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…

Advocacy Letter: Please OPPOSE HB 9

Letter from Richard J. Reade, Village Manager of the Village of Palm Springs, to the House Local, Federal and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee of the House State Affairs Committee on HB 9 (LaMarca) / March 5, 2019: Good Afternoon Chariman Payne, Vice-Chairman Rommel and Representative Silvers and Members of the House Local, Federal and Veteran’s Affairs Subcommittee, On behalf…

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…

Make your voice heard on HB 9

On Tuesday, March 5, the House Local, Federal and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee of the House State Affairs Committee (scheduled for 1 PM at the Capitol) will consider HB 9 (LaMarca). The way this bill is currently drafted, it would significantly limit the formation and continuation of Florida Community Redevelopment Agencies. Please email or call the…

Redevelopment Worked

The 2018 Legislative Session concluded with no changes passed to the laws that govern Community Redevelopment Agencies! We want to thank our intrepid lobbyists, our members, our community leaders and the citizens of Florida for believing in #CRAs statewide. You are the reason #RedevelopmentWorks. To learn more about the 2018 session, read our latest newsletter here!

News from the SEOPW CRA

CRA Board Approves the Purchase of 19 Housing Units at Town Park Plaza North The Southeast Overtown / Park West Community Redevelopment Agency (“CRA”) can now add homeownership opportunities to its list of goals for Overtown. On March 1, the CRA Board of Commissioners approved $700,000 to purchase nineteen (19) townhouses at Town Park Plaza…

House bill could eliminate CRAs, lead to more sprawl in Florida | Thumb down

Treasure Coast Newspapers Editorial Board Treasure Coast Newspapers Feb. 28, 2018 Sometimes, legislative bills metastasize. Case in point would be Florida House Bill 883, which started out as a measure designed to expand Community Development Districts, or CDDs, which are created by property owners who then sometimes use the CDD to borrow money, make improvements,…