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December 15, 2018

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| 12/6/2018

Citizens Insurance offers to settle 6,500 Hurricane Irma lawsuits

State-run Citizens Property Insurance Corp. wants to expedite the settlement of about 6,500 open lawsuits related to Hurricane Irma. Citizens is offering to pay to have appraisers review the disputes and forge resolutions. And if those appraisers can’t agree, Citizens also will pay for umpires to make binding decisions. Normally, Citizens isn’t so generous when it comes to paying for dispute resolution. More from the Orlando Sentinel and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Florida Christmas trees support damaged timber industry

With Thanksgiving in the past people are now focusing on Christmas season and what better way than to pick out your Christmas tree from one of more than 100 Christmas tree farms in Florida. “About 16 thousand trees are purchased from Florida tree farms, and these trees are Hurricane Michael survivors,” said Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam. [Source: WGCU]

After Brightline deal, Virgin Group gets seaport terminal OK too

If all goes as planned, 2021 will prove huge for South Florida and British billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, as both a high-speed train extension connecting Miami to Orlando on Virgin Trains USA and construction of a new terminal housing Virgin Voyages vessels at PortMiami are expected to reach completion. [Source: Miami Today]

The next gold rush is the $22 billion CBD business -- and a Florida company is ready to win

Ready, set ... That pretty much describes the status of an entire industry--the makers of products containing cannabidiol, or CBD. The compound, added to everything from skin cream to ice cream, can be derived from hemp or marijuana and has been touted as a treatment for ailments ranging from anxiety to cancer. The catch: It's still in a legal gray area. [Source: Inc.]

If you plan to travel to Cuba, bring repellent: Deadly dengue virus has returned

If you’re planning to spend Christmas in Cuba, take plenty of insect repellent with you and stay away from areas where the mosquito Aedes Aegypti may be found. A deadly strand of the dengue virus, transmitted primarily by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, has returned and is worrying authorities. [Source: Miami Herald]

Tampa General Hospital: Creating world-class care for you

Tampa General Hospital and its partners are creating an innovative, patient-and-provider-centered system of care that will change the healthcare landscape on the west coast of Florida. The blueprint is in our new five-year strategic plan, which was created in a completely transparent way. [Sponsored report]

ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:

› Operation Santa Boat sails into the Florida Panhandle
Holiday cheer is being spread by the Emerald Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau in Northwest Florida with Operation Santa Boat. Operation Santa Boat is a philanthropic effort designed to brighten the season for residents in Bay and Gulf Counties who were impacted by Hurricane Michael.

› Democrats will visit Miami-Dade during Art Basel to assess 2020 convention bid
Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez is visiting Miami-Dade on Friday to evaluate the county’s bid to host the 2020 national convention, a trip timed to coincide with Art Basel.

› UF report: JEA is worth up to $7.5 billion
A new report from University of Florida researchers shows that Jacksonville’s electric and water utility is worth between $6.3 billion to $7.5 billion, though it stops short of saying whether selling the agency to a private operator is a good idea.

› SeaWorld Orlando joins Disney and Universal in giving workers a raise
SeaWorld, Aquatica and Discovery Cove employees in Orlando will be getting raises to $11 an hour next week as the wave of theme parks bumping up starting pay continues. For SeaWorld workers, the new rate takes effect Monday.

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