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Pinellas International Council 6th Annual Global Symposium-Thank you to David Bennett CEO of PRO, John-Paul Mario Chair of the PRO Business Affiliates, Susan Inez-Poskus CPA from Roberge Poskus, Maria Grulich from Florida Realtors, Bill Risser, VP of Digital Strategy from Fidelity National Title, Don Gonzalez Attorney, Carlos Fuentes NAR instructor, the nearly 100 attendees and all of the PRO Affiliates who sponsored this informative event. Thank you all for making this such great day!!
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – 2016 – The runaway winner in the primary election was at the end of the ballot, as voters in Florida overwhelmingly approved a tax break to encourage businesses to go solar.
The amendment, which will become part of the Florida Constitution, exempts solar and other renewable energy devices on business and industrial property from property taxes for 20 years. The same tax break already exists for residential property owners.
The amendment also exempts renewable energy devices from Florida’s tangible personal property tax.
Amendment 4, the only ballot question in Tuesday’s primary, won more than 70 percent of the vote, according to early returns by the Florida Division of Elections.
Backers of Amendment 4 were all along the political spectrum, including the pro-environment Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Nature Conservancy and Florida Conservation Voters, and the business-backed Florida Chamber of Commerce, Florida Retail Federation and Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association.
Business groups like tax relief, and environmental groups hope it will now encourage more talk in the conservative state Capitol about climate change and the need to cut dependency on fossil fuels.
“With all of this sunshine, why are we importing so much fossil fuel to power our state?” asked Pete Wilking of A1A Solar in Jacksonville.
“Stop sea levels from rising! Vote Yes on 4!” tweeted an advocacy group, Women4Solar.
The opposition was led by the Rev. Al Sharpton, the TV and radio talk show host and president of the National Action Network (NAN), and Bishop Victor Curry of Miami, NAN’s southeast regional director, who said they opposed “unnecessary and unjust tax breaks for corporations.”
It was one of the most cost-effective referendum campaigns in Florida history, as supporters raised less than $150,000.
Lacking the money for a TV ad campaign, supporters built support networks on Facebook and Twitter (hashtag #Yeson4) to mobilize voters.
Voters said yes to solar, even if they did not always fully understand it.
The vote of the people was just one step, however. The Legislature, which put Amendment 4 on the ballot, must pass a bill in the next session in 2017 carrying out the will of the voters.
At the same time, a much more potent political battle over solar will play out on the Nov. 8 general election ballot.
Known as Amendment 1, the ballot question is an effort by utility companies that would prohibit the sale of solar energy to individual customers and, critics say, would add new regulatory barriers to solar expansion in Florida.
Supporters, calling themselves Consumers for Smart Solar, have raised $19.1 million so far.
Florida Power & Light, Gulf Power, TECO Energy and Duke Energy are among Amendment 1’s biggest backers and environmental groups are working to defeat it.
Utilities prevailed on state lawmakers to put Amendment 4 on the primary ballot to avoid confusing voters about their higher priority, Amendment 1.
Susan Glickman of Southern Alliance for Clean Energy said moving Amendment 4 to a low-turnout primary was a blessing in disguise, as it turned out.
“It’s a little bit easier because it’s a more informed electorate,” Glickman said.
Copyright © 2016 Miami Herald, Steve Bousquet. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Miami Herald writer Alex Daugherty contributed to this report.
The Pinellas International Council will be holding the Asia/Pacific and International Real Estate course on Thursday, June 16th, 2016 from 8am to 5pm at the Pinellas Realtor Organization building in Clearwater, Florida.
In this new world of globalized business, we are in contact with people from Australia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Taiwan, Korea and the Philippines. Their economies count on countries of the Americas and the Pacific Rim to provide access for their goods to our markets. We count on them to supply us with quality merchandise at reasonable prices and providing new markets for the products of the Americas. One such product is real estate. This course provides information, insights and skills for working with Asian investors seeking overseas properties and for investors from the Americas seeking investments in Asia.
Upon successful completion of this course, a real estate professional will be able to:
• Discuss the social, economic, political, and geographical characteristics of major countries in the Asia/Pacific region.
• Identify important characteristics of the real estate market in certain Asia/Pacific markets, including influential laws and real estate and brokerage practices.
