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What you need to know about Florida today
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Forget climate change histrionics; the seas around Florida have been rising for eons. How quickly they rise over the next 100 years, however, will pose a host of challenges for the state — and reshape Florida in the years to come. Timing is everything. First of a series on sea-level rise in Florida.
» Quick poll: What is your level of concern regarding sea-level rise in Florida?
» Next up in this series: What we'll see -- present day through 2025 and 2025 - 2050.
Florida businesses race to meet fast delivery expectations
Florida’s small businesses are racing to keep up with new demands for custom products delivered at dizzying speeds. With expectations that nearly all consumer goods be delivered in as little as two days, makers of T-shirts, baseball cleats and more are overhauling business models and factories. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]
Bipartisan group pushes for better debates, better elections in Florida
There’s a lot of ugliness in politics. But members of a new group in Central Florida are trying to raise the bar — on discourse, on issues and in campaigning. And they think it all starts with solid debates. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]
The Sunshine Economy: Construction -- building more with less labor
Construction cranes may dot the South Florida skyline. Construction zones may occupy our streets. Cement trucks and tractor trailers carrying bulldozers may mingle in our traffic. But there are fewer people working in construction in South Florida than there were a decade ago when the real estate boom came crashing down. [Source: WLRN]
FSU suspends all fraternities, sororities following death of a pledge
Florida State University president John Thrasher indefinitely suspended all fraternities and sororities Monday following the death of a fraternity pledge and another student’s unrelated drug arrest over the weekend. See the full story from FSU, here. Also read more at the Tampa Bay Times and the AP.
› Heico Corp. inks its fourth acquisition this year
A subsidiary company of South Florida’s Heico Corp., an airplane-parts maker that boasts a market value of about $6.5 billion, has acquired a California-based company.
› Peak South Florida cruise season opens with 'smart' ships, fancy terminals, luxe voyage
It’s time for South Florida’s annual peak cruise season, and passengers are about to be greeted with “smart” ships that offer high-tech concierge services, a re-imagined cruise terminal with a movie theater, digital avatar sailing companions and ultra-luxury voyages with butler service.
› FPL seeks state go-ahead to purchase Vero Beach’s power company
After what it described as “very extended discussions and negotiations,” Florida Power & Light is asking state regulators to clear the way for a $185 million deal to purchase a utility system run by the city of Vero Beach.
› On sexual harassment, Gov. Scott slams Latvala, but went soft on Trump
On Monday, Gov. Rick Scott explained how he felt about the controversy around Sen. Jack Latvala. "When they're in the workplace, I would be horrified if (his wife or two daughters) were treated improperly," Scott said. "It's disgusting if anybody does that. You know, there's an independent investigation and we need to follow that and find out the real facts of what actually happened." Also on Monday, Sen. Jack Latvala was removed as Senate budget chief.
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