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SCCA/CAN Town Hall 7/10/15

By Alan B. Garfinkel, Esq.

Roger Kesselbeck, President of the Space Coast Communities Association (SCCA), said it best:

“With the power of our new partnership, SCCA and the Community Advocacy Network (CAN) held our representatives accountable to the communities who elected them. How often do you see your Senator and Representative in person and freely engage in a down to earth discussion? When do you get to let them hear your side of the story, face to face?”

This past Friday, July 10th, 2015, nearly one hundred community leaders representing more than 75 Space Coast communities, crowded together at the first annual Space Coast Legislative Town Hall, hosted jointly by CAN and SCCA. Community association leaders, professional licensed community association managers and local business representatives, met and mingled with their elected representatives, then proceeded to shoot out tough questions.

Senator Thad Altman (R-Cape Canaveral), his staff, and Representative Debbie Mayfield (R-Vero Beach) discussed what their priorities were for this past Legislative Session and then spoke of the budget allocations specific to Brevard County. Both were gracious with their time and honestly interested in how their actions affect you and your neighbors. 

Representative Mayfield was instrumental in our efforts to stop the bad estoppel bill that was flying through the legislature this year on the wave of millions of dollars fronted by title companies. If the Estoppel Bill passed, make no mistake, it would have increased costs to everyone of us owing property in community associations.

The Legislators and their staff were patient and answered all questions presented. At one point, Senator Altman explained the process of amendments to a surprised group that did not fully grasp just how convoluted the law making process can be. 

Things got heated regarding the impact of the portion of the transportation budget called “All Aboard Florida.” Unlike the South Florida area, the Space Coast would get none of the benefits associated with the new commuter rail system. Still, the citizens of the Space Coast didn’t go home empty handed…

Millions in budget allocations for Brevard County include:

  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University: $3 million
  • National Veterans Homeless Support for Transition House Homeless Veterans Program: $150,000
  • Brevard County Veterans Memorial Center Expansion: $1.5 million
  • City of Cocoa Beach Upland Seawall: $2.2 million
  • Brevard County Shore Protection Project/Mid-Reach Segment: $1.9 million
  • Cocoa Beach Removing Storm Water Contaminants on Minutemen Causeway: $400,000
  • Brevard County Shore Protection/North & South Reaches: $39,000

To see a breakdown of all the budget allocations for your county, please click here

We at CAN are proud to partner with organizations such as SCCA and look forward to this latest regional CAN Town Hall becoming an annual event. CAN is thrilled to continue to closely work with an organization like SCCA, celebrating 40 years on behalf of 22,000 residents of the Space Coast. CAN will continue to work with organizations who place the interests of community associations first; lobbying for communities, by communities and educating our lawmakers about the unique aspects of association living while holding our lawmakers accountable in person to keep their promises to you and me.

We look forward to hosting these statewide forums. If you would like to see a CAN Town Hall in your area, please contact us at CAN.

With warmest personal regards.

Yours in community, 

Alan B. Garfinkel, Esq.

Katzman Garfinkel, Founding Partner

and Community Advocacy Network, Chairman

Source: Can FL Alerts

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