The Sarasota Herald Tribune just published a very informative six day report on the reasons for the many bank failures in Florida during the "Great Recession."   

Since almost every ROC in our state has been affected by questionable loans that have been foreclosed or are currently in the process of foreclosure, I thought my blog readers might be interested in the Herald Tribune’s series.

I’m also posting the link to one of Tom Lyons’ columns in the Herald Tribune published earlier this week as a reminder to owners in resident owned communities.   There is a tax due and owing to the State of Florida when a mobile home, site built home, or condominium is rented on a "short term" basis and the failure to pay that tax will not be taken lightly by our state’s enforcement agencies.

Just a word to the wise:  pay the tax on those rentals!

Among the guests on this week’s edition of "Community Matters" is Sarasota County’s sheriff–I have a feeling that benefits and dangers of "neighborhood watch" programs will be one of the topics on the agenda.  I hope you’ll take the opportunity to listen to our guest host, Cindi Bass, this Saturday morning at eleven or on our podcast released early next week.