• Evaluate opportunities in certain Asian markets by analyzing significant investment patterns, investor profiles and real estate activity.
• Discuss ways to develop a business network to start or enhance an international practice with Asian clients or properties.
• Discuss techniques to promote properties, markets, and professional services.
SPEAKER: Carlos Fuentes
Mr. Fuentes has been involved in commercial and international real estate for the last 25 years, having earned the CCIM (Commercial R.E. Specialist), CIPS (International R.E. Specialist) and TRC (Transnational Referrals Certification) designations. His activities have included land acquisition and site development, office, retail, industrial and second home resort properties in the Caribbean, Latin America and the U.S. Contract and financing negotiations, market and investment analysis are all areas in which he has gained valuable experience. He has successfully completed a significant number of 1031 Exchanges.
Carlos has published articles in several national and international magazines and been a presenter at both national and international seminars and panels. He is a member of the NAR Speaker Cadre, a Certified CIPS and TRC Instructor as well as a Federal Court Certified Interpreter (English/Spanish).
He served as 2011 NAR Executive Committee Liaison to Global, Resort and Second Home Real Estate Group, Regional Coordinator for North America, Central America and the Caribbean, NAR and Florida REALTORS® Director, Past President of My Florida Regional MLS (with 34,000 users) and the Greater Tampa Association of REALTORS®. Mr. Fuentes received the 2003 NAR International Outreach Effort Award and the 2006 NAR President’s Liaison Award. He was the recipient of the 2008 GTAR Deal of the Year Award, recognizing a unique transaction, and named 2009 GTAR REALTOR® of the Year.
7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.: Sign-in, networking, and breakfast
8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.: Course
Light breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Seating is limited and registration is required.
PRO Members ($95):
Click here to register.
PRO Members – would you like a scholarship to help pay for this course? The REALTOR® Professional Development Scholarship is available for you, courtesy of the Pinellas REALTOR® Foundation and the Affiliate Business Partners of PRO. Click here to learn more and apply. Note: the scholarship does not cover any additional costs associated with obtaining the certification. If you’re interested in the scholarship, REGISTER AND PAY FOR THIS COURSE FIRST, then fill out the application on the webpage linked above. We request that you register and pay for the course first to guarantee your spot since scholarships and seating are limited. If you are awarded, we will issue you a check.
Non-PRO Members ($95) Click here to register.
***This course is one of the courses required to earn the prestigious Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) designation. The CIPS Network comprises 2,500 real estate professionals from 50 countries and is the specialty membership group for global business practitioners of the National Association of Realtors®. The CIPS® designation prepares Realtors® to service the growing international market in their local community by focusing on culture, exchange rates, investment trends, and legal issues. Click here for more information about CIPS and the requirements to earn this prestigious designation.
Contact: Jan Dean at Email: JDean@tampabayrealtor.com Phone: 727-216-3004
Please join us for the 4th Annual Global Real Estate Symposium! Register NOW before it’s too late.
The Pinellas International Council presents the 4th Annual Global Symposium. Engage with fellow REALTORS® and learn from our expert speakers working with the global market. Plus register & attend the afternoon session for CE credits.
Door prizes will be raffled off! You must be present to win, but won’t want to miss out!
YOU’LL HEAR FROM:
1. Susan Inez-Poskus, International CPA with Roberge Poskus International
“International Tax Items for Non-Residents – Changes and Concerns”
2. Joe Schneider, Manager of Global Business Development & Outreach at NAR
“The Impact of Globalization on Your Local Market: Working Profitably with Foreign Buyers”
3. Paula Smith, CCIM, Broker Associate | Robert Barber, CCIM, Residential and Commercial Specialist (both with Coastal Properties Group International)
PLUS – 3 HOUR CE CREDIT COURSE:
“Marketing to International Clients”
NOTE: This class will run from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. If you just want to attend the class you may, but you still need to register.
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.: Sign-in, networking, continental breakfast
9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Symposium
3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Networking, appetizers and drinks
There will be a lunch break and lunch will be provided for you! All other food and drink is included in the registration fee, and is provided by our Affiliate Business Partners. Please visit them during the networking periods!
Contact: Jan Dean