Patagonia Photography Workshop Adventure with Colby Brown

Cerro Torre Reflections at Sunrise
Cerro Torre Reflections at Sunrise with Colby Brown

Colby Brown is a photographer, photo educator and author based out of Eastern Pennsylvania. Specializing in landscape, travel workshops and humanitarian photography, his photographic portfolio spans the four corners of the globe. Throughout his work, one can see that he combines his love of the natural world with his fascination of the world’s diverse cultures. Each of his photographs tells a story of life on this planet.

Come join Colby Brown on this incredible Patagonia photography workshop adventure down in this wild and beautiful region of South America. Set in the heart of the Andean mountain range in southern Chile & Argentina during fall colors, you will get to experience first hand the geologic wonder of both Torres del Paine National Park and Los Glaciares National Park.

It is here you will photograph incredible locations such as:

  • Lago Pahoe at the base of the Cuernos del Paine
  • The dream-like reflections of Laguna Amarga
  • The calving ice of the Perito Moreno Glacier
  • The spires of Cerro Torre
  • The crown of Argentina, Mt. Fitz Roy
  • Plus more places to visit

Trip Dates:
(Group 1) 
March 29th – April 7th, 2023
(Group 2) 
April 12th – 21st, 2023

Tuition Costs:  $5450

Group Size:  10

Difficulty Level:  Easy to Moderate Hiking

This is the bucket list of all bucket list locations for landscape and outdoor adventure photographers.

Visit this page for more information and  to register:
https://www.colbybrownphotography.com/photography-workshops/patagonia-photo-adventure-workshop/

Four Families Receive the Keys to their New Homes

Four Families Receive the Keys to their New Homes in the Habitat Broward Collier City Revitalization Community in Pompano Beach

Four Families Receive the Keys to their New Homes in the Habitat Broward Collier City Revitalization Community in Pompano Beach

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (June 21, 2022) – Habitat for Humanity of Broward, the City of Pompano Beach and home sponsors Burdette Beckmann Inc., Robert Taylor Jr. Family, The Fountainhead and TIAA Bank celebrated the dedication of four new affordable homes on Saturday, June 18th at NW 27th Avenue, in the Collier City revitalization community in Pompano Beach ahead of Juneteenth and Father’s Day festivities during National Homeownership Month.

New Habitat homeowner, Willie Fletcher reflects on how important this milestone is for him and his family especially on the eve of Juneteenth and Father’s Day. When asked what he is looking forward to the most Fletcher said, “to wake up every single day in our own home and realize our dream came true and to feel just how truly blessed we are.” The dad of one, to Kiara (8), thanked the City and his home sponsor Robert Taylor Jr. Family and Burdette Beckmann, Inc. for making the day possible.

“Millard Fuller once said, ‘for a community to be whole and healthy, it must be based on people’s love and concern for each other. That’s what this community proves today, which is particularly important this weekend as we celebrate Juneteenth,” said Nancy Robin CEO and Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Broward. “We are revitalizing this community together – corporate, government, and nonprofit partners are changing this community’s future and the lives of all those who call it home.”

Mayor of Pompano Beach, Rex Hardin and Cyndy Floyd, Pompano Beach City Commissioner joined the new homeowners to celebrate along with Habitat home sponsors, board members, family, and friends.

The four homes are part of an innovative 12 home partnership between Habitat, the CRA and the City to revitalize Collier City, remove blighted vacant lots, reduce crime, and deliver an affordable home ownership opportunity to the community. Nine of the 12 lots were deeded to Habitat by the CRA for the construction of affordable single-family homes. Habitat purchased three other lots privately.

The new homes and various improvements to the Collier City neighborhood are the result of a master plan for the revitalization of the area initiated by the CRA. City improvements under the plan include infrastructure and streetscape improvements, street lighting upgrades, landscaping, and the building of a new Broward Sheriff’s Office substation at the Southwest corner of NW 27th Avenue and NW 4th Court.

