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What you need to know about Florida today
Stormy weather: Florida officials squabble over insurance pick
Thanks to an arcane state law, Florida could enter hurricane season with no one firmly in charge of the state agency responsible for regulating the state’s at-times fragile insurance industry. More from Florida Politics, the AP, and WUFT.
While women have made great strides in the private sector and are increasing influence across all industries, they continue to be underrepresented in the political process and in holding political office. [Source: Florida Today]
In March, Florida was second only to California with 27,500 new construction jobs over a yearlong period — an increase of 6.5 percent, according to an analysis of Labor Department data by the Associated General Contractors of America. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]
As homeowner insurance claims keep increasing in Florida, so do risks that companies won't cover or will cite to deny coverage altogether. Peoples Trust, for example, applied to the state April 1 to expand its list to include roofs with attached solar panels and homes with more than two dogs. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]
A bold plan to build a new town in southwest Florida designed to run on solar power — sidelined by the recession a decade ago — hit the restart button Friday morning with a celebratory event announcing Babcock Ranch is back in business. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]
Video from Florida Trend:
» An interview with Syd Kitson, CEO of Kitson & Partners, on latest developments at Babcock Ranch
› CEOs discuss effect of Trump, if president, on South Florida business
South Florida CEOs and business leaders speak out on the pros, cons, and many uncertainties of a Trump presidency and its effects on business in the Sunshine State.
› AGTC announces new corporate office and laboratory facility
Applied Genetic Technologies Corporation, a biotechnology company conducting human clinical trials of gene therapies for the treatment of rare diseases, recently announced the opening of a new facility in the rapidly growing North Central Florida biotech corridor.
› Jacksonville Jaguars sign sponsorship deal with Harbinger Sign
The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed another sponsor for the NFL franchise in Harbinger Sign. Harbinger, based in Jacksonville, will be the official sign provider for the team during the upcoming football season.
› Hail storm damages AutoNation's profits
A hail storm in Texas caused $3.6 million in damage to AutoNation vehicles and contributed to a 14 percent drop in profits in the first quarter, the Fort Lauderdale-based auto retailer said Friday.
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