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Continued Rise in Community Associations in New Homes Built

*By Ashok Chaluvadi on December 26, 2019 on National Association of Home Builder's Website - www.eyeonhousing.org*

Continued Rise in Community Association in New Homes Built

According to data from the Census Bureau's Survey of Construction, 62.5 % of all homes started in 2018 were built within a community or homeowner's association.  A total of 543,000 homes with community associations were started in 2018, compared to 508,000 in 2017.  The Census Bureau defines community of homeowner's associations as "formal legal entities created to maintain common areas of a development and to enforce private deed restrictions; these organizations are usually created when the development is built, and membership is mandatory."
The share of all new homes built within a community or homeowner's association continue to increase over the years.

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Our Sea Turtles need your help! You can help at the annual Soiree in Pensacola!

*Published in the Pensacola News Journal on December 7, 2019 by Mike Roberts, Special to the News Journal*

The sea turtles of the Gulf Coast could use a hand.  The Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center's "Scond Annual Sea Turtle Soiree" is poised to repeat last year's fundraiser, a coastal party for the sake of its adopted cause.  The big night is 7 to 10 p.m., December 13, at the Pensacola Beach Hilton.

"The support the community continues to show us, not only for this event but throughout the year, is truly humbling and we couldn't be more grateful," said Jennifer Polus, the center's executive director.

The inaugural soiree raised $12,000, which was used to build a covered outdoor classroom space.  This year's proceeds will support the center as a whole, guided by its mission is "To conserve and protect threatened and endangered sea turtles through community education and partnered research."  The evening starts with hors d'oeuvres and a full bar with live jazz by the Curt Bol Bank.  A silent auction follows, offering thematic gift baskets ranging from wine to windsurfing lessons and local art.

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Renovations planned for 9 Walton beach accesses

**By Nathan Cobb | GateHouse Media Florida | Posted October 5, 2019 at 2:43 PM as seen on www.nwfdailynews.com

 Renovations planned for 9 Walton beach accesses

Santa Rosa Beach – Nine beach accesses will soon get a facelift to maintain Walton County’s coastal aesthetics.

With signs posted along the coast that read “coming soon, beach access closed for improvements,” renovations are planned for Inlet Beach, Gulfview Heights, Ed Walline and Dune Allen/Fort Panic regional beach accesses, as well as Nightcap Street, Hickory, Live Oak, Dogwood/Thyme and Highway 395 neighborhood beach accesses.

“They’ve reached their service life,” said Brian Kellenberger, director of beach operations for the Tourist Development Council.  “They’re not falling down by any means, but we don’t want to wait until they get structurally deficient.”

A meeting October 15 will determine when renovations will begin.  Kellengerger expects to get the ball rolling by Nov. 1.

He said that it should take 30-45 days to repair the neighborhood accesses – which will be done in sets of two – and roughly 60 days to fix up the regional accesses.  Along with bathhouses and picnic pavilions, which will remain open, alternate routes to the beach will also be provided at all regional locations except Gulfview Heights.

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