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October 19, 2018

Monday's Daily Pulse

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| 12/4/2017

› FPL spent $2.78B on grid upgrades, but customers doubt they got their money's worth
The hurricane season is over, but FPL customers, consumer advocates and state legislators are still simmering over the effectiveness of the company’s electric grid upgrades, and whether the utility can do more to prevent storm-driven power outages.

› Disney employees mulling over company's latest offer in union negotiations
Disney unions are divided over whether to approve a new contract that would give workers at least a 50-cent hourly wage increase for each of the next two years.

› Audit of Tampa airport raises questions about spending and salaries
A much-anticipated audit of Tampa International Airport unearthed misuse of a state grant and raised questions about the awarding and oversight of contracts related to the airport’s $2.3 billion expansion, the largest public works project in Tampa history.

› Nearly 1,200 buildings in the Keys were destroyed by Hurricane Irma
Nearly three months after Hurricane Irma pounded the Keys, new destruction numbers are in and they’re big. Nearly 1,200 residential and commercial structures in Monroe County were destroyed by the Sept. 10 Category 4 hurricane.

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