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  • 01/22/2021 12:48 PM | Anonymous

    FLORIDA, January 20, 2021 — the Florida Securities Dealers Association{FSDA} is pleased to announce the 2021 incoming officers to the FSDA Board of Governors.
    The new officers include:

    President - Daniel Newman with Nelson Mullins, Partner

    Vice President – Jennifer Stout with Bates Group, CEO

    Treasurer - Eric Siber with Capital Forensics, Inc., Managing Director

    Secretary – Julia Rhue with Raymond James, Vice President, Supervision -Fiduciary Services

    Immediate Past President – Katherine C. “Kacy” Donlon with Guerra King P.A., Shareholder

    The officers will serve in their executive leadership role for the FSDA and its members for the term of one year. Membership in the FSDA is open to all broker-dealer firms, investment advisers, law firms and consultants involved in or assisting the securities industry in Florida.

    “The FSDA begins this year energized to build upon its impactful successes in 2020, which included working with stakeholders to champion the passage of House Bill 813, — now Section 517.34 of the Florida Statutes,” states incoming FSDA President Newman. “As we welcome 2021,
    the FSDA is at work planning this year’s advocacy agenda and programs created to empower and provide education opportunities for Florida’s investing public, including our senior and teen population. We encourage those who share these goals to join us as new members and participate in these meaningful activities.”

    With 100’s of members representing all segments of the securities industry, the FSDA is continually expanding its efforts, providing new opportunities for networking and improving the business climate for our industry in Florida.

    Since 1933, FSDA has been the voice of the securities industry in Florida. It is our mission to advocate on behalf of the industry and provide education opportunities for our members and Florida's investing public.

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    If you would like more information about the Florida Securities Dealers Association {FSDA}, please contact Wanda Doumar at [561.310.5442] or visit FSDA.org


  • 12/04/2020 11:45 AM | Anonymous

    Links to view the recorded webinars for  FSDA's Industry Outreach Programs Series I, II & III are listed below:

    Topic: FSDA Industry Outreach Program Webinar - December 4th, 9:00 a.m.
    Start Time : Dec 4, 2020 
    Meeting Recording:

    https://zoom.us/rec/share/223CWz5AneqVLKPOcysppWDjBiH1PA4sbd3Re--dJMgyMgwJeYsax00r06_CyLeu.jcvmWD-7CVcTZkyT

    Topic: FSDA Industry Outreach Program - Series II
    Start Time : Nov 12, 2020

    Meeting Recording:
    https://zoom.us/rec/share/mG5wJ6gnqGUOEy9S1KaLNzKokMlekeWg9Ek0xSImCPtpT7E8YuTSvJpQWNORElOn.HRY16294qHnpztzg

    Topic: FSDA Industry Outreach Program Webinar Series 1
    Start Time : Oct 8, 2020
    Meeting Recording:
    https://zoom.us/rec/share/219qqrP1-yBoyAzhjGItG8bJ1tFql8hsEpGfwZcHCTwiaxf3SbHaUUijWxCDq0ug.4bqgHfNOZeI3Rtdu

    CLE and CFP credit was approved for all three series.  CFP hours were reported for all who supplied their CFP number.  Certificates of Attendance are available for self reporting purposes for CLE credit and may be requested by emailing Marie.Silvani@fsda.org.

    CPA CE credit is pending approval from the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation

    FSDA appreciates the following firms for their sponsorship support of the 2020 Industry Outreach Program Series:

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  • 11/25/2020 1:34 PM | Anonymous

    November 24, 2020

    Florida Legislative Update

    Last Tuesday, the Florida legislature held its constitutionally-required organizational session to officially elect each chamber’s leader and minority leader, as well as swear-in newly elected members. Presiding over the House for the next two years is Speaker Chris Sprowls (R-Palm Harbor) and at the helm of the Senate is President Wilton Simpson (R-Trilby), both from the Tampa Bay area. Sen. Gary Farmer and Rep. Bobby DuBose, both from Fort Lauderdale, were elected to lead the minority parties in their respective chambers. Organizational session was held only a few weeks after Republicans picked up seats in the House and Senate. 

