August 27, 2014

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| 10/21/2013

› No flood insurance required! Realtors find selling points in soaring-premium nightmares
It has never been harder, Realtors say, to land a buyer for a flood-insured home. The Biggert-Waters act, which began revoking big federal subsidies for older flood-zone homes Oct. 1, has driven premiums skyward, spooking buyers and killing deals.

› Jackson upgrade plan goes to voters
In the three months since Jackson Health System first proposed asking Miami-Dade voters to approve $830 million in upgrades to be paid entirely with taxpayer funds, proponents of the project have emphasized the public hospital network’s need to update its aging facilities and become more competitive with private and nonprofit hospitals in South Florida.

› Tax on medical devices takes toll on Florida companies
Several Florida companies with millions of dollars at stake watched the recent budget and debt negotiations in Washington with interest as the repeal of a tax on medical devices was one of the last remaining bargaining chips played by Republicans seeking concessions — any concession — to the Affordable Care Act.

› Broward nonprofit organizes mega-yacht event for charity
Here's an oh-so South Florida way to raise money for a cause: Bring together the megayachts. The nonprofit Boys & Girls Club of Broward County is organizing "the largest gathering of megayachts for charity in the world," set for Nov. 21 through Nov. 23 at Atlantis resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas.

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