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Miami’s Community Newspapers Luncheon with Governor Ron DeSantis

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Miami welcomed a special guest on May, 9th to the Banquet Hall of Evelyn Greer Park, Pinecrest by the name of Governor Ron DeSantis. Councilmembers, mayors, business owners, and ordinary citizens alike were all in attendance at the luncheon, numbering more than 275 altogether. It was clear that the hall was ecstatic when Governor DeSantis entered the building, a testament to his charisma and character as the executive in chief of our state. Many expressed their heartfelt gratitude for the governor’s leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic and his policies towards education and the environment, increasing state protections and funding in many aspects for Florida and the city of Miami. Community Newspapers is proud to host Governor Ron DeSantis as a guest speaker and the honored guests that joined us for this spectacular luncheon event.


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Florida gov signs condo safety bill after building collapse

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida will require statewide recertification of condominiums over three stories tall under new legislation Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law Thursday as a response to the Surfside building collapse that killed 98 people.

But while the measure was hailed by lawmakers, the senator who represents Surfside, Democrat Jason Pizzo, warns there’s a lot more to do — and the state doesn’t have enough structural engineers to handle the workload required to make sure all the state’s high-rise condominiums are safe.

“Tell your nieces and daughters and sons to go study engineering,” Pizzo said.

The governor’s signature came the day after the House unanimously passed the bill during a special session originally called to address skyrocketing property insurance rates. The condominium safety bill was added to the agenda Tuesday and immediately passed by the Senate.

Recertification will be required after 30 years, or 25 years if the building is within 3 miles (5 kilometers) of the coast, and every 10 years thereafter. The Champlain Towers South was 40 years old and was going through the 40-year-recertification process required by Miami-Dade County when it collapsed last June.

At the time, Miami-Dade and Broward counties were the only two of the state’s 67 that had condominium recertification programs.

There are more than 1.5 million condominium units in Florida operated by nearly 28,000 associations, according to a legislative analysis conducted earlier this year, Of those, more than 912,000 are older than 30 years and are the home to more than 2 million residents.

Pizzo said there are about 650 certified structural engineers in Florida. And there’s a high demand for them on new construction alone. Most of the provisions of the law will take effect in 2024, so there is some time to prepare, Pizzo said.

“We’re going to be back in regular session at least one more time before any of this really kicks in, which gives ample time to tweak, amend, hear from the public and people on the ground,” said Pizzo, who is hosting a public forum on the new law with other legislators next month.

He said that the state Department of Business and Professional Regulation doesn’t have enough staff to handle condo regulation.

“They’re operating on bare bones,” he said. “When it comes to life safety issues, I’m just not comfortable that the same agency that licenses manicurists are also licensing engineers for buildings … They need to be well resourced.”

The bill would require that condominium associations have sufficient reserves to pay for major repairs and conduct a study of the reserves every decade. It would also require condominium associations to provide inspection reports to owners, and if structural repairs are needed, work must begin within a year of the report.

Similar legislation failed during the regular session that ended in March.

Meanwhile, a final settlement agreement is expected Friday that will pay at least $96 million to homeowners with condos in the Surfside building but whose families suffered no loss of life.

The condominium legislation was attached to a bill that would forbid insurers from automatically denying coverage because of a roof’s age if the roof is less than 15 years old. Homeowners with roofs 15 years or older would be allowed to get an inspection before insurers deny them coverage.

While some Democratic lawmakers complained that the special session on insurance didn’t go far enough to help relieve homeowners, they did praise the addition of the condominium safety legislation.

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1 in custody after gun fired, 1 pistol-whipped at South Beach hostel

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MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have taken one person into custody after a firearm was discharged at a busy hotel in South Beach.

Miami Beach Police units responded to the scene of the incident at the Bikini Hostel along the 1200 block of West Avenue, Thursday afternoon.

Investigators believe there was a domestic incident during which a man was pistol-whipped.

Police said a gun was fired, but no ones was hit.

Detectives have confirmed a person is in custody but have not provided further details, as they attempt to determine what led up to the incident.

Please check back on WSVN.com and 7News for more details on this developing story.

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Miami Fashion Week to preview famous designers’ 2023 resort wear collections

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Paris, Milan, New York — they’ve got nothing on Miami when it comes to resort clothes. That’s why the fashion elite are heading to SoFlo for some fun in the sun.

Deco got a preview of Miami Fashion Week, and let’s just say I’m gonna punish my credit card when these new lewks hit store shelves.

South Florida, get ready to strut into the fashion scene. Miami Fashion Week is back!

Lourdes Fernandez Velasco: “Miami Fashion Week is that one week of the year where we get together and celebrate resort cruise collections in Miami, the capital of cruise.”

Next week, designers from all over the world will be in SoFlo previewing their 2023 collections.

Lourdes Fernandez Velasco: “We’re going to have very curated shows, we will have great designers. we will have Missoni being our special guest for the first time, which is going to be amazing.”

This year, they’re changing things up.

Lourdes Fernandez Velasco: “We’re going from our great big venue, which was the Ice Palace, and we’re going into museums such as Vizcaya, Frost Science and Gary Nader Museum.”

One of the designers who can’t wait to show off his stuff is our very own Rene Ruiz with his Rene by RR collection.

Rene Ruiz: “As a Miami designer, Miami Fashion Week is super important, just being in the industry in Florida. They’re also the second most important fashion week in the United States after New York, of course, because they are recognized by the CFDA, which is the Council for Fashion Designers of America.”

Rene by RR’s resort wear is bright and bold. It has a global feel.

Rene Ruiz: “It has a little bit of a Spanish influence, but also has a lot of Miami, because like usual, my clothes have definitely a Miami flair, because I am Rene by RR.”

His menswear is perfect day and night.

Rene Ruiz: “I’m doing men’s shirts that are in charmeuse, which is an unusual fabric for a man, and that’s going to go through the whole collection. I am doing it in bright colors. One of the looks that I will be showing is the white dinner jacket. They are very versatile.”

He didn’t forget about the ladies. Va, va, voom!

Rene Ruiz: “I am doing like a one-shoulder dress seamless. The dots are just because I was in Málaga in Spain and the flamenco inspiration.”

The best part of Miami Fashion Week is, everyone can get a front row seat, as long as they’re in front of a computer.

Lourdes Fernandez Velasco: “We are doing a livestreaming of all the shows, so virtual attendees can be part of it through our livestreaming.”

FOR MORE INFO:

Miami Fashion Week

May 31 – June 5

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