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International Restoration Convention & Industry Expo
April 5-7, 2017
The Renaissance Palm Springs 
888 Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262
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April 24-26, 2017

Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa
400 Mandalay Avenue
Clearwater, Florida 33767

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Join us on May 13th for the 2017 CFRSA 21st Annual Golf Tournament  at

Orange County National Golf Club, Panther Lake Course:
16301 Phil Ritson Way, Winter Garden, FL 34787  (Click for Directions)

Shotgun start at 8:00 am . Stick around after for Lunch and Raffle!

Individual Players:  $125/each Group of Four Players:  $400
Available Sponsorships:
Hole Sponsor:                     $500 Hole-in-One Sponsor:            $1,000
Longest Drive Sponsor:   $1,000 Closest to the Pin Sponsor:   $1,000
Beer Cart Sponsor:            $1,000 Food Sponsor:                          $1,000
Platinum Sponsor:                   $2,000

This year we are offering something new—
pay when you register ahead of time and you can opt for a pre-stocked golf cart cooler!

Have your drinks iced and ready for a shotgun start!  Exclusive only to those who pay online!

>>> Beverage Menu File Attached <<<

(Capacity limit is 144 players, and drink coolers must be ordered by May 10th at the latest.)

RSVP online by April 28th 2017~or~

email Wallace “Tres” Fulton: .


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To do:
1. Register for Tournament
2. Make reservations at Hawk's Cay Resort
3. Secure your charter boat or boat slip reservation if using your own boat.




Disney To Pay $3.8 Million in Unpaid Wages

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Disney will pay $3.8 million in back wages after feds allege wage and hour violations

Sandra Pedicini | Orlando Sentinel | Original Article

March 17, 2017, 1:25 PM

The Walt Disney Co. has agreed to provide $3.8 million in back wages to thousands of hotel and timeshare resort workers following a U.S. Labor Department investigation into violations of minimum wage, overtime and recordkeeping rules.

Disney will pay back wages to 16,339 employees. That averages out to about $233 per worker.

The labor department said employees were routinely not paid for 15 minutes of work before and after shifts. Disney also deducted a uniform expense that caused some workers’ hourly rates to fall below the federal minimum wage. And the resort failed to maintain required records of hours worked by certain employees.

The department would not say what prompted its investigation.

The agreement covers almost 700 employees who worked at Old Key West Resort since November 2013. An additional 15,000 employees working at other Florida resorts since January 2015 will also receive compensation.

Disney said in a statement “the Department of Labor has identified a group of cast members who may have performed work outside of their scheduled shift, and we will be providing a one-time payment to resolve this. We are adjusting our procedures to avoid this in the future.”

The agreement calls for increased training of managers about what constitutes “compensable work time.” The training will cover activities such as signing out keys and logging onto computers.

Disney will provide the back pay by July 31.

A representative from Unite Here, the union representing Disney’s hotel workers, could not be reached for comment.

“These violations are not uncommon and are found in other industries, as well,” said Daniel White, district director for the Wage and Hour Division in Jacksonville, in a press release.

White said “the Disney resorts were very cooperative throughout the investigative process.”

Senator seeks probe into whether lobbyist Lisa Miller posed as ‘concerned citizen’ during call

Michael Moline - Florida Politics (Original Article)

Sen. Kevin Rader has asked Gov. Rick Scott to investigate whether Tallahassee lobbyist Lisa Miller posed as a “concerned citizen” to mislead participants in a conference call with a company that rates Florida insurers.

“I know you understand that matters such as these must be completely in the sunshine and all principals must play by the rules. This is crucial to the integrity and transparency of the insurance market,” Rader wrote in a letter to Scott dated Thursday.

“The citizens of our state have had a difficult time with their insurance matters over the last decade and they deserve to have a full accounting of this incident. We are talking about peoples’ homes, and it is absolutely critical to get to the bottom of this. Insurers and their rating companies must play by the rules and not orchestrate false or misleading presentations with impersonations of ‘concerned citizens’ intended to deceive government officials and the public.”

In an interview with Florida Politics on Feb. 16, Miller denied posing as someone named Mary Beth Wilson to praise Ohio-based Demotech Inc. during the call on Feb. 10.

“No,” Miller said when asked whether she had done it. “I did not make that call.”

“Let me assure you that if this occurred, no one at Demotech coordinated it or scripted it,” Demotech president Joe Petrelli said by email that day.

In his letter to Scott, Rader — a Democrat from Boca Ramon who sits on the Government Oversight and Accountability Committee — called the possibility “troubling.” Legislative staff and other government officials participated in the call, he said.

He asked the governor to investigate whether the company or Miller “violated Florida’s lobbying statutes or other statutes regarding misleading acts or statements to members of the legislative and executive branches, including having the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and/or inspector general investigate this matter.”

Demotech held the call to explain a change in its rating system and discuss the downgrade of some Florida insurance companies.

Jeff Grady, president and CEO of the Florida Association of Insurance Agents, first reported on his blog (password protected) that “most industry professionals” believed the caller was Miller, of Lisa Miller & Associates.

He did not name her, but posted a link to her lobbyist registration page, which identifies her as representing Demotech, among other clients.

Grady said he’d known Miller for 15 years and recognized her voice, as did other participants.

Rader asked Scott to look into whether anyone on the call purported to be Wilson; whether Demotech and Petrelli or any of Miller’s other clients directed her to do it; and how a “concerned citizen” would come by the call-in number, date, and time of the call.

We suggested investigating whether any other participants could identify the caller, whether any government staff were misled, and whether Florida laws or rules had been violated.

“If necessary, based on the outcome of that investigation, action or response by Demotech or its lobbyist may be warranted,” Rader wrote. “Or, in lieu of an investigation, please provide a written response as to why one is not required in this case.”

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