The Redevelopment Works campaign is raising awareness about the importance of Florida’s community redevelopment agencies (CRAs), which serve to revitalize communities.

2019 Legislative Recap

CS/HB 9, related to Florida Community Redevelopment Agencies, passed the Legislature this session.  To view the final version, still to be signed by the Governor, please click here.

Don’t forget, when you need to share CRA successes throughout the state, use the hashtag #RedevelopmentWorks. There is no need to recreate the wheel for statewide information. The FRA intends to build an online library (also under the Redevelopment Works tab) of best practices that you use to comply with current law, and then later, how you comply with the new provisions.

SHORT SUMMARY: The bill contains increased accountability and transparency requirements WITHOUT undue limitations on the operations or administration of your CRAs.

CS/HB 9 (LaMarca)

Community Redevelopment Agencies
Passed During the 2019 Florida Legislative Session

  • Requires ethics training for all CRA board members;
  • Requires the CRA to use the same procurement processes as the city or county;
  • Revises the annual reporting requirements for agencies;
    • Allows for extensions of CRA terms beyond 2039;
    • Limits the extension of outstanding bonds’ maturity beyond 2039;
    • Updates state agency requirements when declaring inactive CRAs;
    • Allows the amounts of funding by each taxing authority who passes the funding ordinance of a CRA trust fund to be lowered to 50%;
    • Requires all CRA expenditures to be pursuant to the annual budget;
    • Such budget/amendments shall be submitted to the county 10 days after approval;
    • Revises the list of allowed expenditures by a CRA;
    • Allows end of fiscal year carry over of project funds beyond the 3 year limitation;
    • Revises audit requirements;
    • Requires the audit to accompany the annual financial report under 218.32;
    • Effective October 1, 2019.

2019 Campaign Resources

  • Florida’s community redevelopment agencies (CRAs) serve to revitalize communities through projects such as streetscapes and roadway improvements, building renovations, neighborhood parks and more.
  • CRAs are created by local governments and funded by tax increment financing, which captures tax revenue from property value increases in a designated area – increases that are the result of effective redevelopment.
  • Unfortunately, Florida’s CRAs are currently under attack by proposed legislation that will enact crippling limitations in an attempt to impede the creation of new CRAs and terminate existing programs by 2039.
  • CS/Florida Senate Bill 1054 and CS/Florida House Bill 9 aim to impose a long list of limitations that will have an enormous negative impact on the survival of local CRAs.
  • Without local CRAs, the progress that has been made in redevelopment will come to a halt; property values will drop, and communities will suffer.
  • The Redevelopment Works campaign is working to raise awareness about the importance of Florida’s CRAs to ensure continued progress in community redevelopment.

We encourage you to email your legislator and express your support for CRAs.

FIND YOUR LEGISLATORS

Click below for a list of the 2018-2019 key legislative dates.

KEY LEGISLATIVE DATES

Below are advocacy letters sent to Florida lawmakers in opposition to the proposed legislation attacking CRAs. If you would like your advocacy letter added to this list, please email Carol Westmoreland, FRA Executive Director, at cwestmoreland@flcities.com.

Use the following web buttons/badges to link to us on your website and highlight the Redevelopment Works initiative. You may copy the images or the HTML code directly below the images to place them on your website.

Show your support for the Redevelopment Works campaign on social media by using the hashtag #RedevelopmentWorks. Be sure to like the Florida Redevelopment Association Facebook page and follow @FLRedevel on Twitter.

Redevelopment Works Campaign Videos

Redevelopment Works

Southeast Overtown / Park West

Pensacola

Tallahassee

Gainesville

CRA Success Videos

Boynton Beach

Southeast Overtown / Park West

Delray Beach

Gainesville

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If you are an FRA member looking to get involved in the Redevelopment Works campaign, we encourage you to join FRA’s legislative committee!

SIGN UP FOR FRA’S LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE

2018 Campaign Resources

The 2018 Legislative Session concluded with no changes passed to the laws that govern Community Redevelopment Agencies! 

We especially want to thank our intrepid lobbyists, our members, our campaign leaders with RB Oppenheim and Associates and our community leaders. Without your interest and effort, we could not succeed.

We would also like to thank the citizens of Florida for believing in CRAs statewide. YOU are the reason Redevelopment Works. Thank you to all who wrote, called, posted successes on social media and spread the good word locally.

Make sure, especially over the next year, to keep close to FRA to learn the current statutory requirements, how to keep in compliance and what the latest best practices are for CRAs.

For the bill history, amendments and final action on CS/HB 883, click here.

Please make sure to thank your legislators for their support! The list of who voted with CRAs can be viewed here.

  • Florida’s community redevelopment agencies (CRAs) serve to revitalize communities through projects such as streetscapes and roadway improvements, building renovations, neighborhood parks and more.
  • CRAs are created by local governments and funded by tax increment financing, which captures tax revenue from property value increases in a designated area – increases that are the result of effective redevelopment.
  • Unfortunately, Florida’s CRAs are currently under attack by proposed legislation that will enact crippling limitations in an attempt to impede the creation of new CRAs and phase out existing programs.
  • Florida Senate Bill 432 and Florida House Bill 17 aim to impose a laundry list of limitations that will have an enormous negative impact on the survival of local CRAs.
  • Without local CRAs, the progress that has been made in redevelopment will come to a halt; property values will drop, and communities will suffer.
  • The Redevelopment Works campaign is working to raise awareness about the importance of Florida’s CRAs to ensure continued progress in community redevelopment.

We encourage you to email your legislator and express your support for CRAs.

FIND YOUR LEGISLATORS

FRA members can find more Redevelopment Works resources on the FRA Member Network.

FRA MEMBER RESOURCES

Use the following web buttons/badges to link to us on your website and highlight the Redevelopment Works initiative. You may copy the images or the HTML code directly below the images to place them on your website.

Redevelopment Works Campaign Videos

Redevelopment Works

Southeast Overtown / Park West

Pensacola

Tallahassee

Gainesville

CRA Success Videos

Boynton Beach

Southeast Overtown / Park West

Delray Beach

Gainesville

SEE MORE VIDEOS