Recapping FHBA’s Legislative Conference and Reporting Great News from the Florida Building Commission

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

Jay Carlson

Carlson & Soforth

PO Box 511232

Punta Gorda, FL 33951

941-637-1244

jcarlson@sunline.net

Builder

Rick Goff

KG II Development

4980 S Ferdon Boulevard

Crestview, FL 32536-5230

850-682-8635

goff@kgiidevelop.com

Builder

Ray Puzzitiello

Puzzitiello Builders, LLC

2101 Vista Parkway, #114

West Palm Beach, FL 33411

561-939-4852

ray@puzzitiello.com

Custom Builder

Lee Arsenault

New Leaf Construction, Inc.

4348 Southpoint Boulevard #210

Jacksonville, FL 32216-0933

904-802-0993

larsenault@newleafci.com

Custom Builder

Mike Keesee

Keesee and Associates, Inc.

668 N Orlando Avenue, #106

Maitland, FL 32751-4459

407-880-2333

mike.keesee@gokeesee.com

Engineer

Alan Gremillion

GL Homes

1600 Sawgrass Corporate Pkwy, #400

Sunrise, FL 33312

954-753-1730

 

Jeremy Stewart

Jeremy Stewart Construction

PO Box 1918

Crestview, FL 32536-7918

850-682-6156

jeremystewart@crestviewhomes.com

Builder

Ed Dion

Dion Builders

1105 Lothian Drive

Tallahassee, FL 32312-2835

850-386-5664

eddion@eddion.com

Remodeler

Bill Smock

Gator Plumbing

1104 64th Street Ct E

Bradenton, FL 34208-6216

941-747-1110

billsmock2@yahoo.com

Plumber

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.