Fla. Senators Introduce the ‘Canadian Snowbirds Act’

Senate Bill 2507, introduced by Scott and Rubio, would allow Canadian snowbirds to stay in the U.S. for up to eight months – an increase from the current six months.

WASHINGTON – Florida’s U.S. Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott think Canadians should be allowed to stay in the United States longer than the current mandatory six months, so they introduced the Canadian Snowbirds Act (S. 2507) in Congress.

The legislation would allow some Canadian citizens to spend up to eight months per year vacationing in the United States without penalty. According to the Canadian Embassy, Canadians who visit Florida contribute more than $6.5 billion each year to the state’s economy.

“Tourism is a crucial part of Florida’s booming economy, creating and supporting thousands of jobs all across the Sunshine State,” Rubio said in a statement. “This bill will be a huge boost to our state’s economy by allowing the millions of Canadian snowbirds who visit Florida each year to stay two months longer.”

To become law, the Senate would have to pass S. 2507 and send it to the House for approval. If that happened, it would then need President Trump’s signature to become law.

The bill would allow Canadian citizens over age 50 who own or rent a U.S. residence to remain in the country for up to 240 days each year. The bill prohibits qualifying visitors from working for American employers or seeking public assistance.

Under current laws, Canadians may remain in the United States for up to six months per year. If they stay more than six months, they’re considered U.S. residents for tax purposes and required to pay U.S. federal income taxes on any and all income they earn that year – regardless of which country it was earned in.

According to VISIT Florida, approximately 3.5 million Canadians visited Florida in 2018 alone. The legislation is endorsed by VISIT Florida and the Canadian Snowbird Association.

“This bill is a win-win for people on both sides of the border,” says Karen Huestis, president of Canadian Snowbird Association

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A recent survey from the National Association of Realtors® revealed that 77 percent of buyers’ agents said staging a home makes it easier for potential buyers to visual it as their own. That’s why here at Breakthrough Broker, we believe staging is not to be overlooked! Here are our top tips.

  1. Dress up your yard. First impressions count, and the first one your home gives comes from the exterior. Mow the lawn, clean up shrubbery, rake any leaves, clean the walkway and driveway, plant in-season flowers, and pull up any unsightly weeds.
  2. Reduce personal items. Make it easier for buyers to imagine themselves making your house their home by removing personal photos and knick-knacks from shelves, walls, and counters. Instead replace them with clean, simple décor, such as abstract paintings, nature images, vases, plants, and more.
  3. Organize your storage areas. Storage is a huge selling point. Tidy up and clear out the accessible closets and cupboards in the home and make sure to point them out during an open house or showing.
  4. Appeal to the senses. Consider ways you can appeal to potential homebuyers’ other senses. During a viewing or open house, bake some fresh cookies or burn delicious smelling candles and play light, relaxing music in the background.
  5. Consider turning to an expert. With their knowledge of current trends and great eye for design, professionally certified stagers can transform a home in a variety of ways and have a keen sense of what homebuyers want and expect in a home. Investing in hiring a pro may pay off in dividends.

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Jennifer Bailey, REALTOR® e-PRO®
Dale Sorensen Real Estate
772-559-5524 • veroluxuryhomes.comsearchinvero.com

What’s going on in Vero Beach? Diesel Engines, Legally Drunken Goats and American Icons

What a crazy mix right?  That’s exactly what I thought too.   Well anyone that’s spent any time in Vero Beach has probably seen this big brick building right next to the railroad tracks just off of Rt.60.  It’s just been sitting there quiet and empty for many years. Vandalized, abandoned and rotting away.

Vero Beach Diesel Power Plant

Click here to see some great historical images of it on the National Registry Gallery


What’s the real story of this old brick beauty?

This near-century old historic building in downtown Vero Beach, Florida, was built in 1926 replacing an earlier power plant due to extensive growth in the area.  It was built in the masonry vernacular style by architects Carter and Damerow and by the engineering firm of Kennard and Sons.  It was known back then as the Vero Beach Diesel Power Plant or the City of Vero Beach Municipal Power Plant.   The structure was the city’s first public utilitarian facility and is the city’s oldest municipal building.   On February 26, 1999, it was added to the US National Register of Historic Place.

historic registry

Fast forward to 2016 the old diesel plant was sold to Michael Rechter who brought his dream to life with an incredibly extensive renovation project that cost a mere $6 Mill.  Transforming this power palace giving it a new name and renewed life.  Now known as the American Icon Brewery a cool and funky hot spot opened in September 2017.    The menu has a great selection and the beer board is full of tempting libations.

See their menu here:  American Icon Brewery Vero Beach

Here I am today after a luncheon meeting with some of our marketing brains.

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You’ll see right behind us that big red sculpture which is actually remnants of a diesel engine that was left behind in this once forgotten place.   See if you can spot it in the old photos on the National Registry. 😉   I highly recommend stopping by this sparky spot for lunch or dinner and while you’re there try some of their home brewed beer.

Outside you’ll find plenty of mingling spots and lots of comfy seating, games like a life sized Connect Four, corn hole and many others.  Just sit back, relax and enjoy the atmosphere.   As far as the food goes, I chose the “Legally Drunk Goat Burger”.  Sounded like it was worth a shot, especially based on it’s popularity on social media…  it didn’t disappoint!  I saved a bit to enjoy some for later.  Yum!

legally drunk goat burger

goat burger

This is all that what was left of my drunken goat – there was plenty to fill you and save some for later.  Yes, they branded the bun!  Delish!

I’ll be returning again to try some of the other items on the menu and maybe a couple brews too.

American Icon Brewery

Standing proud and beautiful the new American Icon Brewery in Vero Beach, FL.


I’m a proud and long time resident of Vero Beach.  A safe and fun place to be with family and friends.  Great for anyone that wants to enjoy the beautiful Florida Sunshine State in a small and beautiful town that is graced with a ton of history.

Call me to find out about more great places in Vero Beach, Florida.

Jennifer Bailey, REALTOR® e-PRO®
Dale Sorensen Real Estate • Vero Beach, FL

Photo credit: Old Vero Beach Power Plant – By Ebyabe (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
Info Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vero_Beach_Diesel_Power_Plant
and a personal visit to the new facility 🙂