Wednesday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Three more proposed amendments going before Florida Supreme Court
Three more proposed constitutional amendments are going before the Florida Supreme Court after a Leon County circuit judge ruled they should be blocked from the November ballot. The three proposed amendments, numbers 7, 9, and 11, were approved this spring by the state Constitution Revision Commission, but Attorney General Pam Bondi argued they were improperly bundled. More from WWSB.
Insurer goes public over assignment of benefits issues
Citizens president and CEO Barry Gilway revealed yesterday that the insurer is working on the “logistics” for public hearings as a way to address the practice of assignment of benefits (AOB), which has been pinpointed by insurers as the cause of rising insurance costs in Florida. More from Insurance Business America.
Sarasota County reaffirms commitment to Mote Aquarium
Mote Marine Laboratory’s plans to relocate to a new $130 million aquarium at Nathan Benderson Park gained traction Tuesday as the Sarasota County Commission reaffirmed its commitment to work with the institution through a series of motions designed to help the nonprofit research center gain more solid footing for its fundraising efforts. More from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
Orlando's green Community Action Plan calls for air quality monitors, bans on Styrofoam and straws
Orlando residents could soon see air quality monitors perched atop light poles along with bans on Styrofoam containers, plastic bags and straws at city facilities and events as well as a return of the residential rain-barrel program More from the Orlando Sentinel.
Fort Lauderdale mayor 'troubled' by boat show's request for tourism tax money
The owner and producer of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show say they need nearly $1 million in tourism-development tax money for promotion, but Fort Lauderdale’s mayor says he won’t support the request unless the boat show opens its books and proves it needs the money. More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Westley Richards USA
You wouldn't know it by driving past the nondescript building, but the one and only U.S. retailer of one of the most historic specialty hunting gun and rifle manufacturers in the world is found in Gulf Breeze. Based out of Birmingham, England, Westley Richards is known for producing some of the highest quality firearms money can buy.
» More from the Pensacola News-Journal.
Out of the Box
Florida scientist makes case for upgrading Pluto to planet status again
A scientist at the University of Central Florida is making a case to put Pluto back in the big leagues. Planetary science professor Philip Metzger loves rocks--particularly the one that is 4.6 billion miles away from Earth.
» Read more from WFTV.
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