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‘Property assessed’ financing for solar panels reveal serious consequences for Pinellas Realtors, lenders

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As solar energy expands as Florida’s next big growth industry, with it comes a host of unforeseen consequences. While promises of reduced energy costs for consumers and the lure of “no credit needed,” county-approved loans are indeed attractive, easy financing and lower energy costs could be masking other, potentially devastating, economic problems. A letter last year from the Pinellas Realtors Organization, standing for over 7,000 real estate professionals countywide, to County Commissioner Charlie Justice cautions against one such situation where…

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Three influential groups announce support for Smart Solar amendment

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Consumers for Smart Solar — the bipartisan coalition of business and civic leaders— received three significant endorsements in its campaign to put a solar energy amendment on Florida’s 2016 ballot. In a joint announcement Tuesday, the Florida Council for Safe Communities, National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) and the Partnership for Affordable Clean Energy (PACE) each threw support behind the Smart Solar Amendment, which supporters say is a consumer-friendly measure to expand solar energy use in the Sunshine State. The…

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Gov. Scott touting $85 million for youth crime diversion

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The state of Florida will spend nearly $85 million for crime prevention programs. Gov. Rick Scott announced funding for five programs Monday under the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. “Thanks to the dedication of our law enforcement officers and the great youth service providers across the state, Florida’s juvenile arrests are at their lowest levels in 30 years,” Scott said. “We are proud to invest nearly $85 million this year to improve the lives of Florida’s youth. By working together,…

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Karl Nurse calls for more green funding

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St. Petersburg Council Member Karl Nurse will host a press conference Tuesday, July 13, at 10 a.m. in Room 100 of City Hall, 175 Fifth St. N., to encourage the federal government to release millions of dollars earmarked for weatherizing homes and buildings. Joined by Council Members Dudley, Kornell and Newton, Nurse will ask the federal government to resolve a dispute between the U.S. Department of Energy and the Federal Housing Finance Agency that has blocked millions of dollars of…

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