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Letter From DBPR Secretary with Summer Reminder

Dear Friends,

Summers in Florida can get hot! During the summer months, many Floridians look to hire contractors to add to or restore their swimming pools. As May is National Water Safety Month, I want to remind Florida residents of the importance of hiring only licensed pool contractors.

DBPR’s Construction Industry Licensing Board is responsible for licensing and regulating contractors throughout the state of Florida. As you prepare for the summer months ahead, it is important to understand when a license is required for a pool service. Essentially, any time an individual is hired and installs or takes apart equipment that is attached to or used for cleaning or water treatment, a license is required. Pool cleaning and basic water treatments do not require a DBPR license.

If you are looking to hire a pool contractor this summer, it is imperative to use good judgment before signing a contract. A few simple rules to follow to avoid contracting scams include requesting multiple references, verifying prospective licenses, checking references and getting everything in writing (i.e. completion date, total cost, description of repair work). Licenses can be verified by visiting, calling (850) 487-1395 or downloading the free DBPR Mobile app available in the iTunes and Google Play app stores.

Swimming pools and spas are places where families and friends spend time together to cool off from the summer heat. Enjoy your time by the pool and feel confident jumping into summer knowing you hired a licensed pool contractor!


Ken Lawson�s Signature

Ken Lawson

Department of Business and
Professional Regulation
1940 North Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
Customer Contact Center:

CAI Recommends Passing The Home Act

The HOME Act, H. R. 4696, introduced by Representatives Eshoo (D-CA) and Thompson (D-CA), allows for an income tax deduction for homeowners association assessments and fees. Specifically, the bill provides for homeowners in community associations - condominiums, housing cooperatives and homeowners associations - who earn $115,000 or less in annual income, to deduct up to $5,000 of their association fees and assessments from their federal tax liability.

Click here to contact your Representative today and urge them to co-sponsor the HOME Act!

“The HOME Act recognizes that millions of middle class homeowners are struggling to keep up with rising household expenses like child care, college tuition, health care, mortgage and community assessments,” Eshoo said. “The Home Act can go a long way by providing relief from this tax burden on millions of middle class families.”

This bill recognizes the financial inequity facing homeowners in a community association as they pay property taxes and community assessments but receive many municipal services from their community association not the municipality. The HOME Act would lighten the financial burden of homeowners and make homeownership more affordable and attainable for more families.

If you need additional information about this issue, please contact us anytime at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (888) 224-4321.

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Pickin' Picnic Coming May 7th




Music festival? Food festival? Beer festival? Why not all three?! Pickin' Picnic combines everything into one big, family-friendly celebration. Grab your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy your favorite craft beers, food trucks, and local bands. The best part? Admission is FREE!

It's all happening Saturday, May 7, 2016, at the Bradenton Riverwalk Pavilion.  Come visit with C&S at the C&S tent!


2:00 p.m. — Free Craft-Beer Tasting & Food Truck Battle, hosted by Kirsten Sponseller from
3:00 p.m. — Sam Robertson
4:00 p.m. — Michael Snayd Music
5:15 p.m. — Lady and Gentleman
6:30 p.m. — The Western Sons
7:45 p.m. — Dropin Pickup
9:00 p.m. — Good Graeff


C&S Community Management Services, Inc.
Heintz & Becker

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C&S Presents Board Certification Class May 3rd

C&S is presenting a Board Certification class for board members of their client communities on May 3, at 6:30 PM at the Comfort Inn located at the intersection of I-75 and Highway 64.  New board members are required by Statute to become certified within 90 days of being elected or appointed to the board.  

Class materials will be provided and seating is limited so we must know in advance that you wish to attend.  Please call Janet Fernandez at 941-758-9454 ext. 121.  C&S provides the Board Certification Class several times a year for our clients.   Our annual Board Member Forum is in February of each year and is open to all communities.  There is no charge to attend any C&S event. 

