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H ome F ront. May/June 2012. The Official Publication of the Home Builders Association Manatee-Sarasota. at. Executive Board. Greetings HBA Members…. President: Michael Rego, John Cannon Homes. FREE 1-Hour Hurricane Preparedness Seminar – June 5 th. 1 st Vice President:

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May/June 2012

The Official Publication of the Home Builders Association Manatee-Sarasota


Executive Board

Greetings HBA Members…


Michael Rego, John Cannon Homes

FREE 1-Hour Hurricane Preparedness Seminar – June 5th

1st Vice President:

David Hunihan, Neal Communities

The HBA will be conducting a FREE 1-hour seminar on Hurricane Preparedness here at the HBA office in Lakewood Ranch on June 5th at 4pm.

If you have family, friends or neighbors who are homeowners and would like to register, please contact Elizabeth ASAP! Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. We will have door prizes and serve light refreshments.

2nd Vice President:

Melissa Shapiro, Bradenton Herald


Jaclyn Ohman, Baron Construction


Drew Smith, Two Trails

Immediate Past President:

Mike Kramer, Sharp Design Studio

Immediate 2nd Vice President:

Missy Weishaar, Waste Management

We appreciate your help in driving people to this seminar and encourage you to attend!

To register, contact Elizabeth at or (941) 907-4133 x. 309

Executive Vice President:

Alan Anderson, HBAMS

Sarasota Slam Fishing Tournament:

Sponsorship Opportunites & Registration Forms Now Available!

Upcoming Events

6/1 Networking Breakfast Hosted by First Federal Bank of Florida

6/5 FREE Hurricane Preparedness Seminar

6/14 Member Mixer at Ferguson Enterprises

6/19 Green Building Council

6/21 Remodelers Council & GA Manatee Meeting

6/28 Membership Committee

7/26 - 28 SEBC Conference

8/7 - 11 Sarasota Slam

Visit the HBA website for more information about these events:

This year’s Sarasota Slam welcomes the addition of a Kayak Division and Cornhole Tournament!

For sponsorship and registration information, visit:

The Southeast Building Conference Comes to Orlando, FL – July 26-28th

Now in its 34th year, the SEBC is the largest regional building industry trade show in the South, owing its success to world-class seminars presented by some of the industry’s top experts, knowledgeable exhibitors anxious to share news of products and services, and valuable business-to-business and peer-to-peer interaction.

To reserve exhibit space at SEBC, contact Vice President of Exposition Management Lynne Edwards at 800-261-9447, ext. 109 or e-mail her at

Or visit the show’s official website at to register to attend.


Hot Topic: Curbing Unlicensed & Unpermitted Work

The HBA and the Remodelers Council continue to take the lead in this critical concern for our community. We have partnered with the area’s building department staff, code enforcement, law enforcement and the State Attorney’s office – each of which help to enforce the unlicensed and unpermitted work going on everyday.

We encourage everyone to be aware and report any suspicious activity, such as a lack of posted permits or permit board, unusual trucks coming and going, dumpsters set on or near a home site, work being done off hours and on weekends, etc. These are some of the tell tale signs of work being down without a permit or by an unlicensed contractor.

SPECIAL NOTE: Please be aware that if you want to report suspected illegal construction activity ANONYMOUSLY you will need to tell the person you are calling that you do NOT want to be identified. If you fail to make that known during your call, there is a good chance that your name and number will become public record. BE CAUTIOUS, but be vigilant in continuing to help curb this problem.

Spring Fling Golf Tournament 1st Place Overall Winners: Jeff Cooper, Matt Drews, T.J. Nutter & Mike Bloom at Rosedale

Golf & Country Club

Report Suspicious Activity:

Sarasota County: 941-861-5000

Manatee County: 941-742-5800

DPBR in Tallahassee: 1-866-532-1440

Purchase Magnetic Signs for

Your Vehicles!

1 for $3 ~ 2 for $5 ~ 5 for $10

Support the campaign and help raise awareness. Call Elizabeth at 941.907.4133 ext. 309 to get your 6” HBA logo color magnets. Hurry, they are going FAST!