About Habitat for Humanity of Broward
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity of Broward brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Habitat Broward offers a “hand up” not a “hand out” to families who are unable to qualify for conventional home financing but are willing to work hard to improve their family’s lives and achieve the economic empowerment of homeownership. For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Broward please call (954) 396-3030 or visit habitatbroward.org or check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HabitatBroward.

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Top Women-Led Businesses in Florida

Commonwealth Institute Names Habitat for Humanity of Broward to Top Women-Led Businesses in Florida

The Commonwealth Institute Names Habitat for Humanity of Broward to Top Women-Led Businesses in Florida

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. ( June 14, 2022) – The Commonwealth Institute Florida (TCI-FL), together with its research partner Kaufman Rossin, announced Habitat for Humanity of Broward was a part of the 17th annual Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Florida list, recognizing the honorees during the award luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Miami on June 14. These awards honored 100 for-profit and non-profit as well as five startup organizations.

“The organizations on this year’s diverse list are driving innovation across Florida and beyond with breakthroughs in product development, education and apprenticeship and new approaches in the delivery of clinical care and therapeutics. We are honored to recognize these 100 companies and the remarkable women who lead them,” says Jacqui Kiviat, Executive Director, TCI-FL.

Although TCI-FL has been hosting the Florida-based event for 17 years, this is the first time the non-profit organization really made a statewide effort to compile a list that represents businesses throughout all of Florida. It was also the first year that factors like innovation, customer service and employee programs were added to revenue to come up with the list and rankings.

“We are very thankful to The Commonwealth Institute, and its’ partners for recognizing our impact on the community. They have helped us shine a much-needed spotlight on the affordable housing crisis in Broward County,” said Nancy Robin, Habitat Broward’s Executive Director and CEO. “Habitat for Humanity of Broward is honored, and we pledge to continue our work with even greater vigor…to make home possible for hard-working families.”

For more information, please contact Naz De La Rosa at (305) 968-6700 or visit http://commonwealthinstitute.org.

About The Commonwealth Institute (TCI)
The Commonwealth Institute (TCI) is a non-profit organization that works with women CEOs, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, sole proprietors, and the rising generation of women leaders to help them build successful businesses, organizations, and careers in Florida and Massachusetts. In short, TCI helps women in business achieve greater success! For 25 years, The Commonwealth Institute has provided insights, mentoring and inspiration to help women succeed on personal and professional levels, while propelling their organizations forward.

About Habitat for Humanity of Broward
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity of Broward brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Habitat Broward offers a “hand up” not a “hand out” to families who are unable to qualify for conventional home financing but are willing to work hard to improve their family’s lives and achieve the economic empowerment of homeownership. For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Broward please call (954) 396-3030 or visit habitatbroward.org or check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HabitatBroward.

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Habitat Broward Welcomes Four Families in Collier City

Habitat Broward and the City of Pompano Beach CRA Partner to Welcome Home Four Families in Collier City

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POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (June 13, 2022) – Habitat for Humanity of Broward (Habitat) in partnership with the Pompano Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) and the City of Pompano Beach (City) celebrated the dedication of four new affordable homes on Saturday, June 11th at NW 27th Avenue, in the Collier City neighborhood of Pompano Beach.

The four homes are part of an innovative 12 home partnership between Habitat, the CRA and the City to revitalize Collier City, remove blighted vacant lots, reduce crime, and deliver an affordable home ownership opportunity to the community. Nine of the 12 lots were deeded to Habitat by the CRA for the construction of affordable single-family homes. Habitat purchased three other lots privately.

The new homes and various improvements to the Collier City neighborhood are the result of a master plan for the revitalization of the area initiated by the CRA. City improvements under the plan include infrastructure and streetscape improvements, street lighting upgrades, landscaping, and the building of a new Broward Sheriff’s Office substation at the Southwest corner of NW 27th Avenue and NW 4th Court.

