October 24, 2020

Thursday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

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› Electric mopeds are now for rent in Miami
Meeting buddies for a bite in a Miami neighborhood such as Brickell or Wynwood? Tap an app on your mobile phone app to rent a Revel moped for your travels around Miami. You can even bring a friend. Electric scooters came speeding to Fort Lauderdale in 2018 and have become commonplace. The latest ride trend is the Revel electric moped, which look like a small motorcycle.

› Flood insurer expands coverage to Florida
Gulf Coast homeowners have a new option for flood insurance with the arrival of Chicago-based Kin Insurance, which recently expanded coverage to Florida and opened an office in St. Petersburg. Kin’s coverage, a press release states, is available via its Kin Interinsurance Network and can be tailored to fit homes in low-, moderate- and high-risk areas.

› Brevard County Commission rejects loosening rules designed to protect wetlands
County commissioners have decided against moving forward with proposed changes in wetlands protection regulations. Fifteen residents who addressed the County Commission during public comment on Tuesday said the proposals would be detrimental to the environment or would have other negative effects.

› South Beach Business Improvement District advances
A special district aimed at improving the safety and appeal of Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue is inching toward reality. At last week’s meeting, Miami Beach commissioners gave their preliminary approval to the proposed South Beach Business Improvement District (BID). If it clears all hurdles, it could result in a tax fund of over $2 million a year for the next 10 years to improve Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue.

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