Monday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
Michael forecast to strike Panhandle as a midweek hurricane
A tropical storm that formed rapidly off Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula has gained strength and could become a dangerous Category 2 hurricane with an expected midweek strike on the Gulf Coast over the Florida Panhandle, forecasters say. More from, CBS News, the Tallahassee Democrat, the Tampa Bay Times, and the Miami Herald.
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2018 Florida Elections: Blue surge or red surprise?
A number of competitive seats statewide could set the tone nationally. There's no sharper contrast on the ballot this year than the race for governor, where the Republican, U.S. Rep. Ron De- Santis, is a hard-line conservative and Donald Trump devotee, and the Democrat, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, is an aggressive liberal and a favorite of the Bernie Sanders crowd. Full story here.
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State political candidates owe millions in student loan debt
Candidates for state office in Florida owe millions of dollars in student loans, a reflection of a soaring student loan debt crisis affecting young people across the country. State candidates owe an eye-popping $3,826,920 in student loan debt, based on a review of all the candidates’ financial disclosure forms. More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
State receives influx of cash for child care
Low-income families across the state will have greater access to child care, thanks to $60 million in new federal funding that the state’s Office of Early Learning is distributing largely based on how many children are waiting for services in each county. [Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune]
State offers rebates for advanced septic systems
Efforts to clean up polluted springs in Florida now include a state rebate for homeowners opting to replace their septic systems with models that perform better. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is offering as much as $10,000 to offset the cost of installing septic-tank systems that significantly reduce the amount of nitrogen pollution they discharge. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]
FSU successfully 'Raises the Torch' for the future
Eight years ago, Florida State University embarked on the most ambitious fundraising effort in its history. Raise the Torch: The Campaign for Florida State was launched to attract $1 billion in philanthropic support to implement bold ideas that would continue to distinguish Florida State as a preeminent university and positively affect the future for students, faculty and alumni. Full story here. [Sponsored report]
ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:
› Business owners near the beach glad to see customers return
For the first time in months red tide has eased up on the South Florida coastline, and that is good news for business owners and beachgoers. The latest red tide map shows concentration are lower in southern Lee and Collier Counties.
› Puerto Rican evacuees in Central Florida seek stability
For perhaps all but the wealthiest and best-connected of the displaced Puerto Ricans, starting over has been a struggle. There is unfamiliar bureaucracy, school transfers, job and career reboots, and a jarring shift from a culture that was vibrant and embracing to one that, at times, feels cold and resentful.
› How to live with coyotes? That's the challenge for Southwest Florida
It’s fall, which means coyote yearlings are on the move, seeking their own territory. That’s a mixed blessing at best. Some research suggests these creatures help control the rats and mice we'd rather not have in our homes and yards. But although humans have little to fear for their own safety, there are other risks.
› Explosive growth of St. Johns County hasn’t affected Putnam yet, but leaders say it’s coming
A couple generations ago, St. Johns and Putnam counties were similar in size and not too different in prosperity — with the exception of the upscale Ponte Vedra Beach section of St. Johns County. In 1980, both counties had about 50,000 residents. The difference between the two places is that St. Johns County was poised for explosive growth. Putnam County? Not so much.
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