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Building Code Adoption

By |March 10th, 2017|Codes & Standards, Industry, News & Updates|

SB 7000 by Sen. Tom Lee (R-Brandon) http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2017/07000 and HB 091 by Rep. Stan McClain http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2017/00901, supported by the homebuilders, reverse the process for revising the Florida Building Code. Current law requires the Florida Building Commission to automatically adopt the International Code Council (ICC) codes every three years, and the Commission then may make Florida-specific modifications. Instead, the bills [...]

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Workers’ Compensation

By |March 10th, 2017|Industry, Legislative, News & Updates|

Several Florida Supreme Court decisions in the past year, especially related to attorney fees, have resulted in a 14.5 percent current year average increase for workers’ compensation insurance premiums. AFSA-FL is a committed partner to the larger business community that is working to restore the stability and low premiums Florida has enjoyed since the 2003 [...]

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Hi-Rise Retrofit

By |March 10th, 2017|Industry, Legislative, News & Updates|

Condominium association interests are taking aim at the hi-rise sprinkler retrofit law that finally took effect December 31, 2016. HB 653 by Rep. George Moraitis (R-Ft. Lauderdale) http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2017/00653 and SB 744 by Sen. Kathleen Passidomo (R-Naples) http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2017/00744 would extend the opt-out and installation deadlines two years each to December 31, 2018, and December 31, 2022, respectively. The bills also [...]

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The 2017 Florida Legislative Session

By |March 6th, 2017|Industry, Legislative|

The 2017 Florida Legislative Session officially gets underway on Tuesday, March 7th. The Session lasts 60 calendar days, and unless extended will adjourn on May 5th. AFSA-FL set three top legislative priorities during the joint Board meeting in January: preserving the hi-rise retrofit requirement, preserving the current building code adoption mechanism, and restoring workers’ compensation [...]

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Quarterly Meeting

By |March 3rd, 2017|News & Updates|

Our next quarterly meeting is Monday, April 24 in Ft Myers and is open to members in good standing, RSVP is required.  Karl Thompson, CFPS, will be presenting classes for contractors and AHJs after which all are welcome to join us for dinner, cocktails and an evening of fun off property.  Registration opening soon.  Vendors [...]

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Make the trip to Tallahassee

By |March 3rd, 2017|Legislative, News & Updates|

Relationships.  Our lives and livelihoods are built upon them.  People form bonds with strangers over a hometown, an alma mater or favorite sports team.  It is surprisingly easy to become fast friends over such topics.  As an industry, we know our friends and we really know our enemies.  Our enemies are those who fight against [...]

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Worshippers relocate after arson fire damages Thonotosassa mosque

By |February 24th, 2017|News & Updates|

THONOTOSASSA — A call from a security company roused Mazen Bondogji from sleep about 2 a.m. Friday. The sprinklers at the Daarus Salaam Mosque had been activated, a company representative told Bondogji, who serves on the mosque's board. Bondogji arrived to find firefighters dousing a small fire in front of one of the entrances of [...]

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Burn care specialists detail the realities of home fires

By |January 12th, 2017|News & Updates|

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Oakland building where fire victims died was source of complaints

By |December 6th, 2016|News & Updates|

The Florida Chapter of the American Fire Sprinkler Association wishes to express our condolences to the families who have lost loved ones in the recent fires in an old California warehouse converted to a club and in the three-family dwelling in Massachusetts.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the first responders and we pray we [...]

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Office Takes Action on Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rates

By |September 29th, 2016|Industry, Legislative, Public Education|

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After a thorough review of the workers’ compensation insurance rate filing submitted by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) and careful consideration of hundreds of public comments and testimony received from interested stakeholders, the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (Office) has issued an Order that gives contingent approval to an overall [...]

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