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Fla. House, Senate Honor 50th Great American Realtor Days

Each chamber authored resolutions honoring Realtors’ annual visit to Tallahassee going on this week “in recognition of the outstanding services Realtors provide.”

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Realtors spent Monday through Wednesday in Tallahassee meeting lawmakers and making the Realtor voice heard in the halls of the Capitol during Great American Realtor Days (GARD) 2020 – the 50th anniversary of the association’s yearly visit to Florida’s capital.

Florida Realtors President Barry Grooms, a Realtor and co-owner of Sarabay Suncoast Realty Inc. in Bradenton, announced GARD’s golden anniversary to the Realtors who traveled to Tallahassee to meet with their personal representatives and advocate on behalf of Realtor issues.

“As a special treat, two of our Realtor champions, Senator Kathleen Passidomo and Representative Mike La Rosa, submitted resolutions in their respective chambers that formally enter this milestone into the public record,” Grooms said. “The Senate resolution, SR 1008, was adopted and read on the floor on Jan. 22. The House adopted HR 8009 on Jan. 31.

“These resolutions are a big deal because they formally recognize the long-standing importance of Great American Realtor Days and help reinforce the considerable positive impact we have on the lives of Floridians and our state economy,” Grooms said. “So, let’s give it up one more time for Great American Realtor Days!”

The annual Realtor visit to the state capital gives Realtors a chance to discuss homeowner and industry needs to elected representatives – and it gives lawmakers in the House and Senate a chance to understand what’s happening at the grassroots level and the importance of change to make the industry even stronger.

Florida Realtors identified four top legislative priorities that it actively supports this year, focusing on initiatives that protect the rights of homeowners, promote business and community growth, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and provide Floridians with more affordable housing options.

With 195,000 members, Florida Realtors is the state’s largest association. The real estate industry is also the largest contributor to Florida’s economy at an estimated 16%.

House Resolution (similar to the Senate Resolution)

WHEREAS, Florida Realtors is the largest trade association in this state with more than 187,000 members and more than 23,000 member firms, and

WHEREAS, Florida Realtors helped more than 400,000 people achieve homeownership in Florida last year, and

WHEREAS, members of Florida Realtors encourage consistent standards and honest and professional business practices for their clients and customers, and

WHEREAS, 2020 marks the 50th observance of Realtor Days in Tallahassee, and

WHEREAS, the Florida Realtors Great American Realtor Days event will recognize and celebrate the contributions of Realtors to Florida’s real estate industry,

NOW, THEREFORE, Be It Resolved by the House of Representatives of the State of Florida:

That February 3-5, 2020, is designated as the “50th Anniversary of Realtor Days” in Florida in recognition of the outstanding services Realtors provide to residents and visitors of the state and the critical contribution they make to the state economy.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution, with the Seal of the House of Representatives affixed, be presented to Barry Grooms, 2020 President of Florida Realtors, as a tangible token of the sentiments of the Florida House of Representatives.

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