November 2017

In Spite of Harassment Headlines, Session Issues Emerge

Most of us in Tallahassee review daily legislative clips to glean up-to-the-minute news from the Capitol. Lately, editorial space meant for legislation updates is being held for the latest broadcast of politicians facing sexual harassment or ethical complaints. As intriguing as all that can be, we cannot lose sight of the fact the 2018 Legislative …

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Upcoming Florida Building Code Changes to Flood Provisions

Building officials, developers, engineers, architects, and others are anticipating the next edition of the Florida Building Code, 5th Edition, effective December 31, 2017. Many projects to repair flood damage or to rebuild homes destroyed by Hurricane Irma and other flooding events may be subject to this edition of the Code. Nearly all of Florida’s flood …

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Tax Reform Report Post NAHB Meeting in D.C.

by George Cooper, Immediate Past 2nd Vice President NAHB invited myself and Rusty Payton to come to Washington to meet with key Florida congressmen regarding the proposed income tax reforms. On November 14th, we were joined by JP Delmore, the NAHB lobbyist for Florida, in meeting with the chief of staff for Senator Marco Rubio, an aid …

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Hurricane Harvey: Worker Shortage Slows Rebuilding After Storms

Contractors told Mindy Gronauer that repairs on her four-bedroom Houston house – whose main floor was destroyed by flooding from Hurricane Harvey – should be completed in about four months. “That’s not going to happen,” says the 64-year-old retiree. She figures it will take more like a year, noting that all 159 homes in her neighborhood sustained …

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CBIA Member Named National Association of Home Builders Young Professional Finalist

Ryan Benson, principal with A. Vernon Allen Builder in Naples has been named a National Association of Home Builders Region A finalist for the 2017 NAHB Young Professional Award. The NAHB Young Professional Awards recognizes young building industry professionals under the age of 45 who propel their careers forward; advance in all three levels of …

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Greater Orlando Builders Association Names New President, Officers and Directors for 2018

The Greater Orlando Builders Association (GOBA) held its annual Installation and Awards Dinner at The Mezz in Downtown Orlando, Florida on Thursday November 2nd. Members of the Greater Orlando Builders Association came together to celebrate their 2017 leadership and install its president, officers and directors for the year 2018. Bill Silliman of Silliman Cityside Homes, …

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Construction Industry Pushes Back Against GOP Tax Reform Provisions

The House Republican tax bill would eliminate tax breaks for a popular funding mechanism used by public-private partnerships (P3s) and put an end to electric vehicle tax credits, according to The Hill. The GOP measure would do away with the tax-exempt benefit of private-activity bonds (PAB’s), which many private companies have used in the past …

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