NYC area tax-law refugees fuel Fla. luxury-home boom

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Florida 2018 Facts


  • Population: 20,984,400
  • 2018 job growth: 2.3%
  • 2017 job growth: 2.2%
  • New jobs in 2018: 193,400
  • New jobs in 2017: 181,500
  • Unemployment rate by year-end 2018: 3.7%
  • Unemployment rate at year-end 2017: 3.9%

Florida GDP is expected to grow about 3.8 percent in 2018 and 2019, well above the national average. Construction is booming: a new high-rise is going up in Miami, and many retail strips are being converted to upscale. Housing starts will rise 10% this year and 6% next year, with home prices continuing to rise 6 percent to 10 percent on high demand. Florida still faces an oversupply of luxury condos, but cheaper housing is tight in most areas of the state. The manufacturing sector is surging, along with much of the service sector. Workers are becoming scarcer, as unemployment rates are dropping fast in many metro areas. Residual effects of the Hurricane Irma evacuation are still keeping labor force growth low in the southwest and the southern Atlantic coast. Orlando continues to be the hottest growth area, with gains in tech, aerospace, and healthcare. Also, the resort beaches of the Panhandle are beginning to be discovered.

Domestic tourism to Florida is still setting records, but international tourism is down, especially to Miami. Latin American currencies have fallen in relation to the dollar this year. Overseas immigration to the state is also down.

The tax law change limiting the amount of property deductions may increase relocations to the Florida Atlantic coast from the Northeastern states. Any effect should be seen later this year and next.

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4811 Bonaire Cay – Virtual Tour

Virtual Tour of 4811 Bonaire Cay.

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Beach Survey Form

This is a link to a survey about your beach experience here in Florida.  Feel free to use it and share with others.  Great tool to have.

Beach August 26 2014

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Alaqua, A No Kill Shelter

One of my passions is helping at Alaqua Animal Refuge owned by locals Laurie and Taylor Hood.  I have been assisting walking dogs on a weekly basis since 2006.  I carve out Tuesday mornings to help in a busy real estate calendar.   Alaqua is located in Freeport, FL which is a fast and growing area north of the Choctawachtee Bay in Walton County.

I love dogs!!  I guess I have always loved dogs ever since spending summers on my grandparents farm.  Grandma always had several dogs running around the farm.  One dog was named Smokey and I thought he could talk.  My Grandma would get the farm truck going down the dusty road at a good clip and would start saying “I love you” to the dog.  Not long after the trip started, Smokey would sound like he was saying “I love you”.  I was amazed and fell in love with dogs on that day.  

Now older, I have had 10 dogs in my life and for as much as I love them, they can also rip your heart apart.  This happened to me two years ago in 2016 when I lost two of my dogs in a short amount of time.  My heart was broken.  However, I am again a two dog owner.  They fill a void in my life.  When I need a hug, I hug them.  It automatically makes me feel better.  If I need a walk, I walk them.  They encourage me daily to be a better person.  They teach me more about love and appreciation than any human could.

If you find time to visit the Alaqua website, I would encourage you to do so and read some of the amazing stories of rescues that this organization does.  If you want to get involved, hit the Volunteer button.  They could always use more help.  If you want to donate, please do.  A $25 donation pays for food for one dog per month.  A load of hay for the horses cost $600 per load.  It is not cheap to care for these animals, so your help is appreciated.  If you are looking to adopt an animal, this is the great place to start your search.

My sweet dogs are below and were both adopted.  Adopted pets are the best.  They will be loyal to you for life.  Thank you.  Kelly

Dolly and Libby

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3 easy ways to transform a yard into an outdoor oasis

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Public Outrage WINS for Florida Beaches

BREAKING NEWS: Gov. Scott Takes Executive Action to Protect Access to Beaches

Governor Rick Scott today issued Executive Order 18-202, which urges Florida counties to protect public beach access and directs the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to support these efforts. The executive order specifically calls on counties to not limit access to beaches. In March, Governor Scott signed HB 631, sponsored by Senator Kathleen Passidomo (R-Naples) and Representative Katie Edwards-Walpole (D-Sunrise), which passed the Florida Legislature with an overwhelming, bipartisan majority.

“Florida is home to the world’s best beaches, and every Floridian and visitor has the right to fully enjoy our state’s natural resources. Florida beaches belong to all of us, and people from across the world visit Florida because of them – and we are going to keep it that way,” said Governor Scott.

“Last session, HB631 was passed with overwhelming support from both Democrats and Republicans,” Scott continued. “Unfortunately, the legislation has now created considerable confusion and some have even interpreted it as restricting beach access. I’m committed to keeping our beaches open to the public and this executive order makes this commitment clear. Today, I am ordering the Department of Environmental Protection to do everything in their power to advocate to keep our beaches open and public.”

“Also, I am putting a moratorium on any new state regulation that could inhibit public beach access and also urging local government officials to take similar steps to protect Floridians’ access to the beach.”

Government’s job is to help solve problems, and in Florida, when there is an issue or confusion surrounding legislation, we take action to address it. Florida is the most beautiful state in the nation. We have hundreds of miles of pristine coastline and we are known for having the best beaches across the world. We absolutely cannot do anything that changes that.”

The new Executive Order takes the following action to protect public beach access:

1. The Governor’s executive order imposes a moratorium on executive state agencies adopting any rule or restriction to inhibit the public’s access to Florida’s beaches, unless there is a clear risk to public safety;

2. The Governor directs the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to serve as an advocate for the public’s right to public beach access. This includes establishing an online reporting tool so Floridians with concerns about beach access can provide input. DEP will compile this input and submit a report to the Florida Legislature and the Governor before the next legislative session. DEP will also serve as a liaison to local governments to ensure the public’s right to access the beach is protected;

3. The Governor urges all local government entities to not adopt any rule or ordinance that would restrict or eliminate the public’s access to Florida’s beaches. He is calling on every county in Florida to not take any action that limits access to beaches

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