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June 19, 2015


The Legislature has done its part in passing provisions to delay three elements of the 5th edition Florida Building Code for one year (until June 30, 2016), which are mandatory blower door testing, new mechanical ventilation requirements, and the secondary fire elevator for high-rises.


Now, we need your help.


Tell Governor Scott you support budget line item 2250 that provides a study on the economic and health impacts of complying with these provisions, which will solidify the yearlong delay.


We’ve made it easy for Governor Scott to hear from you. Simply click here to access a pre-designed message from the FHBA’s Action Alert System.


If you choose to e-mail Governor Scott directly at rick.scott@eog.myflorida.com, in the subject line put: Support Budget Line Item 2250, and use the prepared message below:



The Honorable Governor Scott,


As a member of the Florida Home Builders Association, I encourage you to support budget line item 2250, which provides a study on the economic and health impacts of complying to three mandates within the 5th edition of the Florida Building Code: blower door testing, new mechanical ventilation requirements, and the secondary fire elevator in high-rises. Section 69 of the implementing bill delays the implementation of these provisions until this study can be completed.


As a member of the building industry, I am concerned that builders and associated trades are not ready to incorporate the best building practices required to pass the test and there may be too few certified testers in the Panhandle and other areas of the state. Concern is growing that the mechanical ventilation rates may be too restrictive and a potential health concern to Floridians. Lastly, the mandatory secondary fire elevator will result in the cancellation of several high-rise projects creating an economic hardship on those within the construction workforce.


Please support a one-year delay (until June 30, 2016) for these three provisions within the 5th edition of the Florida Building Code until an adequate study of the economic and health considerations is completed.


Thank you for contacting Governor Scott, asking him to support budget line item 2250. Your action will not only help to solidify the one-year delay on three elements within the 5th edition Florida Building Code, but also takes us one step closer to improving the business environment of the building industry.


More about the FHBA...


Affiliated with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and Florida's local/regional home builder associations, the Florida Home Builders Association (FHBA) enjoys a legacy of success. At its core, FHBA is about advocacy and its legislative, legal and political initiatives have worked together to create the best possible economic and regulatory environment for our members to succeed. In addition to advocacy, FHBA provides members with timely news and information, high-quality education and a wide array of competitively priced products and services.



 411 Code: Code Solutions Now Just a Call Away

The Florida Home Builders Association is proud to provide members a solution through the 411 Code program. 411 Code provides members free access to 30-year building administration veteran John Farinelli to ask questions, provide code interpretations and give plan review assistance and analysis for builders who find themselves at odds with their local building departments.

Make the Call

Florida Home Builder members that contact Mr. Farinelli can expect to receive a response within 24 hours and an answer in as little as 10 minutes or a long as 5 days, depending on the complexity of their request. Click here to view the flyer.

To access this valuable member benefit, contact John Farinelli:

Call: (561) 662-6545 

Email: 411code@fhba.com


Contact: Ed Volz


Charter Review Commission

c/o Lee County Attorney’s Office

(239) 533-2236

Email: charter@leegov.com



Charter Review Commission to hold off-site meetings


Fort Myers, FL, May 14, 2015 — The Lee County Charter Review Commission will hold the second public meeting located in Commission District 2.


The Commission will meet in BoCC District 2 at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 28, at Florida SouthWestern State College, Lee County Campus, 8099 College Parkway SW, Fort Myers, FL 33919. Meeting attendees will gather in Room AA-177. The Commission is seeking input from the public regarding any proposed amendments to the County Charter. 


“We want to ensure citizens have access to the Commission, and we want input from across the county,” said Ed Volz, who was elected commission chair at its inaugural meeting March 11. That meeting and a subsequent meeting on March 26 happened at County Admin Bldg, adjacent to the Old Courthouse in downtown Fort Myers.


Find more information at www.leegov.com/charterreview/Pages/default.aspx.


The Lee County Charter Review Commission comprises 15 members appointed by Lee County Commissioners. They serve for 18 months with the purpose of reviewing the Home Rule Charter and proposing any amendments or revisions, which may be placed on the general election ballot.




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