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Medical marijuana: Just 89 doctors certify 94,850 Florida patients

As the number of Floridians allowed to use medical marijuana continues to grow, new numbers show that a relative handful of doctors have been responsible for a majority of the patients approved for pot. Florida had 168,810 patient “certifications” for medical marijuana between Oct. 1 and March 31, and more than half of them came from 89 doctors, according to a new draft state report on medical marijuana. More from the Orlando Sentinel and WGCU.

South Floridians’ kinship with the Bahamas prompts outpouring of support

Relieved South Floridians have turned to their close neighbors in the Bahamas with an outpouring of support since Hurricane Dorian made landfall there Sunday. Now Bahamians living in South Florida, boaters, businesses and community groups are collecting supplies and planning relief operations by air and by sea. But their efforts are also being met with caution out of fear the well-intended could hamper the rescue efforts already underway. Many ports and airports on the islands remain closed, and fuel is scarce. More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Estimated cost of Florida assault weapons registry: $4 million

A panel of state economists on Tuesday estimated it would cost $4 million to build a registry to carry out a proposed constitutional amendment that targets possession of assault weapons, if Floridians approve the measure in November 2020. The ballot proposal, backed by the political committee Ban Assault Weapons NOW, would prohibit possession of assault weapons but would provide an exception for people who own the guns at the time the measure takes effect. More from the Tampa Bay Times.

Florida boasts five of the top ten retirement cities

With only 23 percent of Americans reporting that they are “very confident” they will have enough money for retirement, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on 2019’s Best & Worst Places to Retire. To help Americans plan for a comfortable retirement without breaking the bank, WalletHub compared more than 180 U.S. cities across 46 key measures of affordability, quality of life, health care and availability of recreational activities. More from Florida Trend.

Miami-Dade could double workforce, affordable housing

Miami-Dade is poised for a funding infusion that could more than double the county’s existing affordable and workforce housing over the next two decades through the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program. More from Miami Today.

‘Hamilton’ returning to Tampa’s Straz Center for 2020-21 season

 There are musicals. There are hit musicals. And then there is Hamilton. “I’ve been doing this for 40 years. There’s never been a show like Hamilton,” said Judy Lisi, president and CEO of the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, which brought Hamilton to Tampa in February. “As an event, it just went ballistic. I’ve never seen a show do that." She might be about to see it again.

» More from the Tampa Bay Times.


Business Profile

floridaTech firm Washlava has secured more than $5 million in non-dilutive growth financing. Founded in 2015 by Todd Belveal, the Tampa-based startup specializes in a mobile platform designed to improve the self-service laundry experience. Its patented service allows laundromat customers to reserve and pay for laundry machines using their smartphones.

» Read more from the Business Observer.

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What Florida’s broken unemployment system means for its workers
What Florida’s broken unemployment system means for its workers

Florida has drawn national attention for having one of the least supportive unemployment systems in the country. It has been one of the slowest states to pay claims, with some waiting since March, before the official safer-at-home order went into effect April 3.

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