August 20, 2014

Monday's Daily Pulse

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| 2/25/2013

› Key West readies for construction boom
The city of Key West is about to embark on five major construction projects that add up to some $100 million, from the long-awaited Truman Waterfront Park and a new City Hall to the repair of a dilapidated Bahama Village treasure, the Frederick Douglass Gym.

› In Florida, a health-care quandary
If the Republican-controlled legislature approves his plan when it meets next month, Florida would also become one of the largest states to require virtually all recipients of Medicaid to enroll in private managed-care plans, which can limit which health providers patients can see.

› Florida water survey website shows clean drinking water top concern
UF's Center for Public Issue Education has released report on water in Florida and found that clean drinking water is the most important concern Floridians have about water. Roughly 40% of respondents reported having had a negative water-quality experience, such as poor-quality drinking water, closed beaches, springs, rivers or lakes, and catching fish deemed unfit for human consumption. Just over 65% reported willingness to use recycled wastewater for lawn or landscape irrigation. Nearly 53% said they have low-flow showerheads, nearly 52% have water-efficient toilets, 33% use drought-tolerant plants in their gardens, and nearly 19% use rain barrels to collect water for gardening and yard use.

› Tampa's precautionary water boil was lifted after two days
Over 500,000 residents of Tampa breathed a sigh of relief after the boil water alert was lifted Sunday. The city's water treatment facility lost power on Friday, Feb. 22, which forced officials to issue a precautionary boil water advisory.

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