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October 6, 2015

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Nine years after hurricanes, insurance costs still high

Six of the 10 most costly hurricanes in U.S. history hit Florida during 2004 and 2005. Insurance companies took a big hit financially and, as you'd expect, our property insurance coverage got more expensive. But the state saw its last hurricane nine years ago. More at WGCU.

Some workers could be auto-enrolled

Newly hired employees who don’t sign up for health insurance on the job could have it done for them under a health law provision that may take effect as early as next year. But the controversial provision is raising questions. More at Health News Florida.

One Spark expands Jacksonville festival, boosts prize money


Siemens Services Wind Turbines

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The great irony of the new Siemens Energy’s Wind Service Training Center in Orlando is that Florida lacks the basic resource for being a wind-energy producer. Nonetheless, Siemens trains 200 technicians a month at the facility.

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Substantial changes are on the way for Jacksonville’s One Spark as organizers say they will modify the guidelines for “creators” – or participants – in the crowdfunding festival next year that will include an additional day for the event and an increase of award funding of $40,000. More from the Florida Times-Union.

Florida Medical Association opposes medical marijuana

The Florida Medical Association, a statewide lobbying group for doctors, has announced that it “strongly” opposes the medical marijuana referendum going to voters in November. More at the Gainesville Sun.

SpaceX teams up with Texas for launch complex

It's official: SpaceX and Texas on Monday confirmed plans for the company to build a privately operated launch complex on the state's Gulf Coast for commercial missions, dealing a painful but not unexpected blow to Florida's Space Coast. More at Florida Today.

Olive Oil Stores Grow in Florida

mount dora olive oil Olive-oil specialty stores are counting on Americans' fascination with the Mediterranean diet and interest in cooking to fuel their bottom lines. The concept is simple: Offer a variety of oils, allow customers to taste them before buying, stock balsamic vinegars and other gourmet items, and add customer service that educates and entertains.

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