Taxed To the Hilt, More Homebuyers Are Migrating to Florida

Article Courtesy of The Herald-Tribune By The Associated Press    Published July 3, 2019 FORT LAUDERDALE — Fed up with the high taxes and regulation back home in New York, retired officer Thomas Maloney and his wife, real estate agent Theresa …

Announcement: Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Condominium & Planned Development Law

Posted by Bakalar & Associates, PA 7/10/19 The Law Offices of Bakalar & Associates, PA is pleased to announce that as of June 1, 2018 attorneys Susan P. Bakalar and Leonard Wilder have received their certification in Condominium & Planned …

After six years of stalemate, property insurance reform heads to Governor

Article Courtesy of The Sun Sentinel By Ron Hurtibise Published April 28, 2019 A bill aimed at stemming costly lawsuits between repair contractors and property insurers has finally passed both the Florida House and Senate after six years of stalemate and …

Proposal to eliminate condo arbitration program moving through Legislature

Article Courtesy of The Tallahassee Democrat By Jeffrey Schweers Published April 11, 2019 A proposal (SB 1362) moving through the Legislature would eliminate an inexpensive statewide condo mediation program in favor of dramatically more costly private mediation and court jurisdiction …

Local governments should regulate short-term rental property

Article Courtesy of The Orlando Sentinel By Ernie Bach Published March 1, 2019 As the Florida Legislature reviews numerous legislative proposals this session, a key issue impacting Florida’s neighborhoods and homeowners will be proposed legislation to pre-empt the ability of …

Florida is drowning. Condos are still being built. Can’t humans see the writing on the wall?

People tend to respond to immediate threats and financial consequences – and Florida’s coastal real estate may be on the cusp of delivering that harsh wake-up call Published by The Guardian.com by Megan Mayhew Bergman Fri 15 Feb 2019 06.00 EST …

Private Beaches In Florida Spark Battle With Residents And County [9-13-18]

Article Courtesy of NPR By Greg Allen Published September 13, 2018 Santa Rosa Beach, in Florida’s Walton County, is a quiet place with sugar-white sand, a pleasant surf and signs warning visitors to stay out. The largely rural county on …

Children and Athletes at Play on Toxic Turf and Playgrounds

By: Nyedra W. Booker, PharmD, MPH and Stephanie Fox-Rawlings, PhD Reprinted by Permission of: Cancer Treatment and Prevention Fund 1001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20036 www.StopCancerFund.org Is your child playing on rubber instead of grass at the …

Flood insurance rate hikes take effect; most to see small increases [4-10-18]

Article Courtesy of The Sun Sentinel By Ron Hurtibise Published April 10, 2018 Flood insurance premiums just got more expensive — again. Effective April 1, the average premium rose 8 percent, from $866 per policy to $935. But the vast majority of …

Florida building codes thwarted hurricane damage, report shows [3-26-18]

Article Courtesy of The Orlando Sentinel By Mary Shanklin   Published March 26, 2018 Florida ranked top in the nation for its building codes, according to a new report that cited newer construction better withstanding hurricane damage. The nation’s biggest hurricane target unseated …