As President of the Florida Home Builders Association (FHBA), I want to say thanks for all whom traveled to Tallahassee and advanced the FHBA legislative agenda. We focused on 6 priority issues: Statute of Repose; Impact Fees; State Assumption of 404 Permitting; Affordable Housing Funding; Construction Defects and Condominium Bulk Buyer Protections. To view a copy of our Legislative handout, click here.
It makes a difference when legislators see the “folks from back home” proving that you do care. In case you didn’t attend you missed:
- Reception honoring our FHB-PAC 1,000 Club Members at Proof Brewery where 7 legislators appeared, many of whom are running for statewide office or congress.
- Tuesday morning’s Legislative Briefing began with comments by Rep. Frank White (R-Pensacola) who is a candidate for Attorney General and Sen. Kathleen Passidomo (R-Naples) who is sponsoring 4 FHBA priorities;
- The legislative briefing packets contained lots of helpful information of where to go, what to do and what to leave behind. The “leave behind” was a big hit with the legislators which briefly summarized the FHBA’s priorities.
- Our GA Chair, Frank Severino, offered a Lobbing Seminar for first-time hill visitors. It received great reviews.
- To cap off the day, the FHBA hosted a Legislative Reception Tuesday evening.
- The event took place at one of Tallahassee’s “historical” watering holes next door to the Capitol.
- Many of our legislative friends showed up to mingle with FHBA members and staff. A good time was had by all.
- The following day, for those that didn’t party too hard, was taken up by the Board of Directors meeting.
While the FHBA was meeting this week in Tallahassee, the Florida Building Commission (FBC) was meeting in Jacksonville. The main news from the FBC was the establishment of a Residential Construction Cost Impact Work Group.
Why a Residential Work Group:
- To provide a residential builders perspective and comment on impactful code proposals.
- To put a price tag on proposed changes to the code
- To place residential builders on equal footing with other proponents of code changes who are representing Technical Advisory Committees (TACs), i.e. roofing advocates have a Roofing TAC; electrical advocates have an Electrical TAC; fire protection advocates have a Fire TAC, etc.
See the list of members of this new work group. You’ll recognize all the members.
Residential Construction Cost Impact Work Group
Carlson & Soforth
PO Box 511232
Punta Gorda, FL 33951
KG II Development
4980 S Ferdon Boulevard
Crestview, FL 32536-5230
Puzzitiello Builders, LLC
2101 Vista Parkway, #114
West Palm Beach, FL 33411
New Leaf Construction, Inc.
4348 Southpoint Boulevard #210
Jacksonville, FL 32216-0933
Keesee and Associates, Inc.
668 N Orlando Avenue, #106
Maitland, FL 32751-4459
1600 Sawgrass Corporate Pkwy, #400
Sunrise, FL 33312
Jeremy Stewart Construction
PO Box 1918
Crestview, FL 32536-7918
1105 Lothian Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32312-2835
1104 64th Street Ct E
Bradenton, FL 34208-6216
The work group will be working with FBC staff in the near future to become integrated into the FBC code development process of the 7th edition of the code over the next three years.
Wow! What a great week to be FHBA’s President.