May 8, 2021

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Why is Florida among least affordable housing market? Hint: Income.

Among that nation's least affordable housing markets? Florida, which ranked No.7 on the list. The median home price in the Sunshine State has risen 99.3% since 2012, the report showed, with the average home in Florida now costing $137,000 more than it did in 2012. Some areas, like Palm Beach County, have seen even greater increases in housing prices, rising 24% in the past year alone. More from the Palm Beach Post.

Trust Index: Could Central Florida reach herd immunity by fall?

One of Central Florida’s largest venues is planning to re-open at full capacity in fall, but will the state or Central Florida have reached herd immunity with COVID-19 by then? Herd immunity is defined as when enough people have either had the disease or been vaccinated against it, reducing the chance of the virus spreading. When Billie Eilish hit the stage of Orlando’s Amway Center in March of 2020 it was the last time the 18,000-seat venue was at full capacity, but it could happen again this fall. More from WKMG.

Despite 'missing' students, Florida education advocates say the need for school funding is greater than ever

Nearly 90,000 public school students are “missing” in Florida as enrollment estimates have dropped amid the COVID-19 pandemic. A mid-school-year estimate by state economists projects that 87,811 fewer students have enrolled in public schools than were predicted to sign-up for the 2020-2021 academic year. As the search is on to find out where those students are, school advocates on the First Coast are also pushing the state to reconsider how it funds districts. More from the First Coast News.

Jackson Health administers COVID vaccinations to college students 

Speaking with reporters on Thursday, Jackson Health System CEO Carlos Migoya conveyed the importance of ensuring that everyone who can receive their shot at protection is able to do so. “These shots are the best protection we have against COVID-19,” he said. Jackson Health has taken steps to give college students an opportunity to be vaccinated More from WSVN.

Want to get to a yes? Say no first, says one banking executive

For David Druey, sometimes the best answer he can give a client is “a quick no.” Over his more than two decades with Centennial Bank, including the last several as the bank’s Florida regional president, he’s learned a fast response can help everyone move on to the next thing. “Everybody’s busy; everyone has lots of things to do,” he says. “A quick no is probably more appreciated than anything.” More from the Business Observer.

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‘A labor of love’: These black-owned skin care businesses originated in Florida

 As a gardener and plant enthusiast who grew up in Ocala with a father who planted vegetables, Keta Browning is no stranger to natural ingredients. To treat her sensitive skin, she would turn to natural ingredients as a way of looking to nature to see what it could provide for her before seeing a doctor. Browning had experience creating some concoctions, but she got serious about her passion for skin care a few years after college when she was helping local businesses create websites and maintain their social media accounts.

» Read more from WUFT.

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Domino Park, symbol of Little Havana, reopens after COVID closure
Domino Park, symbol of Little Havana, reopens after COVID closure

The sound of laughter and clacking dominoes returned to Little Havana's popular Domino Park on May 3, 2021, as it reopened after being closed for more than a year due to COVID-19.

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