Overtown CRA seeks extension

All seem to agree that Overtown has made admirable progress as it emerges from past public and private neglect and that much of that progress can be attributed to the area’s community redevelopment agency. As the historically Black neighborhood continues to overcome inherent socio-economic challenges, residents agree that they want to see the life of…

Developers break ground on new hotels

The dream of building a place where people can come, stay and enjoy Vilano Beach’s unique barrier island community, and where people who live on the island can enjoy new amenities has been shared by past and potential business developers. Soon, the dream will become reality with the addition of two new hotels in Vilano…

Largo sees new apartments, shops, streetscaping

Largo’s long-sought downtown redevelopment is progressing, thanks to a mix of public and private projects along the West Bay Drive and Clearwater-Largo Road corridors. “I think we are at that critical point where we are starting to get both the city’s public investment and the private investment that will create a critical mass,” says Community Development…

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…

FMLC Helps Local Governments Fund Projects

On August 23, 2018, the Florida Municipal Loan Council announced the closing of its 27th series of fixed-rate bonds, issuing $7.595 million of bonds. Using the FMLC’s bond program, the Series 2018A bonds were issued on behalf of the City of Bradenton to finance the construction of a public parking garage. Located in downtown Bradenton,…

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…