Sleek Vantage Keypads Key to Fla. Condo Lighting Overhaul

Until recently, this 12th-floor luxury condo on Siesta Key Beach, Fla., had served as a vacation spot for its owners, providing the family of four with stunning views of Sarasota Bay and the Gulf for a few relaxing weeks each year. These days, however, one of the owners has retired and is living at the condo full-time.

With the property transitioning from a vacation home into a permanent residence, it became apparent that a renovation was needed, both in terms of its aesthetics and smart home technology. In particular, a legacy Vantage lighting control system was due for an upgrade to more modern keypads to complement the home’s interior design.

To accommodate the new demands of a full-time resident, a programming overhaul was also needed. Custom integrator Lighting & Control Partners was called on to provide the system refresh.

Replacing Keypads, Tweaking Programming Top Priority List

How Vantage Does Human-Centric Lighting: Sun as a ‘Phantom Load’

Installed in 2007, the

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Homebase up for sale after recent overhaul

DIY chain Homebase is being put on sale once again following a recent major overhaul to revive its fortunes.

The group’s owners – turnaround specialist Hilco – are looking to secure the deal after getting Homebase back on track and amid a booming home improvement market.

It comes just over two years after the DIY and garden centre firm was sold to Hilco for the nominal price of £1 after a disastrous spell under the ownership of Australian group Wesfarmers.

Homebase said: “Having built an excellent foundation, Homebase is moving out of its turnaround phase and entering into an exciting new chapter of growth.

“Now is the right time for us to be starting conversations with potential new owners to accelerate our plan.”

Wesfarmers bought the chain for £340 million in 2016 but its attempts to import its Bunnings home improvement brand to the UK by converting Homebase stores failed

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Florida agency will ask for overhaul of troubled website

TALLAHASSEE — Florida’s unemployment agency is asking lawmakers for $5 million to hire 108 new employees to handle increasingly complex unemployment claims, part of an overall legislative request that could include spending millions more to overhaul the state’s beleaguered unemployment website.

The Department of Economic Opportunity’s new executive director, former state Rep. Dane Eagle, said Tuesday that he’s hired an outside company to find out how and why the unemployment website, known as CONNECT, failed this year amid a crush of pandemic-related jobless claims.

“We can’t ask for the moon,” Eagle said Tuesday. “We’re trying to be reasonable.”

That review will help him and lawmakers decide what to do with website. Eagle said he’s eyeing two options: Keeping the existing system and moving it into a cloud-based server, where it will be better equipped to handle massive numbers of users at a time, or scrapping it entirely and building

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Prop. 15, which would overhaul Prop. 13, winning in early returns

A California ballot measure that would remove property tax protections for commercial buildings was ahead in early returns Tuesday night.

Proposition 15 was winning 52.2% to 47.8% in early results. The measure required a simple majority to pass.

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It would require the reassessment of commercial and industrial buildings at least once every three years for property tax calculations, rather than when buildings are sold or after new construction.

Prop. 15 would amount to one of the biggest tax increases in state history,

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Proposition 15, which would overhaul California’s Prop. 13 by raising taxes on commercial buildings, ahead in early returns

A California ballot measure that would remove property tax protections for commercial buildings was ahead in early returns Tuesday night.

Proposition 15 was winning 52.2% to 47.8% in early results. The measure required a simple majority to pass.

It would require the reassessment of commercial and industrial buildings at least once every three years for property tax calculations, rather than when buildings are sold or after new construction.

Prop. 15 would amount to one of the biggest tax increases in state history, generating an estimated $6.5 billion to $11.5 billion annually for local governments and schools, according to the state’s nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office.

It would partially undo 1978’s landmark Prop. 13, which caps annual property tax increases at 2%. Commercial properties would lose that protection starting in 2022. Residential buildings would not be affected.

Supporters argued that the measure would create a fairer property tax system that required

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