August 20, 2014

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What you need to know about Florida today

| 8/26/2013

› Boca's first large-scale luxury development in nearly a decade is in the pipeline
In Boca Raton, it seems the real estate market is ready to party like it's 2005 again. The city's zoning board unanimously approved the first large scale, single-family home project in nearly a decade.

› Florida Hospital enters health-insurance business
In October, Florida Hospital will launch into the health-insurance business, executives announced today. In partnership with Health First Health Plans, the hospital system expects ultimately to offer both Medicare and private health insurance in as many as 11 Central Florida counties.

› Goodwill places some workers with below minimum wage jobs
On the factory floor at Goodwill Industries of South Florida, cerebral palsy doesn’t stop Donnie Williams from stitching one button hole after another into the military trousers the Miami non-profit makes for the Pentagon. But Williams earns $4.22 an hour, according to a Goodwill supervisor, about 45 percent below Florida’s minimum hourly wage of $7.79.

› Hillsborough code enforcement squad cleans up wasteland of deserted foreclosures
One of every three empty foreclosed homes in America sits within the Sunshine State, including 10,000 across Tampa Bay, RealtyTrac data show. When banks fail to care for them, or homeowners turn and run, it becomes the job of public patrols to keep the chaos in check.

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