“We are very proud of the tremendous spirit of cooperation that occurred between the Public and Nonprofit sectors to bring this extraordinary project to fruition,” said Nguyen Tran, Pompano Beach CRA Director. “Single family homes had not been allowed previously in a B2 Commercially Zoned District until the CRA approached the City in 2015 to amend the zoning code. In 2019, the CRA deeded 9 vacant lots to Habitat for Humanity to transform this area and provide much needed housing. And today, we welcome with these families as they become proud Pompano Beach first-time homeowners.”

Representatives Nguyen Tran, Cyndy Floyd, Pompano Beach City Commissioner and Robert McKinzie, City Commissioner, District III joined the new homeowners to celebrate along with Habitat home sponsors, board members, family, and friends.

“The pioneering work of the City of Pompano Beach and the sponsorship of JM Family Enterprises has allowed us to build more than homes within a struggling neighborhood, together we are building community,” said Nancy Robin CEO and Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Broward. “Thanks to the CRA, NW 27th Avenue has a much brighter future held fast by the anchor of homeownership.”

New Habitat homeowner, Lashon Dicks celebrated the day after a year of education and home construction had earned her the home and its affordable mortgage. The Healthcare Billing Specialist and mother of two boys Zavious (12) and Kelly (7) thanked the City and her home sponsor JM Family Enterprises for making the day possible. “We are so blessed to have a place of our own that provides the peace of mind only ownership can give you,” she said.

About Habitat for Humanity of Broward
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity of Broward brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Habitat Broward offers a “hand up” not a “hand out” to families who are unable to qualify for conventional home financing but are willing to work hard to improve their family’s lives and achieve the economic empowerment of homeownership. For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Broward please call (954) 396-3030 or visit habitatbroward.org or check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HabitatBroward.

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Recent Legislation about Florida Hurricane Retrofitting

CS/SB 2-D — Property Insurance
by Appropriations Committee and Senator Boyd

The Florida 2022 legislation about Property Insurance and Homeowner grants for hurricane retrofitting

The Reinsurance to Assist Policyholders program authorizes a $2 billion dollar reimbursement layer of reinsurance for hurricane losses directly below the mandatory layer of the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund (FHCF). The FHCF mandatory retention is $8.5 billion for the 2022-2023 contract year.

 

Effective July 1, 2022, the bill appropriates $150 million from the General Revenue Fund to the Department of Financial Services’ My Safe Florida Home Program to provide :

  • hurricane mitigation inspections
  • matching grants for the performance of hurricane retrofitting on homestead single family homes with a value of $500,000 or less located in the wind-borne debris region set forth in the Florida Building Code.
  • The My Safe Florida Home Program, which is administered by the Department of Financial Services, will provide financial incentives for Florida residential property owners to obtain free home inspections that would identify mitigation measures and also provide grants to retrofit such properties, thereby reducing their vulnerability to hurricane damage and helping decrease the cost of residential property insurance.

The bill revises the eligibility criteria for receiving program grants. It:

  • Requires that a homeowner who receives a mitigation grant agree to make his or her home available for inspection after the mitigation project is completed.
  • Requires that a building permit for initial construction of the home must have been made before January 1, 2008.
  • Requires the home to have undergone an acceptable hurricane mitigation inspection after July 1, 2008.
  • Grants awarded under the program provide $2 in grant funds for every $1 provided by the homeowner.
  • Exceptions are provided for low-income homeowners.
  • Applicants may receive up to $10,000 in program money.

The Department of Financial Services must include in the annual report of program activities the average annual amount of insurance premium discounts and the total of such discounts received from insurers.

The bill allocates appropriated funds as follows:

  • $25 million for hurricane mitigation inspections.
  • $115 million for hurricane mitigation grants.
  • $4 million for education and consumer awareness.
  • $1 million for public outreach to contractors, real estate brokers, and sales associates.
  • $5 million for administrative costs.

https://www.flsenate.gov/Committees/BillSummaries/2022D/html/2874

Decorative Concrete Tile by EcoSimplista

EcoSimplista offers a wide selection of decorative concrete tiles.

