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June 21, 2018

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| 7/17/2017

Sea level rise is accelerating in Florida, scientists warn

Sea level rise and Florida

In dozens of locations along the state’s 1,350-mile coastline, sea level rise is no longer an esoteric discussion or a puzzle for future generations to solve. It’s happening now and is forecast to worsen over the next 20 to 30 years. More from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and the Northwest Florida Daily News.

See also:
» "When rising seas hit home," Florida fact sheet from Union of Concerned Scientists
» Study maps out devastating effects of sea level rise on south Florida
» Scientists say future could hold bad news for Florida agriculture

Venezuelans who fled to Florida participate in opposition's symbolic vote

Tens of thousands of Venezuelans in Florida were expected to vote in the referendum organized by opponents of Venezuela's president. Anti-Maduro anger is boiling over in South Florida communities. [Source: NPR] Listen to the audio report here:

Wondering if your homeowner’s insurance will protect you? You’re not alone

As Floridians head into a hurricane season predicted to be busier-than-average, homeowners are wondering whether their insurers will pay up if their house is hit — and how to find out before a storm arrives. [Source: Miami Herald]

Your turn:
» With hurricane season here, how confident are you that your homeowner's insurance will be able to pay claims? (quick poll)

Florida scientists are on a mission to make the perfect tomato

UF-bred tomatoes

How many old-timers have you heard say, "They don't grow tomatoes like they used to"? This isn't just cranky nostalgia. They're right. Tomatoes have been bred to be disease-resistant, easily transportable and have a long shelf life. Flavor isn't at the top of the priority list for growers, distributors and grocers. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]

See also:
» UF-led team discovers key to restoring great tomato flavor

Rooted in Florida: German, Irish top ancestries in state

When it comes to ancestral roots, it turns out the Germans have a leg up in Florida. New U.S. Census data released last week shows that about 10 percent of Florida's 20 million residents say they have German ancestry. [Source: AP]


› Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament finding more solid ground
While it may never fully return to the level of its glory days, growing interest continues to show the nation’s premier kingfish tournament, is back on solid ground – and getting stronger. This is the tournament’s 37th year.

› Office Depot HQ lets workers go casual to inspire innovation
To say Office Depot’s headquarters employees have gone through upheaval in the last few years is an understatement. But the latest adjustment is a welcome one for the 2,000 workers at headquarters: Office Depot employees now can dress casually at work — every day.

› As video-game crowd diversifies, so do Orlando's developers
With more people than ever before playing video games, according to a new survey, data about those gamers are giving developers another weapon in their pursuit of customers.

› Pensacola considering new arena to attract basketball team
Mayor Ashton Hayward says the city is in the early planning stages on a new arena if it can attract a basketball team.

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