PRO Advocacy Update for August

Flood Insurance Update, Again

On July 18th Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) successfully added an amendment to the Homeland Security Appropriations Bill that would delay the increased rates for “grandfathered” properties. The bill still needs to be voted on by the full Senate. We will let you know as soon as that happens. An amendment to the same effect already cleared the House of Representatives thanks to the help of Reps. Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA).

Many Realtors® have already witnessed firsthand the consequences of the new National Flood Insurance Program. If you have any cases that seem unusual please contact Joe Farrell at jfarrell@tampabayrealtor.com. Click here for more info on this topic.

Fewer ‘A’ Schools Than Last Year

Changes to the testing of Florida public school students have caused a tightening of the number of top schools in the area. The schools themselves have not changed, but the ever evolving test standards have decreased the number of pre-high-school ‘A’ schools from 1242 to 760. For Realtors® answering that ever important question of “Where would my children go to school?” the answer just got a little more difficult.

School grades could change significantly, again, with the adoption of the Common Core standards being introduced for 2014-2015 school year. We will continue to monitor the situation. Click here for more info on this topic.

Pinellas Realtor® Organization Recommends

The PRO Board of Directors voted unanimously for its recommendations for Mayor and City Council of St. Petersburg. The member only candidate screening committee reviewed questionnaires and interviewed candidates. There are thoughtful, qualified candidates running for every seat, but a few stood out for their overall commitment to community, understanding of economic issues, and advocacy for property owners. PRO recommends the following candidates for the August 27th primary election:

Mayor: Bill Foster

District 2: Jim Kennedy

District 4: Darden Rice

District 6: Karl Nurse

District 8: Amy Foster

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