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Florida hospital takes a step toward price transparency

Speaking on public radio affiliate WLRN, Steve Sonenreich, CEO of the Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, said, “We’d be willing to put our prices to all the insurance companies out in public and we would welcome that kind of transparency of everyone in the marketplace.” Compiling the prices that insurers pay Mount Sinai for various treatments and procedures is no easy task. The formulas that go into these prices are complicated and based on many factors beyond treatment and procedure costs and quality. Sonenreich’s move could alter the health care industry in South Florida. Publicizing Mount Sinai’s prices may give the hospital a competitive advantage. [Read more from TIME]

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Restaurants, hotels look up to vertical farming for fresh food

The north wall inside The Roosevelt 2.0 in Ybor City once was a blank canvas of old, exposed bricks covered with a thin veil of white paint. Now it’s a farm. It’s an idea that Dave Smiles of Uriah’s Urban Farms says is ripe for Tampa’s restaurant scene, which in recent years has seen more chefs starting their own growing operations. The system promises a reduction in the waste of overbuying, a drop in costs, the ability to grow specialized ingredients and use fresher herbs and vegetables. “If we can create enough demand, it could be a model for off-the-grid food production,” he says. [Source: Tampa Tribune]

Putnam expects little backlash from Florida's ethanol law

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam doesn't expect a harsh backlash from the renewable-energy industry after Gov. Rick Scott approved a bill that abolishes a state law requiring most gasoline to include nearly 10 percent ethanol. Scott signed the bill (HB 4001) late Friday to repeal the 2008 Renewable Fuel Standard Act, and groups backing the U.S. ethanol industry quickly blasted the state action. But Putnam said that because of federal ethanol mandates the state action is mostly symbolic and there will be no change at most pumps in Florida. [Source: Naples Daily News]

Jacksonville channel deepening study: Removing Rodman dam is considered

The ship channel in Jacksonville and Rodman dam in Putnam County are about 80 miles from each other. The ship channel handles big ocean-crossing cargo ships. Rodman dam created a reservoir known for big bass. Different as the two waterways are, their fates could come together in a federal study of deepening the 40-foot ship channel to 47 feet. A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ draft report released last week estimated the cost at $733 million, including about $80 million for related environmental projects. Read more from Florida Times-Union.


› The rise of Florida crime fiction
Another line of crime fiction, at the other peninsular end of the country, may have supplanted the L.A.-noir tradition as a paperback mirror of American manners—the fiction of Florida glare. Just ask Dave Barry.

› Florida to review proposed national science standards
The Next Generation Science Standards aim to "provide all students an internationally bench marked science education." They were developed by national science groups in partnership with 26 states (Florida was not among them). The Florida DOE announced it will take public comment on the new standards for the next month to determine if Florida should adopt them.

Column: › Taking stock of real estate in the post-recession world
Matthew Sauer: There is no doubt that buyers are shaking off their moribund approach to real estate and jumping in with gusto.

› E-Verify alone not enough to cure immigration problems, Rubio says
Sen. Marco Rubio said the nation needs temporary workers from other nations – particularly for agriculture and can’t just enact E-Verify as a cure all.

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› Socialite Jill Kelley sues government over leaking her name
The Tampa socialite who unwittingly triggered an investigation that ended the careers of CIA director David Petraeus and former Central Command leader Gen. John Allen asserted Monday in a lawsuit that the federal government violated her privacy.

› Tampa Bay area bartering network increasingly popular
Marie Nelson is the founder of Tampa Bay Time, a local nonprofit that allows participants to exchange services based on the time spent rendering them, rather than their market value. For a fee ranging from $20-50, participants can join a growing regional network of massage therapists, housekeepers, accountants and others offering hours - not dollars - in exchange for another member's time.

› Ethnic chambers of commerce offer bridge to globalize business
Companies looking to connect with ethnic markets are turning to the chambers.

Editorial: › Scott should veto bill that speeds up death penalty punishments
Sun-Sentinel op-ed board: Florida is the state most likely to send the wrong person to death row. Twenty-four times since the mid-1970s, we have sentenced an innocent person to death. Twenty-four times. No other state has racked up more exonerations.