The Englewood Area Board of REALTORS® recently held their Annual Business Meeting to announce the 2018 Officers and Directors. The EABOR membership meeting is also held to give the outgoing Board President the opportunity to recap the year in terms of accomplishments. Kevin Hyde announced next year’s officers and directors: President-Kathi Obendorfer, Secretary-Phil Van Der Heyden, Treasurer-Ray Eggermont, MFRMLS Director-Pat Ottolini, Directors: David Haynes, Mary Smedley and Mark Spurgeon.
Guest speakers included Gina Taylor from Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Supervisor of elections for Charlotte County Judge Paul Stamoulis and Erik Korzilius who spoke on recent wire transfer scams. The featured speaker was Steven David, who is a 12-time World Champion in Unlimited Hydroplanes, the fastest propeller driven boats in the world. Steve currently holds the competition world record for an Unlimited hydroplane, making him the fastest human on water for a competition lap. When it comes to survival and perseverance, David walks the talk. His racing crashes, one in which he died and was resuscitated, and his wins have given him life lessons he shares to inspire success in others. David encouraged motivation. “Make a commitment to make something positive happen every day. Whether it’s sending a referral, making a sale, taking a listing, making a cold call, or stopping by a for sale by owner…something, anything that will generate income.”more»
EABORS's Beach Bash featuring The Shindigs, a Beach Boys Tribute Band, was a success! The fundraiser for the Englewood Boys & Girls Club was a fun night of games, door prizes, a chance auction and summer surf music. A check presentation will be made soon to the club that fills the gap for many area kids between school and home. The goal was to make a significant donation to help the club find a more permanent location. Club Director Lynn Dorler and Jessica Anderson were on hand for the event. Dorler spoke to the crowd and was grateful for the support.more»
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Sept. 29, 2017 – On Sunday, Florida will join 35 other states in offering online voter registration to its residents.
Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced Thursday that his department is ready to launch the RegisterToVoteFlorida.gov website in compliance with a 2015 law that required online registration to be available by Oct. 1.
Detzner, who originally opposed the policy, said the Department of State has been working over the last two years, in cooperation with the 67 supervisors of elections across the state, to "implement an online voter registration website that provides Floridians with a secure and more easily accessible way to register to vote."
"The right to vote is sacred in our country and I hope that with this new and convenient method, more Floridians will register to vote and engage in the electoral process," Detzner said in a statement.
Residents can register to vote at the website or update their current registrations or they can fill out and print a registration form that must be turned in to a local supervisor of elections. Voters will need a Florida driver's license or state identification card and the last four digits of their Social Security numbers to register online, according to the Department of State.
State elections officials said "multiple safeguards" are being used to verify the registrations and to protect personal information, including the use of a "state-of-the-art" firewall, data encryption, captcha boxes, which are designed to thwart bots, and session time-outs after inactivity.
Pamela Goodman, president of the League of Women Voters of Florida, said her organization welcomes the advent of the online registration system but has raised several issues about its implementation.
Goodman said the new system will not follow the law if it requires would-be voters to have either a Florida driver's license or state identification card as well as the last four digits of their Social Security numbers. Under the current paper registration system, Goodman said voters only have to produce a Social Security number if they lack both a driver's license and a state ID card.
She said the online law specifically states that online registration requirements can be no different than the current procedures.
Goodman said Thursday that the issue was raised with Detzner but the League of Women Voters has not received a response from the state agency.
"Let's see what comes out on Oct. 1," she said. "We remain optimistically hopeful."
Goodman said a lawsuit would be "our last option," saying her organization would prefer to work out the issue with Detzner.
Goodman's group also wants clarity on how third-party voter registration groups, like the league, will be able to use the online system. She also said she would like to see the state and local supervisors of elections promote the availability of online registration.
In Polk County, Supervisor of Elections Lori Edwards said she will take a cautious approach to using the new system.
"I'm hoping for a bit of a slow start so that we can get accustomed to the processes and procedures," Edwards said. "And if we do detect any burps or hiccups we can fix them with a smaller quantity."
She added: "Once it's polished up and perfect, I will promote it. But it's my nature to go slow."
Source: News Service of Florida, Lloyd Dunkelbergermore»
Message from 2017 President Maria Wells
“In the wake of Hurricane Irma, which has hit our state hard and devastated so many communities, we know many of you are feeling the impact. You’re working to get your homes and businesses repaired. You’re helping your neighbors. You’re joining forces with others to offer food, shelter, repairs and meet the critical needs to keep your communities going strong.
"Lending a helping hand is what friends and neighbors do – it’s what Realtors do. When we all come together offering comfort and hope, it makes getting through tough times like this a little easier. We are so thankful to be here, working together to rebuild our communities and our state.”
"Attitude is Everything"-Dr. Rick Goodmanmore»