September 28, 2020

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| 9/9/2020

The housing market is booming in South Florida

South Florida’s housing market is booming through the COVID-19 pandemic as homebuyers flock from cities in the north with a new ability to do their jobs remotely from anywhere. While it’s sellers who have the advantage right now — demand is high but supply is limited — there are opportunities for buyers to benefit, as well and local real estate agents are weighing in on how to best take advantage. More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

6 Florida constitutional amendments to be on ballot in November

Voters will be asked to approve or reject six state constitutional amendments during the Nov. 3 General Election. Four of the amendments, numbers 1-4, are citizen initiatives and two, numbers 5 and 6, were referred by the Florida Legislature. This year, a citizen initiative required a total of 766,200 signatures collected from at least 14 of the 27 congressional districts on a petition to be considered. Additionally, the four citizen initiatives are subject to a financial impact review. More from the Citrus County Chronicle and Click Orlando.

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Sarasota city leaders want review of botched sewer project

For nearly two decades, the city of Sarasota has been immersed in an ongoing sewage control saga that involved massive pollution, a shakeup at City Hall, litigation, rising utilities costs and outraged residents. But now, as construction of the long-delayed, over-budget Lift Station 87 project nears an end, city leaders want answers to how things went so wrong. More from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Series of snags adds four months to Miami-Dade courthouse construction

More than half a year after breaking ground, the builders of the new civic courthouse in downtown Miami have hit several snags that have added at least four months to the project’s timeline. A July report from Plenary Justice Miami, the development team behind the courthouse project, notes several setbacks that have pushed back the building’s opening from January 2024 to May 2024. More from Miami Today.

Amid bars and market, St. Pete Pier schools guests on Tampa Bay ecosystem

Midway down the new St. Pete Pier sits the Tampa Bay Watch Discovery Center, a classroom-museum-aquarium mashup dedicated to the local environment. The Discovery Center offers a highly visible outpost for the nonprofit, headquartered on Tierra Verde and best known for its work planting sea grasses and other restoration projects around Tampa Bay. More from the Tampa Bay Times.

Entertainment
Surfside Playhouse reopens with interactive murder mystery

 After a long hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Surfside Playhouse returns with a winner, one of their trademark murder mysteries. “The Pirate’s Eye,” which had been in the works pre-pandemic, opens Friday and runs through Sept. 20. “Surfside has developed a well-known reputation for presenting murder mystery comedies,” said artistic director Bryan Bergeron.

» More from Florida Today.

 

Transportation
Off the road since March, Miami-Dade’s scooter business awaits a COVID reprieve

floridaIn a Little Haiti warehouse, a good chunk of Miami’s once bustling scooter fleet sits in the dark, its pink wheels collecting dust. Diego Perelmuter ’s job is to tend to the hundreds of scooters Lyft dumped here on March 18, when Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez used emergency powers to order a halt to all bike and scooter rentals as a way to slow the spread of COVID-19.

» Read more from the Miami Herald.

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