider, Sentinel Concierge FL, launched a new website to help clients gain easy access to their services and information on how concierge services can make life easier. Leading Florida based personal concierge services provider, Sentinel Concierge FL, has announced the launch of its brand new website
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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.

Firefighters save two children from apartment fire

Lake County firefighters this morning rescued a three-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl from an apartment fire in the 2600 block of Shirleys Way in Leesburg. Upon arrival, Lt. Glenn Bidwell, Firefighter Brad Hermesman and Firefighter Eric Steiner of Station 52 saw smoke billowing out of the front door of the three-story apartment. Told that there were children inside, they quickly searched the home and found two children in a back bedroom.

Lake County receives improved Building Code insurance rating

The Insurance Services Office, Inc. (ISO), an insurer-supported organization, recently upgraded Lake County’s Building Code Effectiveness Classification into its top tier.

Rooney to Trump: Let’s Make Infrastructure A+ Again

Congressman Tom Rooney (FL-17) sent a letter to President Donald Trump proposing a common-sense solution to accelerate federal investments in our country’s aging infrastructure

Ross Reintroduces Bipartisan Flood Insurance Bill to Help Homeowners

U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross (R-FL-15), Senior Deputy Majority Whip, today reintroduced his bipartisan legislation, the Flood Insurance Market Parity and Modernization Act, which would encourage the development of a robust private flood insurance market that can offer homeowners options in terms of pricing and coverage.

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.

Registration Now Open for Free Senior Scam Workshop in Tallahassee

Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater’s Department of Financial Services will host a financial safety workshop for seniors next week in Tallahassee. This free Operation SAFE (Stop Adult Financial Exploitation) workshop is open to seniors, their families and caregivers, and is hosted as part of CFO Atwater’s On Guard for Seniors program. The program was launched in 2012 to educate seniors about financial topics such as annuities, identity theft, reverse mortgages and long-term care insurance

Castor, Ross Reintroduce Bipartisan Flood Insurance Bill to Help Homeowners

U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross (R-FL-15), Senior Deputy Majority Whip, today reintroduced his bipartisan legislation, the Flood Insurance Market Parity and Modernization Act, which would encourage the development of a robust private flood insurance market that can offer homeowners options in terms of pricing and coverage.

Florida Realtors®: Reducing Business Rent Tax Key for Fla. Business Expansion

As the 2017 Florida Legislature begins, Realtors® from across the state are ready to advocate for legislative priorities that will protect homeowners, promote business and community growth, safeguard Florida’s natural resources, ensure fair and transparent real estate transactions and provide Floridians with more affordable housing options.
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REALTORS® recommend real-estate friendly candidates for election

ORRA is pleased to recommend REALTOR® Chris Sapp, Suzi Karr Realty, for election to Windermere Town Council along with additional candidates running for public office. The municipal election will be held on Tuesday, March 14.

Lake County to host household hazardous waste collection events in Mount Dora and Fruitland...

In an effort to encourage residents to dispose of toxic materials in a safe and environmentally sensitive way, Lake County Solid Waste is hosting two household hazardous waste collection events in March.

House Committee Releases Legislation to Repeal and Replace the Affordable Care Act

The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, where Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) serves as the only Florida Republican, released the text of their legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act through a budget process known as reconciliation.

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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