12" x 12" Adobe Tile by EcoSimplista
12″ x 12″ Adobe Tile
https://www.ecosimplista.com/12-x-12-adobe-tile.html
Adobe, as a building material, dates from the Spanish colonization times. We have the ever popular 12″ x 12″ square tile-including this traditional Adobe Tile.

 

12" x 12" Belgium Slate Tile by EcoSimplista
12″ x 12″ Belgium Slate Tile
https://www.ecosimplista.com/12-x-12-belgium-slate-tile.html
Aside from chocolate and waffles, the tiny country of Belgium is known for it’s beautiful Slate. We have replicated that look and combined it with a 12″ x 12″ square tile. The tiles have a light hammered edge for a natural look.

 

12" x 12" Belgium Slate Tile - Sand Grout Lines by EcoSimplista
12″ x 12″ Belgium Slate Tile – Sand Grout Lines
https://www.ecosimplista.com/12-x-12-belgium-slate-tile-sand-grout-lines.html
Aside from chocolate and waffles, the tiny country of Belgium is known for it’s beautiful Slate. We have replicated that look and combined it with a 12″ x 12″ square tile. The tiles have a light hammered edge for a natural look. This version has a wider sand grout line. This gives the tiles the appearance of being grouted.

 

12" x 12" Flamed Granite Tile by EcoSimplista
12″ x 12″ Flamed Granite Tile
https://www.ecosimplista.com/12-x-12-flamed-granite-tile.html
The look of 12″ tile, with the low cost and durability of concrete. We offer this stamp in your choice of three background textures – including this Flamed Granite.

 

12" x 12" Italian Slate Tile by EcoSimplista
12″ x 12″ Italian Slate Tile
https://www.ecosimplista.com/12-x-12-italian-slate-tile.html
Italian Slate is used primarily for billard tables because in it’s natural state it is relatively soft and not suited for outdoor use. Now you can have the look of Italian Slate with the durability and low cost of concrete. Each tile has a hammered edge, for a natural look

 

12" x 12" Mexican Tile by EcoSimplista
12″ x 12″ Mexican Tile
https://www.ecosimplista.com/12-x-12-mexican-tile.html
Saltillo Mexican Tile, from the Saltillo region of Coahuila, Mexico is a time-honored classic look of the South West. The tiles are surrounded by a sand grout line for a more realistic quality.

 

12 x 12 old granite grout lines

12″ x 12″ Old Granite Tile 1/8″ – Sand Grout Lines
https://www.ecosimplista.com/12-x-12-old-granite-tile-1-8-sand-grout-lines.html
Granite is a plutonic rock of the Earth’s crust, formed by the cooling of magma. We offer this highly natural looking Old Granite Cleft Stone in a 12″ x 12″ square tile pattern. Old Granite is easily characterized by veins running through the pattern. This pattern is available, as seen, with a 1/8″ grout line or a bolder 3/8″ grout line. Both versions have the look of a grouted, sand grout line.

12" x 12" Roman Slate Tile
12″ x 12″ Roman Slate Tile
https://www.ecosimplista.com/12-x-12-roman-slate-tile.html
This concrete stamp couples the favored 12″ x 12″ tile with their most popular texture of Roman Slate for a perfect combination. Roman Slate, designed for Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, is consistently the most selected texture.

 

12" x 12" Sandstone Tile
12″ x 12″ Sandstone Tile
https://www.ecosimplista.com/12-x-12-sandstone-tile.html
Sandstone is a sedimentary rock that is formed as pieces of earth have eroded and settled into the bottom of rivers, lakes and oceans. Cast from real stone, we have duplicated the look of natural Sandstone with a 12″ x 12″ square tile. This pattern has a thin grout line with straight-edge tiles.

