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February 2018

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January 2018 Events

Government Affairs Update

Impact Fees:

HB 697 by Rep. Miller received approval from the House Ways and Means Committee.  The bill prohibits a local government from requiring impact fee collection prior to the issuance of permits. It also prohibits impact fees from being used to pay for refinancing of existing debts.  

Affordable Housing Trust Funds: 

SB 874 by Sen. Passidomo received unanimous approval from the Senate Community Affairs Committee. SB 874 prohibits the legislature from using said funds (Sadwoski Funds) for anything other than their original purpose, affordable housing. Its House companion, HB 191 by Rep. Sean Shaw has yet to receive a hearing. 

Statute of Repose: 

HB 875 by Rep. Leek was amended then approved by the Civil Justice Sub-committee. The amendment adopted was an attempt to forge an agreement amongst the interested parties. Thanks to the help of VBC member Todd Merrill of Taylor Morrison Homes, a meeting following the bill hearing produced a product closer to our original intent; to ensure that punch list items and warranty services do not delay the “start” of the repose time clock. 

State Assumption of 404 Federal Permit Authority: 

The House Natural Resources and Public Lands Committee, Chaired by Rep. Raschein, voted to introduce a committee bill which requires the State DEP to enter into negotiations with the Army Corps of Engineers to assume their 404 permitting authority. If the assumption of 404 permitting authority is assumed by the state, permitting should be streamlined and quicker. 

Constitution Revision Commission: 

In a blow to the business commission, CRC Proposition 29 passed out of its second committee. CRC Proposition 29 requires virtually all businesses, including construction contractors, to use a state e-verification system to verify citizenship of all employees. The proposal is more of an implementing bill than a constitutional amendment. It gives broad power to DBPR for inspections and enforcement to ensure compliance..

Assignment of Benefits:

The Senate Banking and Insurance Committee scheduled Sen. Steube’s SB 1168 version of AOB. While containing many of the House provisions it also contains provisions opposed by the Insurance industry. Unfortunately, time ran out in the committee. The bill has been rescheduled for a hearing next week.

Building Commission Make Up: 

HB 299, by Rep. McClain, seeks to modify the makeup of the Florida Building Commission. It is expected to be on the calendar for the Commerce Committee. 

Expediting Local Permits and Inspection: 

The Committee on Local, Federal and Veteran Affairs is expected to workshop legislation requiring local governments to create an expedited permitting and inspection program for construction projects. FHBA leaders plan to be in attendance at the workshop. 

Onsite Sewage Systems: 

SB 1664 by Sen. Simmons will be heard by the Senate Committee on Environmental Preservation and Conservation. SB 1664 applies the springshed/BMAP provisions of onsite sewage systems to municipal water and sewage systems.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 24, 2018) - With building and construction among the hottest industries in the region for growth in the foreseeable future, Daytona State College is ramping up its training initiatives with a variety of short-term course offerings designed to build a job-ready workforce.

The first series of courses start in late spring at the college’s New Smyrna Beach-Edgewater Campus, located at 940 10th St., with plans to offer them at the college’s other locations as well, said Frank Mercer, director of DSC’s Center for Business & Industry.
“These are intensive, short-term courses that can be completed in a few weeks and are designed to be offered in a flexible space, meaning they don’t require a specific, dedicated lab,” explained Mercer. “This makes them portable, allowing us to get more people trained right in their own neighborhood. We hope to have several courses going at one time once we get up and rolling later this spring.”
Offerings that prepare students for careers in the skilled trades include:

·         Fiberglass Fabrication Boot Camps (40 contact hours)

·         Fibrous Glass Duct Construction (21 hours)

·         Exterior Window, Door & Skylight Installation (18 contact hours)

·         Fiberglass Shingle Installation (12 contact hours)

·         OSHA 10-Hour Construction Course (online)

·         Vinyl & Fibrous Cement Siding Installation (18 contact hours)
According to Volusia County Economic Development, building and construction are set to be major economic drivers for the area over the next few years.
The courses, which will be taught by DSC faculty, are approved by Career Source Flagler/Volusia, meaning there is financial assistance and job placement assistance available for qualified students, said Mercer.  For details, contact Career Source directly at (386) 561-9750 or<>.
For information on specific courses, contact Mercer at (386) 506-4461 or<>.


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Sage and seer George Casey looks at the future and declares 'it's here' in 2018!



Congratulations to Martin Pham with GEOSAM and VBIA Member for being nominated as one of the top 40 Business Professionals Under 40 by the Daytona Beach News Journal for 2018


Tax Reform Law Will Benefit Builders, Small Businesses

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Copywriting Ideas to Improve the Quality of Your Real Estate Listing

 Real estate listings suffer from a common problem - most of them just aren’t that well written. While the real estate agents who sit down and pen the listings do their best, many do not have the copywriting chops necessary to effectively draw in their readers. Fortunately, there are several steps that can be taken to improve the quality of your real estate listings. These steps will entice the reader to look further in the listing and find out more information rather than skip over and go on to whatever catches their eye. 

1. Optimize for a keyword

2. Include a Call-to-Actionat the End

3. Keep Sentences Shortand Sweet

4. Write an Effective Headline

5. Remain Focused on the Information

6. Edit, Edit, Edit

To define and implement your 2018 social media strategy, contact Ursula Amon

Spike Report

New Members

It's Here! The updated Spike Roster (12/31/17) is now available! 

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What is a Spike?

Recruiting new members to your local association is an activity recognized and rewarded through the Spike Club. Those who participate are called Spikes. 

For more information on Spikes visit: 

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 “Every man owes a part of his time and money to the business or industry in which he is engaged.  No man has a moral right to withhold his support from an organization that is striving to improve conditions within his sphere.”

--Theodore Roosevelt

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 “Every man owes a part of his time and money to the business or industry in which he is engaged.  No man has a moral right to withhold his support from an organization that is striving to improve conditions within his sphere.”

--Theodore Roosevelt

Save the Dates!


Feb 12-14    FHBA Spring Legislative Conference Tallahassee

Feb 24 - March 4: 2018 Parade of Homes

Mar 23:  Parade Gala @Hard Rock Hotel

Aug 28     Primary Election

Nov 6      General Election

Calendar 2018

Thank you to our 2017 Parade Diamond Sponsors 

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