Monday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
In Florida, all eyes on Puerto Rican voters after Maria
More than a million Puerto Ricans - about 5 percent of Florida's population - already call the state home, and given the outrage many feel over President Donald Trump's handling of the storm, political observers say this voting bloc could loosen the Republican Party's hold on this battleground state. [Source: AP]
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Community portrait of Tampa/Hillsborough County
Since 2015, 350 companies have invested more than $1.9 billion and created nearly 29,000 jobs in Tampa and Hillsborough County, according to the local economic development commission. In addition to economic data, this comprehensive report looks at quality of life and amenities, notable businesses, people to know, assets and infrastructure, and much more. Go to portrait.
Hurricane Irma recovery slowed by shortages of insurance adjusters, contractors
Two months after Hurricane Irma, reporting damages to insurance companies turned out to be the easiest part of the recovery process for many homeowners. Putting price tags on repairs and getting workers out to fix the most severely damaged properties is requiring a lot of patience. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]
Renters becoming the uninsured in Florida
The 2017 hurricane season exposed an insurance gap across a state that is being redefined by renters, who are far less likely than homeowners to insure their belongings. The tab to cover renters’ disaster-related damage often falls in public hands. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]
Doing well by doing good: Social ventures on the rise in South Florida
A growing trend in South Florida’s startup scene sees new programs designed to fund, nurture and grow companies that can improve life here. Across the region, there are now scores of startups in development that are focused on the environment (read related story), employment, alleviating poverty and improving access to education. [Source: Miami Herald]
› South Florida Museum looks to 2018 as expansion begins soon
Having recently completed their 2018 strategic planning all-day board meeting, South Florida Museum board members and staff are looking to a bright future for the museum in the post-Snooty era.
› Manatee County pest control company wants to be biggest in Florida
When Brenton Cloud’s great-grandfather started Manatee Termite and Pest Control in 1934, fumigation techniques looked a little bit different.
› Port St. Joe in Florida recalls a forgotten era
Residing on the edge of one of Florida’s pristine bays in northwest Florida, Port St. Joe is a gateway to the stunning beaches of Cape San Blas and the St. Joseph Peninsula. It’s also a destination where visitors can explore a rich history that partners with spectacular scenery making Port St. Joe one of the more intriguing places in the Sunshine State.
› As Brevard's citrus industry declines, growers are feeling the squeeze
Citrus production in Florida has dropped 59 percent since the 2008-09 season. Production plunged even more in Brevard County, by 87 percent. And, recently, two of the area's last traditional citrus retailers announced they not open their stands for the 2017-18 season.
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