The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency shifted development approval for sites that include wetlands to the State of Florida, and developers praised the change, saying it cuts down lots of red tape. However, environmental groups have filed a lawsuit challenging EPA’s decision.
At this point, lenders don’t know. Thanks to easy application terms, they’re not sure how many homeowners are at risk and how many took forbearance “just in case.” On Jan. 3, about 1 in 20 mortgage holders (5.5%) were in a forbearance program, according to mortgage bankers.
Sen. Ray Rodrigues, R-Estero, filed a proposal to establish an Office of Resiliency that operates under Gov. Ron DeSantis, and a nine-member Sea-Level Rise Task Force to create baseline projections on expected sea-level rise and its flooding impact on Fla.’s coastlines.
Cities and counties with populations of 200K-plus will distribute their rental-assistance money to landlords and renters (about $550M), and Fla. will distribute the funds in all other areas (about $850M). The dollar amounts are estimates, and DeSantis expects funding “in the coming weeks.”