2019 CRA Legislation Summary

CS/HB 9, related to Florida Community Redevelopment Agencies, was passed by the 2019 legislature.

Effective October 1, 2019, the new legislation increases accountability and transparency requirements without undue limitations on the operations or administration of Florida CRAs.

See below a summary of updated requirements. 

CS/HB 9 (LeMarca):
  • Requires ethics training for all CRA board members
  • Requires the CRA to use the same procurement processes as the city or county
  • Revises the annual reporting requirements for agencies
  • Allows for extensions of CRA terms beyond 2039
  • Limits the extension of outstanding bonds' maturity beyond 2039
  • Updates state agency requirements when declaring inactive CRAs
  • Allows the amounts of funding by each taxing authority who passes the funding ordinance of a CRA trust fund to be lowered to 50%
  • Requires all CRA expenditures to be pursuant to the annual budget
  • Such budget/amendments shall be submitted to the county 10 days after approval
  • Revises the list of allowed expenditures by a CRA
  • Allows end of fiscal year carry over of project funds beyond the 3 year limitation
  • Revises audit requirements
  • Requires the audit to accompany the annual financial report under 218.32
For a complete analysis and description of these summary points, please visit the 2019 Summary of CRA Legislation (CS/HB 9) page on MyFRA.

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Jobs Around the State 

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CRA Operations Manager - Colllier County 

The Collier County Board of County Commissioners is seeking a knowledgeable, results-oriented professional to serve as a CRA operations manager. This position is responsible to develop, manage and implement redevelopment and economic revitalization programs and projects within the Bayshore Gateway Triangle Community Redevelopment Area.

To view the full opening, click here.

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CRA Manager - City of Kissimmee

The City of Kissimmee is seeking a CRA manager responsible for day-to-day operations, planning, budgeting, capital acquisitions, financial control and various other duties for two community redevelopment districts. The ideal candidate will have a bachelor's degree in business administration, public administration, urban planning, economics, finance or closely  related field. 

To view the full opening,  click here.
Sponsor and Exhibitor Registration Open

Sponsor and exhibitor registration for the 2019 FRA Annual Conference is open!

Exhibiting or sponsoring at the annual conference is the perfect opportunity to network with the redevelopment community. Plus, exhibitors and sponsors receive perks like a listing in the program and a copy of the FRA membership directory. 

For registration details and packages,  click here. 

The deadline to register is September 2, but we encourage  you to reserve now as space is limited! 

If you have any questions, contact Carol Westmoreland at 850-570-7206 or cwestmoreland@flcities.com.
Gainesville Projects to Provide Housing Opportunities 
 
Two residential development projects, Woodland Park and Heartwood, are finally underway in southeast Gainesville. 

The Woodland Park project began the first of three phases last week with a groundbreaking ceremony. The housing project will feature 96 new multi-family units with up to four bedrooms and a new community center. 

Meanwhile, the final touches on infrastructure and site construction are being completed for the Heartwood housing project, which sits on the 15 acre former Kennedy Homes site. Buyers will be able to choose from 14 different home models ranging in price from $150,000-$260,000. Several lots will be developed by Gainesville's Housing and Community Development Department so eligible tenants can participate in the down payment assistance program. 

To read more about these projects,  click here.
Show Your Support for Redevelopment By:

 
Attending the 2019 FRA Annual Conference in Downtown Tampa!

Information about the annual conference can be found  here. 

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