A message from your Sergeant-At-Arms, Joe Petrick:

Good Afternoon FACE members.

Please see below action alerts from the Florida League of Cities to oppose HB 773 relating to Short Term Rentals Preemption and HB 883 related to Community Redevelopment Agencies.  These are both scheduled to be considered by the House Government Accountability Committee tomorrow, Thursday February 22nd, so please call today.

To voice your opposition call one of the representatives listed  below. When their staff answers, say the following “ MY name is ______________ calling from  (city or county and/or state your address). I am asking representative (Pick at least one from the list below) to oppose HB 773 and 883.”   If you recognize your representative on the list below please call them. If not pick at least one to call. These calls do make a difference in Tallahassee.

Thank you for your help!

Action Alert for HB 773 relating to short term rentals: 

Short-term Rentals Preemption - Oppose HB 773!

 On Tuesday, February 13, HB 773 ( La Rosa ) will be considered by the House Government Accountability Committee at 3:00 pm.  Please contact members of this committee and urge them to OPPOSE HB 773.

HB 773 (La Rosa) prohibits cities from establishing ordinances specific to short-term vacation rentals. Instead, the law would require that all residential properties be treated the same, regardless of whether the property is being used as a rental or not. HB 773 would allow cities with vacation rental ordinances in place prior to June 1, 2011, to amend their ordinance, but only if the amendment makes the regulation of vacation rentals less restrictive.

Action Alert for HB 883:  Community Redevelopment Agencies (CRAs)

Community Redevelopment Agencies (CRAs) Up Again in the House

Oppose CRA Amendment to HB 883!

On Thursday, February 22, the House Government Accountability Committee will consider HB 883 (Ingoglia) – a six page bill which originally related to Community Development Districts. An amendment has been filed to the bill that includes the CRA language the FLC opposes that was originally filed in HB 17. This is a 193 page amendment that would re-title the bill “An Act Relating to Local Government.” This creates a vehicle to include the original CRA bill and any other legislation affecting cities and counties. Please contact members of the House Government Accountability Committee and urge them to Oppose the Amendment to HB 883.

The amendment for HB 883 would increase audit, ethics, reporting and accountability measures for community redevelopment agencies. This is the same language that passed the House of Representatives the first week of session.

Of specific concern to cities, the amendment outlines a process by which CRAs can be phased out, unless reauthorized by a super majority vote of the body that created the CRA. Additionally, the amendment prohibits the creation of a new CRA unless authorized by a special act of the Legislature.

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