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September 25, 2018

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| 10/17/2017

How a group of Florida tomato growers could help derail NAFTA

As the United States, Canada and Mexico prepare to wrap up a fourth round of talks Tuesday about revisions to the North American Free Trade Agreement, there is growing fear that the talks could collapse around one of several “poison pill” provisions, including the demands of the Florida tomato growers. [Source: Washington Post]

» Column: NAFTA renegotiation long overdue for Florida farmers
» Quick Poll: Which side of the NAFTA debate do you fall on?
» Earlier: Florida tomato group asks for greater protections against Mexico

Irma insurance claims near $5 billion

Potential insured losses from Hurricane Irma in Florida now approach $5 billion. As of Friday, 747,534 claims had been filed, worth an estimated $4.94 billion, according to the Office of Insurance Regulation. [Source: WJXT]

Some want to change Florida education — by amending the state Constitution

Among the more than 700 public proposals for changing Florida's Constitution, dozens of them weighed in on how the education system should change. The input is part of the process for the Constitution Revision Commission, which convenes every 20 years to consider what amendments — if any — to send to voters. [Source:]

Gov. Scott declares emergency in Alachua before Spencer's speech

Gov. Rick Scott on Monday declared a state of emergency in Alachua County three days ahead of a scheduled speech at the University of Florida campus in Gainesville by the white nationalist Richard Spencer. The governor said:

“We live in a country where everyone has the right to voice their opinion, however, we have zero tolerance for violence and public safety is always our number one priority. I have been in constant contact with Sheriff Darnell who has requested this Executive Order to ensure that county and local law enforcement have every needed resource. This executive order is an additional step to ensure that the University of Florida and the entire community is prepared so everyone can stay safe.”

See the governor's emergency declaration here. Read more at the Tampa Bay Time, USA Todayand see UF's statement regarding Gov. Scott's Declaration

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Under water: Shrimp farmer faces a big problem

Shrimp farmer Florida Organic Aquaculture files for bankruptcy protection. Aquaculture farmers may work with water instead of dirt, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have a tough row to hoe. One of Florida’s highest profile aquaculture ventures, restaurant-grade shrimp farmer Florida Organic Aquaculture has filed for bankruptcy protection. Full story here.

Earlier, from Florida Trend
» Finny business: A look at aquaculture in Florida


› Retaining A+ talent
Deferred compensation has long been a tool organizations use to recruit and retain high-performers. However, the strategy can backfire if agreements aren't established properly. Tanya L. Bower from Tripp Scott law firm writes about the pros and cons of these plans.

› Florida's 2 main political parties could pay hefty fines
Florida's two political parties could get hit with some hefty fines. State officials this month levied a $110,000 fine against the Republican Party of Florida. The Florida Democratic Party could also get hit with a large fine.

› Orlando ranked No. 3 city for vegans, vegetarians
Orlando was ranked the No. 3 best city in the U.S. for vegan and vegetarians by financial data website WalletHub. New York and Portland were the top two cities, respectively.

› Jacksonville’s Fanatics Inc. branches out into college merchandising, acquires Atlanta firm
Jacksonville-based Fanatics Inc. online sports apparel and memorabilia company is expanding its operations to focus more on fans of collegiate sports. Also read more at the Florida Times Union.

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St. Pete Axe & Ale is an outdoor bar, complete with a chain-link fenced in area like a batting cage. It opened to coincide with International Axe Throwing Day. 

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