Tuesday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today.
High court has options on Florida's health care challenge
The Supreme Court has several options in ruling on President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, from upholding the law to striking it down in its entirety. The court also could avoid deciding the law's constitutionality at all, if it finds the lawsuits challenging the law are premature. The Associated Press has outlined six potential outcomes, from the simplest to the most complicated possible rulings.
Tampa's tax fraud epidemic gets national scrutiny
Tampa's tax refund fraud is getting national attention this week as a city police detective is set to testify before a U.S. Senate subcommittee about what the police chief says "conservatively" amounts to hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer money being stolen in the Tampa Bay area alone. [Source: Tampa Tribune]
Retired Orlando firefighter-paramedic Scott Neusch knew firsthand that disinfection procedures failed to eradicate all the dangerous microbes left on the backboards that are used to transport patients, who often leave behind blood and other body fluids. Neusch and three partners formed Advanced EMS Designs and developed Board Armor.
Sarasota roofing company nails big job with Publix
It's a job that, in these relatively slow times, roofers drool over: a space the size of 10 football fields.
Sutter Roofing of Sarasota is wrapping up work on the thermoplastic roof for a 600,000-square-foot warehouse owned by Publix in Lakeland.
[Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune]
Tavares condo development offers retirement like no other for Indians
The business of building condos for Northerners retiring to Florida collapsed in the housing bust, but one unusual Lake County development is an exception: a gated community that caters to Indian immigrants buying into that last piece of the American dream. ShantiNiketan, a condo complex in Tavares, may be the only retirement development in the U.S where residents dine on Indian cuisine, meditate in a prayer room stocked with Hindu statues and enjoy Bollywood movie nights. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]
Florida’s inland residents may pay as sea levels climb
Florida, where about 2.4 million people live within four feet of the local high-tide line, has eight of the 10 U.S. cities most at risk for sea level rise. About $30 billion in taxable property is endangered in just three southeast Florida counties, excluding Miami-Dade, which has the most homes at risk in the state and the nation.
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