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Point of View: Florida’s community redevelopment agencies under attack again

Michael Simon Palm Beach Post March 17, 2019 Last year, a lack of public understanding surrounding Florida’s community redevelopment agencies (CRAs) – combined with some negative publicity and a grab for funding – led some state lawmakers in Tallahassee to believe all of these agencies should be completely eliminated. Thanks to the many residents, business…


Economic Development Director – City of New Port Richey

Economic Development Director: Fulltime exempt position. Salary range $75,400 to $85,700 DOQ. Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning, Economics, Real Estate, Business Administration, Public Administration or related field.  A Master’s Degree is preferred. Four or more years of progressively responsible experience in planning and development, business/public…


Kokolakis Contracting Wins FGBC Award for Artisan Apartment Home Project

Kokolakis Contracting’s Artisan Apartment Home project won first place in the “FGBC Certified Green High-Rise Residential” category. This is an annual award given by the Florida Green Building Coalition for the highest scoring project in the entire State. This success starts with a community, and its leaders, who value and support sustainable development. It requires…


3 Questions about CRA Legislation

Florida Politics – Sixty Days for 3.4.19 March 4, 2019 Lawmakers are taking another stab at overhauling community redevelopment agencies (CRAs). Republican state Rep. Chip LaMarca, of Lighthouse Point, and Thonotosassa Republican state Sen. Tom Lee have filed legislation that would bring more accountability and transparency to CRAs, which target slum and blight at the local level. The Florida League…