 

18" x 18" Belgium Slate Tile
18″ x 18″ Belgium Slate Tile
https://www.ecosimplista.com/18-x-18-belgium-slate-tile.html
Aside from chocolate and waffles, the tiny country of Belgium is known for it’s beautiful Slate. We have replicated that look and combined it with a 18″ x 18″ square tile. The tiles have a light hammered edge for a natural look

 

18" x 18" Mexican Tile

18″ x 18″ Mexican Tile
https://www.ecosimplista.com/18-x-18-mexican-tile.html
Saltillo Mexican Tile, from the Saltillo region of Coahuila, Mexico is a time-honored classic look of the South West. We have combined the look into an 18″ x 18″ square tile pattern. The tiles are surrounded by a sand grout line for a more realistic quality.

 

18" x 18" Old Granite Stacked Tile
18″ x 18″ Old Granite Stacked Tile
https://www.ecosimplista.com/18-x-18-old-granite-stacked-tile.html
Granite is a plutonic rock of the Earth’s crust, formed by the cooling of magma. We offer this highly natural looking Old Granite Cleft Stone in a 18″ x 18″ square tile pattern. Old Granite is easily characterized by the veins running through the pattern.

 

18" x 18" Old Granite Tile
18″ x 18″ Old Granite Tile
https://www.ecosimplista.com/18-x-18-old-granite-tile.html?___SID=U
Granite is a plutonic rock of the Earth’s crust, formed by the cooling of magma. We offer this highly natural looking Old Granite Cleft Stone in a 18″ x 18″ square tile pattern. Old Granite is easily characterized by veins running through the pattern.

 

18" x 18" Roman Slate Tile
18″ x 18″ Roman Slate Tile
https://www.ecosimplista.com/18-x-18-roman-slate-tile.html
We supply the 18″ x 18″ tile with their most popular texture of Roman Slate for a perfect combination. Roman Slate, designed for Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, is consistently the most selected texture.

 

21" x 21" Belgium Slate Tile
21″ x 21″ Belgium Slate Tile
https://www.ecosimplista.com/21-x-21-belgium-slate-tile.html
Aside from chocolate and waffles, the tiny country of Belgium is known for it’s beautiful Slate. We have replicated that look and combined it with a 21″ x 21″ square tile. The tiles have a light hammered edge for a natural look.

 

24" x 24" Coquina with Shells Tile
24″ x 24″ Coquina with Shells Tile
https://www.ecosimplista.com/24-x-24-coquina-with-shells-tile.html?___SID=U
Coquina Stone is a sedimentary rock mainly composed of seashells or coral. Now you can have the look of Coquina Stone with the low cost and durability of concrete. These 24″ square tiles are accented with an array of chevron seashells, starfish and seahorses. What a beautiful compliment to any outside landscaping. This piece is perfect for pool areas, as it has a natural traction to prevent slippage when wet.

 

24" x 24" Italian Slate Tile
24″ x 24″ Italian Slate Tile
https://www.ecosimplista.com/24-x-24-italian-slate-tile.html?___SID=U
Italian Slate is used primarily for billard tables because in it’s natural state it is relatively soft and not suited for outdoor use. Now you can have the look of Italian Slate with the durability and low cost of concrete. Each tile has a hammered edge, for a natural look.

 

36" x 36" Flamed Granite Tile
36″ x 36″ Flamed Granite Tile
https://www.ecosimplista.com/36-x-36-flamed-granite-tile.html?___SID=U
The Flamed Granite Tile set in a 36″ tile, achieves a natural stone appearance that will blend harmoniously with just about any landscape or architectural scheme, making it suitable for all types of exterior hardscaping – and interior applications as well. This pattern is sure to turn heads and boost curb appeal.

 

36" x 36" Old Granite Tile
36″ x 36″ Old Granite Tile
https://www.ecosimplista.com/36-x-36-old-granite-tile.html?___SID=U
Granite is a plutonic rock of the Earth’s crust, formed by the cooling of magma. We offer this highly natural looking Old Granite Cleft Stone in a 36″ x 36″ square tile pattern. Old Granite is easily characterized by the veins running through the pattern.