C&S Wins Multiple Awards, Thanks Clients


The C&S staff sincerely thanks our clients for all your support and taking time to vote for C&S.  


2016 Awards Low Res

Update: Internet/Email Outage

Internet/Email outage is still in progress at 5:00 PM. Frontier Communications is saying on the news that everything is fixed however there is still no service in at least Manatee County. We will keep you posted.

UPDATE:  C&S email and internet is working again! Problems were finally corrected early Saturday morning.

Verizon FIOS Is Down For Much of Florida


The seamless transfer that Frontier Communications promised for taking over Verizon FIOS has been anything but seamless. C&S has been without all data lines since 6:30 this morning.

If you have emailed C&S today, we have not only not received your email, we do not yet know when and if we will.

Once FIOS is restored in Florida it would be a good idea to email us again if you do not get a reply. We are sorry for the inconvenience. If it helps you, C&S phone lines are working


Ouch, Itch, Scratch, It’s Almost Bug Season!

Whether you’re attacked while working in the garden, enjoying a picnic in the park or lounging by the pool, bug bites and stings are an inevitable summer annoyance. At best, bites and stings can be uncomfortable for a few days; at worst, they can be a serious, life-threatening hazard.

Here are some tips on how to relieve the itch or sting and when to know if you should seek medical attention:

If the bite or sting is mildly painful or itchy, apply over-the-counter medication that contains Benadryl or cortisone for topical relief. Other home remedies, like a applying a paste made from baking soda and water, dabbing on ammonia with a cotton ball, soaking in oatmeal baths or even applying toothpaste to the site may also provide relief.

Whatever you do, don’t scratch. This can cause an infection and leave a scar. And it won’t relieve the itch or sting.

If you feel faint, nauseous, dizzy or disoriented, or if you experience rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing or your lips, tongue or throat swell, call 911 immediately. These symptoms indicate a severe allergy to the insect’s venom. Administer an Epi-pen (injectable epinephrine) if one is available and administer CPR if symptoms worsen before emergency personnel arrive. After the episode, follow up with a physician who can determine an allergy prevention treatment.

Stay alert for delayed symptoms around the bite or sting, like redness or swelling, which could indicate an infection or other condition. And see a doctor right away if you have a headache, fever or joint pain within a few days of being bitten. Some insects, like ticks and mosquitoes, can infect their victims with serious, flulike illnesses, such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease and West Nile virus, which only a physician can diagnose and treat.

Most important, use insect repellant when outdoors and wear light-weight, light-colored clothing over arms, legs and feet to keep insects off your skin. And avoid wearing perfume and fragrances, which can attract bugs.

C&S Ready For CA Day

C&S is set up and ready for CA Day on Thursday.  If you are wondering where our trademark money tree is, well it is coming and will be there as usual.  Be sure to fill out your entry form to win the money! Free handouts too!  Hope to see everyone Thursday at Booth 404!


CA Day March 10th


Venice Conference Room Finished

For our Venice clients, the office conference room remodeling is complete.  


Board Member Forum This Week

Seats are available so there is still time for you to come...

C&S Sponsors Humane Society of Manatee Co.

C&S is very proud to again be a sponsor of the Humane Society of Manatee County.  


DBPR Unlicensed Activity Search in Manatee/Sarasota Counties

Dear Friends, 

Over the past few weeks, Floridians statewide have been affected by unexpected tornadoes and rainstorms that resulted in devastating damage to their homes or businesses. Structural damage resulting from tornadoes or severe storms often requires construction services performed by licensed construction contractors. After the emotional toll that natural disasters may cause, it’s crucial that consumers protect themselves from unlicensed individuals to avoid further financial stress or safety concerns. 

Unfortunately, it’s common for unlicensed individuals to take advantage of homeowners after a natural disaster strikes by offering to make repairs for dubiously low prices, performing substandard or shoddy work and often leaving without finishing a job. Our goal at DBPR is to make it easier for you to make good decisions for your family when selecting a construction contractor to make repairs to your damaged home or business. 

