October 26, 2020

Tuesday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 1/21/2020

› As Daytona-area luxury apartments increase, can income keep pace?
A huge wave of luxury apartments is about to wash over Volusia County, with nearly 4,000 units currently under construction or about to break ground this year. Developers of these “class A” apartments tout a dizzying array of resort-style amenities: Clubhouses. Swimming pools. Fitness centers. Game rooms. Entertainment rooms. But luxury doesn’t come cheap.

› Two conservative groups slam Florida Republicans’ Amendment 4 bill
Two conservative think tanks came out against Florida Republicans’ bill curbing Amendment 4, arguing that felons should not be stopped from voting just because they can’t afford to pay back court-ordered fees, fines and restitution.

› Mistake leads to huge water bills in Florida city
A mistake by Miami-Dade County utility officials has led to sky-high water bills this month for many property owners in the South Florida city of Opa-locka. The Miami Herald reports that some residents have had their water shut off because owners haven’t paid the bills. At one 112-unit apartment complex, monthly water bills went from around $2,000 combined in November and December to $135,000 between two buildings in January.

› JEA: CEO Aaron Zahn talked about hiring Mayor Curry adviser as consultant for utility sales talks
JEA CEO Aaron Zahn wanted to hire Tim Baker, one of Mayor Lenny Curry’s top political strategists, to help with the city-owned utility’s now-canceled efforts to sell itself to a private operator, according to a statement released Friday by a JEA administrator. That interest came about a year after Baker attended meetings between at least two City Council members and a Florida Power & Light lobbyist.

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