 

36" x 36" Roman Slate Tile
36″ x 36″ Roman Slate Tile
https://www.ecosimplista.com/36-x-36-roman-slate-tile.html?___SID=U
We supply the 36″ x 36″ tile with their most popular texture of Roman Slate for a perfect combination. Roman Slate, designed for Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, is consistantly the most selected texture.

 

4" x 4" Flamed Granite Tile
4″ x 4″ Flamed Granite Tile
https://www.ecosimplista.com/4-x-4-flamed-granite-tile.html?___SID=U
This stamp will provide you with the look of 4″ square tiles, with the low cost and durability of concrete. With a Flamed Granite background texture, this stamp measures 32″ x 32″.

 

5 Ft. Diameter Radius Cobblestone
5 Ft. Diameter Radius Cobblestone
https://www.ecosimplista.com/5-ft-diameter-radius-cobblestone.html?___SID=U
This unique stamp will create a 5′ diameter circle of lovely cobble stones.

 

6" x 6" Flamed Granite Tile
6″ x 6″ Flamed Granite Tile
https://www.ecosimplista.com/6-x-6-flamed-granite-tile.html
The look of 6″ tile, with the low cost and durability of concrete. We offer this stamp in your choice of three background textures – including this Flamed Granite.

 

For more information, visit:
https://www.ecosimplista.com/shop/building/decorative-concrete.html

EcoSimplista – Your Eco-Friendly Home Improvement Company
217 SW 33rd Court, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33315
(954) 565-5900
https://www.ecosimplista.com

Above-Average 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season

Colorado State Researchers Predict Above-Average 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season
Atlantic seasonal #hurricane forecast from @ColoradoStateU calls for above-average season: 19 named storms, 9 hurricanes & 4 major hurricanes. Reasons for above-average forecast include predicted lack of #ElNino and warmer than normal subtropical Atlantic

For more info:
https://www.nbcmiami.com/weather/hurricane-season/colorado-state-researchers-predict-above-average-2022-atlantic-hurricane-season/2731193/?break=nbc97&_osource=newltr_station_Hdlines_wtvj

2022 Hurricane Names

2022 Hurricane Names

The Milky Way over the Everglades

I got up at 1:20am and gathered my gear to drive down to the Everglades to catch the Milky Way. The weather conditions were just right with clear skies, no moon, cool temperatures and a very light breeze that did not disturb the water surface. the cool weather kept the mosquitos in check. I arrived at one of the many lakes around 3:00am in the Everglades National Park. My goal was to try out some new techniques to capture the Milky Way. This image of the Milky Way is made up of 20 images that were stacked to reduce the noise and provide more definition to the stars in the night sky. Taken 03-30-2022

The Milky Way over the Everglades
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AFM Safecoat All Purpose Exterior Satin Paint

AFM Safecoat All Purpose Exterior Satin Paint by Eco Simplista

Safecoat All Purpose Exterior Satin is a sophisticated, premium quality, fast curing paint designed for a variety of exterior surfaces where a durable, weather resistant finish and superior film formation properties are needed. Safecoat formulas are uniquely designed for optimal indoor air quality and minimal exposure to chemical toxicity. They are ideally suited for areas in which the health of occupants is of particular concern, including schools, hospitals, homes and offices. Safecoat contains no formaldehyde, ammonia, aromatic hydrocarbon compounds, exempt solvents or hazardous air pollutants.

Advantages:

  • Durable satin finish.
  • Low odor, safely used by the chemically sensitive.
  • Fights indoor air pollution, limits offgassing.
  • Zero VOC content, meets or exceeds all federal and state air quality regulations, including California.
  • Fade and Chalk Resistance.

Our Mission
As Florida’s leader and supplier of eco-friendly building supplies and home solutions, the mission of Eco Simplista is quite simple. We believe the use of non-toxic, sustainable products and services will update and enhance your home, while bettering our world. For us home design is a combination of functionality, style and endurance, combined with a moral, social and environmental responsibility. At Eco Simplista design is about creating solutions from natural elements. Eco Simplista is here to help you to live, create, and innovate an environmentally responsible lifestyle.

