October 21, 2014

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| 9/23/2013

Floridians awaiting guidance on Obamacare

In the half of America where health care reform was enthusiastically embraced, uninsured consumers are being deluged by opportunities — online, on TV and on street corners — to learn about their coverage options for 2014. But in states that have resisted the program, including Florida, so far there's a slightly ominous silence. [Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune]

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Big issues loom in next legislative session

Florida lawmakers return to Tallahassee this week for their first in a series of weekly meetings leading up to the 2014 legislative session next spring. It will be an election-year session with Gov. Rick Scott, three state Cabinet members and many lawmakers keeping an eye on their electoral fortunes. [Source: Ocala Star-Banner]


Casinos tap intelligence network to beat cheaters

Casinos from the U.S. to Australia use their own intelligence network to warn one another about cheaters. As table games spread, resorts are using it more than ever to stay ahead of suspect players — professional thieves and card counters — who can easily hit multiple casinos in the span of a few days. [Source: AP]


Surf industry hopes surf parks will expand sport

Surf parks — massive pools with repeating, artificial waves — are the latest buzzword in the surf community, as everyone from top athletes to retailers look for ways to expand the sport, boost sales and create a standardized way to train that could help surfing earn an Olympic pedigree. [Source: AP]


Citizens racks up millions in attorneys' fees as it denies claims

Citizens Property Insurance Corp. will be raising its rates for the third time next year and the proceeds will cover more than claims. They'll also pay attorneys' fees — now averaging an estimated $2 million each month — as policyholders battle over getting their claims paid. [Source: Times/Herald]


ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:

› Sanborn Studios: High hopes vs. reality
Sanborn Studios LLC was touted as a way to cement Southwest Florida's nascent film industry, while injecting the community with high-paying jobs and catapulting the region onto the national entertainment map.

› Entertainment incubator hopes to hit a high note
A studio is under construction. A refrigerator and a few chairs are set up for a break room. Cubicles are to arrive soon. And, tellingly, a guitar sits ready to be played. "This is Jason's version of an incubator," said Jason Kates, 52, a serial entrepreneur, musician and former race car driver, pointing to the new 10,000-square-foot space in the Las Olas Riverfront complex in downtown Fort Lauderdale.

› Locals to new Office Depot CEO: 'We'll meet on the tarmac'
Palm Beach County's economic development leader is ready to roll out the red carpet for a new chief executive of the combined Office Depot and OfficeMax.

› Sarasota mansion teardown part of a trend?
Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik's decision to raze a perfectly livable — and relatively new — St. Armands Key mansion may have set Southwest Florida real estate watchers abuzz, but the demolition won't be the opening salvo of a new trend involving upscale homes, local professionals say.


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