June 16, 2019

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Florida military bases could lose up to $177 million to border wall

President Donald Trump will pay for his much coveted wall at the southern border in part by taking $3.6 billion from military projects across the country and the world. The decision means Florida bases could lose up to $177 million for planned construction, more than all but eight other states, according to a list of eligible projects compiled by the House Appropriations Committee. More from the Tampa Bay Times.

How much will tourists pay if Volusia adopts half-cent sales tax hike?

If the measure is approved, it would generate $42 million a year for road and water fixes. And while a local economist said a good chunk of that revenue would come from tourists, it may not be as much as the 40 percent share he cited in a 2002 study — a number that’s been referenced recently by city and county leaders. More from the Daytona Beach News Journal.

A high-rise building boom put Coral Gables on steroids. Will it remain the City Beautiful?

Enthusiastic backers of a new wave of high-rise, mixed-use development, including city leaders, say it’s re-invigorating the city, turning its once-stodgy downtown into a lively urban neighborhood. But some residents fear that what’s made the Gables special could be obliterated in a rush to build big. More from the Miami Herald.

With Common Core set to go, Florida opens survey on new math, language arts standards

With Gov. Ron DeSantis determined to rid Florida’s public schools of Common Core, his administration’s next task is to figure out what language arts and math standards should replace them. To that end, the Florida Department of Education has opened a survey, seeking input on what educators, parents and others might not like about the Common Core standards and what they think should be adopted in their place. More from the Orlando Sentinel.

As St. Augustine’s reputation as a fishing destination grows, so does business

Fishing may be giving St. Augustine’s reputation as a destination for historic tourism a run for its money. Those in the industry speculate there may be a couple of reasons for the town’s recently elevated profile as an angler’s retreat: the Red Tide plaguing the waters of southern Florida and the Gulf is sending fishers north, and St. Augustine is being discovered as a kind of hidden gem with both the Intracoastal Waterway and its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean’s Gulf Stream helping buoy its appeal. More from the St. Augustine Record.

Out of the Box
Floating home lets you ride out sea-level rise in style

 When you’re kicking back in your new $5.9 million, solar-powered floating home, you won’t mind how high the sea level rises — because you’ll rise right with it. This 75-foot-long creation by Arkup LLC is entirely self-sustaining, the company says.

» More from Arkup and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.


Florida 500
Alex Martins

floridaAlex Martins, CEO of the Orlando Magic, says that sports “brings people from all walks of life together.”

» Read more from Florida 500.

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Mounted Patrol Horse
Mounted Patrol Horse

On Wednesday, Mounted Patrol deputies in Sarasota bid farewell to LEO, a 15-year-old Hanoverian bay gelding who was donated to the agency in 2016. LEO is retiring due to the onset of Shivers, a neuromuscular disorder which makes him unable to continue working in law enforcement. He will live with other retired police horses at Mill Creek Farm, an equine sanctuary in Alachua, Florida.

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