EcoSimplista – Your Eco-Friendly Home Improvement Company
217 SW 33rd Court.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33315
(954) 565-5900
https://www.ecosimplista.com/

Habitat Broward Collegiate Challenge Program

Habitat for Humanity of Broward Hosts Students from
across the Nation During “Collegiate Challenge” Program This Month

Habitat for Humanity of Broward Hosts Students from across the Nation During Collegiate Challenge Program This Month

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (March 16, 2022) – Instead of catching up on sleep or sitting by the pool students from across the country are spending their spring break building homes through Habitat for Humanity of Broward’s “Collegiate Challenge” program.

This year’s “Collegiate Challenge” kicked off on Tuesday, March 8 and lasts for two weeks. With assistance from Habitat Broward’s leaders, homeowners, and core volunteers, the students will be roof shingling, wall furring and painting homes for families in need of affordable housing. The need is great with more than 80 percent of Broward families unable to own their own home.

“We thank the students for using their spring break to participate in the Collegiate Challenge, which shows their true humanitarian hearts,” said Nancy Robin, CEO and Executive Director of Habitat Broward. “Through our Collegiate Challenge these students will develop construction skills, build lifelong friendships and make a huge difference in our community.”

Participating schools include Florida Atlantic University, Illinois State University – Wesley Foundation, University of Massachusetts – Amherst, Illinois Institute of Technology, and Babson College.

Collegiate Challenge was established by Habitat for Humanity in 1989 and has seen more than 260,000 students volunteer across the country, helping thousands of families achieve a decent place to live.

Students make both volunteer and financial contributions to Habitat Broward during their Spring Break, building homes and raising funds to help families in need of safe, affordable housing.

Applications for Habitat Broward’s homeownership program are open now, visit habitatbroward.org for more information.

About Habitat for Humanity of Broward
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity of Broward brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Habitat Broward offers a “hand up” not a “hand out” to families who are unable to qualify for conventional home financing but are willing to work hard to improve their family’s lives and achieve the economic empowerment of homeownership. For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Broward please call (954) 396-3030 or visit habitatbroward.org or check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HabitatBroward.

AFM MetalCoat Acrylic Metal Primer

AFM MetalCoat Acrylic Metal Primer

AFM Safecoat MetalCoat Acrylic Metal Primer is an outstanding thermoplastic acrylic emulsion primer fortified with rust inhibiting pigments.

It can be used on interior and exterior metal surfaces such as galvanized and masonry, steel, aluminum, and non-ferrous metal. Safecoat MetalCoat Acrylic Metal Primer has very low odor and zero VOC, making it one of the least toxic metal primers available, formulated without the heavy metals and other hazardous ingredients commonly used. Provides a tough, flexible film, producing outstanding corrosion resistance and excellent adhesion. It is suitable as a finish in a three primer coat application. May be recoated with a variety of other finishes, and is an excellent foundation for Safecoat paints.

Features:

  • Prevents rust
  • Use on interior/exterior metal surfaces
  • Low in odor and contains zero VOCs

Our Mission
As Florida’s leader and supplier of eco-friendly building supplies and home solutions, the mission of Eco Simplista is quite simple. We believe the use of non-toxic, sustainable products and services will update and enhance your home, while bettering our world. For us home design is a combination of functionality, style and endurance, combined with a moral, social and environmental responsibility. At Eco Simplista design is about creating solutions from natural elements. Eco Simplista is here to help you to live, create, and innovate an environmentally responsible lifestyle.

EcoSimplista – Your Eco-Friendly Home Improvement Company
217 SW 33rd Court.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33315
(954) 565-5900
https://www.ecosimplista.com/

Habitat for Humanity of Broward Hosts 3rd Annual CEO Build

Habitat for Humanity of Broward Hosts 3rd Annual CEO Build at Collier City Revitalization Community in Pompano Beach
Habitat for Humanity of Broward Hosts 3rd Annual CEO Build at Collier City Revitalization Community in Pompano Beach

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (March 7, 2022) – CEOs from many of South Florida’s largest and most influential businesses joined together in support for affordable workforce housing during Habitat for Humanity of Broward’s 3rd annual CEO Build on Saturday, March 5. The company leaders helped weatherproof new homes being built as part of a revitalization program for Collier City in Pompano Beach.