Prior to hiring a contractor, signing a contract or making any payments, consumers should contact their insurance company to confirm coverage, verify the state license of a contractor, get written estimates from several licensed contractors and always check references. These simple steps can help ensure your home is taken care of and repairs are kept to professional standards. Once you’ve identified the licensed contractor you’d like to hire, make sure the written contract includes the contractor’s name, street address, telephone number, state license number, a description of work to be completed, completion date, warranty agreements and a notice of consumers’ rights under the Florida Homeowners’ Construction Recovery Fund for contracts involving general, residential and building contractors. 

In response to the widespread tornado damage, DBPR investigators are actively canvassing the Sarasota, Manatee and Cape Coral areas to catch unlicensed individuals attempting to prey on homeowners with tornado damage and reminding consumers to verify licenses and report suspected unlicensed activity. I am urging consumers in these areas to use caution when making hiring decisions and report any suspected unlicensed activity directly to DBPR by calling the Unlicensed Activity Hotline at 866-532-1440 or using the free DBPR Mobile app. 

Unlicensed activity can cause undue harm to both homeowners and licensed professionals. By remaining alert and keeping a lookout for unlicensed activity following a storm or natural disaster, you can help DBPR protect the comfort and safety of our neighbors, families and friends. My heart goes out to the families and businesses impacted by the recent storm damage, and I wish to remind consumers that DBPR is here to help alleviate the unnecessary financial and safety risks associated with unlicensed individuals. 


Ken Lawson�s Signature

Ken Lawson

Department of Business and
Professional Regulation
1940 North Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
Customer Contact Center:

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Happy New Year!!


Letter from DBPR Secretary

Dear Friends,

The New Year is right around the corner and as we head into 2016, I want to reflect back on what an amazing year 2015 was! I am so thankful for the endless support and encouragement I received from my fellow employees and licensees, and I’m also exceptionally proud of the successes we saw as a team this year.

Florida’s economy is thriving, and it’s easier than ever for job creators to succeed in our state. As Governor Scott celebrates the milestone of creating more than one million private sector jobs since December 2010, I’d like to recognize DBPR’s hardworking licensees who play an important role in Florida’s current economic success.

DBPR saw an abundance of industry growth in 2015, which means more confidence in our economy and better job opportunities for Florida families. Take a look at the growth some of the professions regulated by DBPR saw in just the past year:


Licenses Issued in 2014

Licenses Issued in 2015*

Percent Increase

Certified Public Accountants




Barbers & Cosmetology




Construction Contractors




Real Estate




*Year-to-date total as of December 28, 2015

It’s always exciting to see success and growth emerging from businesses and professionals in the state of Florida. I am dedicated to ensuring Florida remains the best place to live and get a job. I look forward to the beginning of 2016 and the economic success that is sure to come as we continue working together as a team. Thank you for allowing us to serve you, and have a safe and happy New Year!


Ken Lawson�s Signature

Ken Lawson

Department of Business and
Professional Regulation
1940 North Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
Customer Contact Center:

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

2016 Holiday Schedule

2016 Holiday Schedule

DateHolidayDay of WeekDays Closed
Jan. 1 New Year's Day Friday 1 day
Jan. 18 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday 1 day
Feb. 15 Presidents' Day Monday 1 day
May 30 Memorial Day Monday  1 day 
July 4 Independence Day Monday 1 day
Sept. 5 Labor Day Monday 1 day
Nov. 11 Veterans' Day Friday 1 day
Nov. 24 Thanksgiving Day  Thursday 1 day
Nov. 25 Thanksgiving Friday Friday 1 day
Dec. 23 Christmas Eve Observed Friday 1 day
Dec. 26 Christmas Day Observed Monday 1 day

2016 Board Member Forum Coming Up