    In addition to making these leadership positions official, organizational session provides an opportunity for chamber leaders to telegraph their policy priorities and provide a glimpse into what the next two years may look like. Below are some of the issues we expect to make traction in 2021-22 legislative sessions:

    ·    Public Safety/Anti-Protesting Policies: Gov. DeSantis rolled out a proposed concept in late September which would create new criminal offenses and increase penalties for individuals involved in violent or disorderly assemblies.  This was a response to the riots and looting occurring in other states around the country.  During that press availability in September, he was joined by House Speaker Chris Sprowls.  We expect this criminal justice issue to be red hot during the 2021 legislative session.  

    ·    COVID-19 Liability Protection: Both chambers have expressed interest in protecting businesses from frivolous lawsuits when those businesses have sought to follow CDC guidelines in reopening. These law changes are not a given, as the trial lawyers in Florida are one of the most organized and effective lobbies in the state, and will heavily oppose broad levels of immunity. Trial lawyers in Florida often outspend the business community during campaign season, and have friends on both sides of the aisle. In order for legislation to pass, it will require a strong, coordinated and heavily funded lobbying effort.    

    ·    “Wayfair”/Internet Sales Tax: Over the last few years, the internet sales tax issue has not made any headway.  However, in a move that some find surprising, Senate President Simpson appeared to publicly back the tax in his comments to the press after his first speech as Senate President, putting this bill in play for 2021. The state will need to plug a massive budget hole and any way of raising revenues without raising a new tax could be a possibility. 

    ·    Governor’s Executive Powers – State of Emergency:  COVID-19 has presented each governor with unique challenges in governing by Executive Order and some legislative leaders have privately—or even publicly—expressed concern about unilateral powers used during the pandemic and willingness to engage the legislative process to enact a statutory framework for any future state of emergency orders.

    ·    Local Government Powers: Equally troubling to state legislators was the tendencies of some local governments to enact broad restrictions on the economy by emergency ordinance. Expect this to be discussed.

    ·    Workforce Reform: Continuing in the footsteps of Gov. DeSantis and other legislative leaders, Speaker Chris Sprowls has announced his forthcoming “Opportunity Agenda.” Among other things, he wants to create a unified hub for workforce programs, with a focus on outcomes instead inputs, expand opportunities for entrepreneurship, and address hurdles within occupational licensing and other business regulations.

    ·    Child Welfare Reform: A personal interest of the new Senate President and First Lady, child welfare is certain to be a major issue again this session.

    ·    Literacy/Early Learning: A handful of lawmakers have been working unsuccessfully for years to get significant legislation passed on early learning. With a renewed focus on literacy by Speaker Sprowls, including his goal of a massive statewide book initiative and parent bootcamps in partnership with local libraries, and (separately) his desire to address maternal health…is this the year that Florida finally makes progress on zero to three?

    ·    Climate Change, Land Conservation, and Sea Level Rise: The willingness of the Speaker and President to address environmental issues like sea level rise may be higher than of GOP leaders in the past, but it remains to be seen how, and to what extent, these will be addressed.  New coastal building codes, setbacks, insurance requirements and coastal protection measures could all be a part of a comprehensive plan discussed in the 2021 legislative session.

    ·    Revisiting Medicaid Expansion: Neither Gov. DeSantis nor leadership of either chamber has expressed interested in expanding Medicaid; however, with President-elect Biden coming into the White House, there may be federal pressure to rethink this issue, as states continue to look for new ways to reform Medicaid. 

    Although Florida’s regular legislative session doesn’t begin until the first Tuesday in March, House and Senate Committees will begin to meet in January and February to hear presentations from state agencies, begin the budget writing process, workshop legislative ideas and even vote certain proprietary bills out of committee so they are available early in session for floor action.   

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  • 11/13/2020 11:34 AM | Anonymous

    FSDA has hosted two informative virtual educational series as part of their annual education outreach program.  A special thank you to Tony Crescenzi, EVP & Market Strategist PIMCO, Russell Weigel, Commissioner of the Florida Office of Financial Regulation and FSDA member Alex Sabo, Principal, Bressler, Amery & Ross, P.C. for being guest speakers during Series I and  David A. Dawkins, Managing Director Diverse Client Segments, Wells Fargo Advisors and Kerry A. Zinn, Principal, Bressler, Amery & Ross, P.C.  as Series II guest speakers.

    These livestream events provided timely information on the challenges, change and resilience the Industry has faced in 2020.

    The third and final series will be held virtually on December 4th at 9:00 a.m. on the timely topic of REG BI.  If you did not attend Series I & II, access to the recorded webinars are below.  Register now for Series III at www.fsda.org.