Event co-chairs Brent Burns, President and CEO of JM Family Enterprises, Inc. and Keith Koenig, Chairman of CITY Furniture led 40 business leaders who worked side-by-side with future homeowners striving to earn their piece of the American dream.

“Together we lead organizations that employ hundreds of thousands. We know how impressive these employees are and we need to speak up to ensure they have a safe, affordable place to call home. We cannot thank the participants in this year’s CEO Build enough for leading the charge for change,” said Koenig. “At CITY Furniture, giving back is at the heart of our brand. Our goal is to make you feel good about where you live — and that means both the place you call home, and the community we all share.”

“JM Family has been a supporter of Habitat for decades and are thrilled this is our third year sponsoring a CEO Build. We are always humbled by the opportunity to work shoulder to shoulder with families, whose sweat equity helps earn them an affordable mortgage, and I hope this serves as a rallying cry to other executives who want to join the fight. There is great need in our community and together we can make a significant, impactful difference for those who need it most,” said Burns.

Today in Broward the median sale price of a single-family home is $500,000. That’s a 16 percent year-over-year increase. Investment in affordable workforce housing helps families build wealth and stimulates growth necessary for a healthy, equitable society. The impact of families becoming homeowners is profound:

  • Their children are twice as likely to go to college
  • 74 percent will report better health
  • Their net worth will climb to 44 times that of a renter

Habitat for Humanity of Broward offers working families a way to earn an affordable mortgage kept to 30 percent of household income through the sweat equity they invest. The success of the Habitat Broward model has provided hundreds of families with the economic empowerment that comes with home ownership.

“We build more than homes – we build communities, we lift up neighborhoods, often helping them turn the corner from blight to connected places of hope. And in these homes, we help families become more empowered leaders to help nourish that community,” said Nancy Robin CEO and Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Broward. “These participants provide the compassion, grit and leadership that is helping our community respond to the affordable housing crisis. Thanks to them Broward’s will enter the future as a vital, inclusive, and equitable community.”

Collier City Revitalization along the NW 27th Avenue corridor is a top priority of Pompano Beach’s Northwest CRA and Habitat for Humanity of Broward. Improvements will include Habitat’s construction of 12 new single-family homes with one-car garages, street lighting and improvements to McNair Park by the City, and the addition of a new Broward Sheriff’s Office substation. The combination of these investments will increase low-income families’ access to affordable housing, improve property values in Collier City and increase residents’ feelings of security through improved lighting, the BSO substation, and a state-of-the-art community park and center.

In addition to event co-chairs Brent Burns and Keith Koenig, leaders from companies such as Advanced Roofing, Amerant Bank, American Heritage Schools, AshBritt, AshBritt Management and Logistics, BDO, Ben F. Harrison Foundation, Burdette Beckmann Inc., Broward College, Castle Group, Celebrity Cruises, City of Deerfield Beach, Cushman and Wakefield, Denison Yachting, DOTOLI Group, The Festus & Helen Stacy Foundation, Inc., GL Homes, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, Health Business Solutions, HEICO Corporation, Holy Cross Health, Hudson Family Foundation, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Kaufman Lynn Construction, KEITH and Associates, Mesirow Financial, Miami Dolphins, Miller Construction Company, Pirtle Construction Company, PNC Bank, Ranger Technical Resources, Rick Case Automotive Group, Right Management, Rogers, Morris & Ziegler, Tripp Scott, South Florida Business Journal, Walter Duke + Partners, and Channel 7 Foundation/WSVN were present at the CEO Build.

About Habitat for Humanity of Broward
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity of Broward brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Habitat Broward offers a “hand up” not a “hand out” to families who are unable to qualify for conventional home financing but are willing to work hard to improve their family’s lives and