What you need to know about Florida today
› Miami-Dade pending home sales spiked in October
The number of sales contracts on single-family homes and condos in Miami-Dade jumped sharply in October despite the very low inventory of homes on the market.
› Some in Congress oppose wider ban on big snakes
The monstrous snakes that have invaded the Everglades and gobbled up some of its endangered wildlife are Florida's problem, not cause for a nationwide ban, some Republicans in Congress declared on Thursday.
› Sarasota Military Academy breaks ground on expansion
Jack Urfer, an unassuming man, seemed a bit taken aback as he shook the city manager's hand and smiled awkwardly for the half-dozen cameras. “It's too much,” Urfer said about the hoopla. But for officials, this was their opportunity to thank the businessman single-handedly responsible for a $5 million expansion project at Sarasota Military Academy.
› Mystery Monkey gets a new home
It's official: Cornelius, formerly known as the Mystery Monkey of Tampa Bay, will be moved to a zoo in Pasco County early next week.
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