What you need to know about Florida today
City and county governments warn that if Amendment 4 passes next week, shuttered libraries, fired police officers and gutted social services will litter the public landscape.
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Amendment 1 - Health Insurance Mandates
It's a grim scenario local officials say will result from the $1.7 billion in tax relief the amendment offers primarily to businesses, first-time homebuyers and second-homeowners. [Source: Times/Herald]
Already, at least six candidates are considering running against Gov. Rick Scott. Florida Trend profiles all of them from former state CFO and Scott's 2010 opponent Alex sink to Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. Read about them all here.
Thousands of seasonal residents are now worried about the fate of their other homes -- the ones up north. “There is a little bit of irony here,” said Dick Trinidad, who owns a 52-year-old house that sits on a peninsula jutting into Buzzards Bay, Mass. “I'm in Florida, worried about a hurricane in the Northeast.” [Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune]
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» Hurricane Sandy keeps Lake Okeechobee rising
» Stranded travelers caused by Sandy shop, enjoy Orlando weather
» Cleanup still under way after South Florida flooding
» Floating restaurant sinks amid Hurricane Sandy’s bluster
Florida exporters sent $5.68 billion worth of goods to international markets in August, up 7.1 percent from $5.31 billion in July, according to a new report from e-forecasting.com. [Source: Orlando Business Journal]
As coverage of Hurricane Sandy filled cable TV channels, network newscasts and social media on Monday, it was a stubborn, repeatedly recurring sight — no matter how much ridicule it inspired online: TV reporters stumbling in high winds, big waves and harsh weather. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]
ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:
› Biotech companies, investors head to Palm Beach
The Southeast Bio Investor Forum, a life sciences and medical technology conference, will go on as planned at The Breakers' Palm Beach resort Tuesday through Thursday. Despite Hurricane Sandy's impact, the event is being held as scheduled because most attendees are coming from across the Southeast, said executive director Jennifer Moore.
› Seven tips to save on your 2013 health insurance
With health insurance premiums up an average 7 percent for 2013, employees are finding they need to be savvier consumers. To deal with rising costs, employers are putting the onus on workers "to take control over what their health expenses are," said Terri Byers, national benefits enrollment manager for West Palm Beach-based Oasis Outsourcing, which handles payroll and benefits for companies.
› Mobile spa business a hit for Pembroke Pines woman
When Terri Grimsley reinvented herself from the corporate world into an entrepreneur and businesswoman, she also reinvented a spa concept.
› Tasteful, nonpolitical, nonreligious Halloween costumes OK in workplace
One person's humor can be another's misery. Halloween parties in the workplace may seem innocent enough, but the fun can prompt concerns of harassment when costumes convey messages.
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