The FBA chapters in Manatee and Sarasota thank Jenny Malone and 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty for their outstanding support for helping get our 180 FBA students passes for the 2012 IBS show in Orlando this past Spring.  The wooden plaque was made by the FBA students from their workshop at Palmetto High School, under the direction of FBA Advisors James Kapper and Bob Lounds. 

“Cruise for Dues” Incentive

The Membership Committee is working on a Cruise for Dues program that is retroactive to January 1, 2012 through September 30, 2012. All you need to do is recruit 6 “NEW” members to WIN A 5-DAY, 4-NIGHT CRUISE FOR TWO! Contact the HBA staff to get more details.

Don’t wait – RECRUIT NOW!

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Membership is the LIFE BLOOD of the association and we can only make this happen if you help with the people YOU know! Think membership and DO BUSINESS WITH A MEMBER! THANKS!

HBA Manatee-Sarasota

Welcome to our new members!

Parade of Homes

American Plumbing of Sarasota

Badger Bob’s Appliances and A/C

Boyd Insurance and Investments


Cox Chevrolet

Fairway Funding Group

Gorman’s Bath Gallery

HD Supply- White Cap

Home Depot

Hughes Exterminator

Land Solutions Inc

Lowe’s Home Improvement

My Shower Door

Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

Sharp Design Studio

Vertical Lift and AccessibilityWRA

Sarasota Slam

Young Builders Network

Warranties for new Homes, Remodels, Light Commercial, Systems & Appliances

2-10 HBW is Celebrating 30 Years in Business

Contact Jenny Malone


Be sure to “Like” each page!





FHBA Scores Big Victory by Streamlining Permitting…

Among its many 2012 legislative successes, the Florida Home Builders Association (FHBA) counts among the biggest the passage of House Bill 503, which brought significant cost-savings for developers through the streamlining of the state’s environmental permitting system. Developer savings typically translate into lower-priced building lots and more affordable housing for Florida’s home buyers.

Sponsored by Rep. Jimmy Patronis (R-Panama City) with the companion bill sponsored by Sen. Mike Bennett (R-Bradenton), HB 503 was signed by Governor Rick Scott as part of his ongoing commitment to reduce regulations on Florida businesses. The bill covers a variety of streamlining measures that include shortening the time frames to receive a permit, extending the duration of certain permits, expediting inland port permits, lowering the jobs threshold for expedited permits, and expanding the use of internet-based self-certification services for certain exemptions and general permits.

  • Inshore Division
  • Offshore Division
  • Kayak Division
  • Kids Tournament
  • Cornhole Tournament

An important provision in the bill for the building industry prohibits a state agency or local government from conditioning the approval for a development permit, after July 1, 2012, on an applicant obtaining a permit or approval from any other local, state or federal agency, thus eliminating the unnecessary, time-consuming and costly practice of state agencies or local governments.

For more details, visit under Features/Legislative Updates.

Download Forms at


Contact the HBA Office for More Details

Home Affordability Hits a Record High!

Nationwide housing affordability hit a new record high in the first three months of this year, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index. The affordability record was also broken during the previous quarter.  

According to the Housing Opportunity Index, 77.5 percent of all new and existing homes that were sold during first quarter of this year were affordable to families who earned the national median income of $65,000. During the last quarter of 2011, 75.9 percent of homes sold were affordable to people who earned the median income. The builders association says that overly tight lending rules keep many people from taking advantage of the housing deals.

Contact Us

Home Builders Association Manatee-Sarasota

8131 Lakewood Main Street, Suite 207

Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202

Office: (941) 907-4133

Fax: (941) 907-4134

Executive Vice President

Alan Anderson

Ext. 304

Deputy Executive VP

Beverly Smock

Ext. 303

Membership & Events Director

Elizabeth MacDonald

Ext. 309

Networking Breakfast

Friday, June 1, 2012 ~ 8:30 – 9:30 AM atFirst Federal Bank of Florida

Member Mixer

Thursday, June 14, 2012 ~ 5:00 – 7:00 PM atFerguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery

Annual Sarasota Slam Fishing Tournament

August 7 - 11, 2012 at Marina Jack

Mark your calendars! We are already gearing up for this year’s tournament! Sponsorship and registration information available!