    Topic: FSDA Industry Outreach Program Webinar Series 1
    Start Time : Oct 8, 2020 
    Meeting Recording:

    https://zoom.us/rec/share/nNb7vWgo4R5Vo0iDsCQUOQDyxDg2cr1cIXxxkp6IKZuFKJeLrqLnpbVB0K7O135b.D5Ku6AfrEmYnrgCL

    Topic: FSDA Industry Outreach Program - Series II
    Start Time : Nov 12, 2020 
    Meeting Recording:

    https://zoom.us/rec/share/GkB6ByMGNw1qkLFMcjDWQGyLe1pB2-DA5eN4x8U0I80Ru8ifdYIylTkJ99KPC3z-.PAER2Z8OQGKUOmy-


  • 10/27/2020 2:23 PM | Anonymous

    Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Dashboard

    Total cases: 782,013

    Resident hospitalizations: 48,281

    Resident deaths: 16,449

    Non-resident deaths: 203

    New daily cases: 3,361

    Daily percent positive: 5.91%

    Total tests: 5,992,068

    Cumulative percent positive: 13.05%

    For all full report click Florida State and Local Action on COVID19 Oct 26.pdf

  • 10/20/2020 12:15 PM | Anonymous

    October 19, 2002 marked 67 consecutive days of positivity rates below 10%. Meanwhile, the number of patients currently hospitalized is down 70% since July. Also today, First Lady DeSantis announced a $5 million emergency grant to provide crisis counseling services for individuals in need of mental or behavioral health counseling and referrals.

    Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Dashboard

    Total cases: 756,727

    Resident hospitalizations: 47,125

    Resident deaths: 16,021

    Non-resident deaths: 201

    New daily cases: 1,766

    Daily percent positive: 4.83%

    Total tests: 5,746,529

    Cumulative percent positive: 13.17%

    For a full report click Florida State and Local Action on COVID19 Oct 19.pdf

  • 10/13/2020 1:58 PM | Anonymous

    Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Dashboard

    Total cases: 736,024

    Resident hospitalizations: 45,015

    Resident deaths: 15,412

    Non-resident deaths: 187

    New daily cases: 1,592

    Daily percent positive: 4.25%

    Total tests: 5,574,469

    Cumulative percent positive: 13.2%

    Florida State and Local Action on COVID19 Oct 12.pdf


  • 10/06/2020 12:45 PM | Anonymous

    October 5th marked 53 straight days with a daily positivity rate below 10% and 12 straight days below 5%. October 5th was the first day of in-person instruction for students in Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Broward County Public Schools is set to begin a phased start on Friday. Yesterday, Miami-Dade amended its mask order, allowing—among other things—those engaging in strenuous outdoor activity or organized sports to remove masks, so long as social distancing requirements can be met.

    Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Dashboard

    Total cases: 717,874

    Resident hospitalizations: 44,775

    Resident deaths: 14,712

    Non-resident deaths: 174

    New daily cases: 1,403

    Daily percent positive: 3.89%

    Total tests: 5,419,897

    Cumulative percent positive: 13.25%


  • 09/28/2020 10:32 AM | Anonymous

    On September 25th Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-244, which moves the state into Phase 3 and lifts all remaining state-level restrictions on businesses as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Additionally, the order prevents cities and counties from closing businesses or collecting fines from pandemic-related mandates, such as mask requirements. Also of note, the Office of Economic and Demographic Research (EDR) released its August revenue report today, which shows the state collected $177 million above the most recent projections. Overall, general revenue collections are still down 4.6% from this time last year, but collections are trending in a positive direction.

    Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Dashboard

    Total cases: 695,887

    Resident hospitalizations: 43,299

    Resident deaths: 13,915

    Non-resident deaths: 164

    New daily cases: 2,851

    Daily percent positive: 4.27%

    Total tests: 5,213,142

    Overall percent positive: 13.35%


  • 09/10/2020 2:56 PM | Anonymous

    September 9th was the twenty-eighth straight day below 10 percent positivity of new cases. Please find today’s daily report attached.

    Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Dashboard

    Total cases: 652,148

    Resident hospitalizations: 40,517

    Resident deaths: 12,115

    Non-resident deaths: 154

    New daily cases: 3,773

    Daily percent positive: 5.97%

    Total tests: 4,838,264

    Overall percent positive: 13.48%

    Florida State and Local Action on COVID19 Sept 9.pdf

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