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From home improvement to home building, shortages causing major delays — and cancellations — for builders and contractors
Contractors, builders and manufacturers across Florida — and the country — are seeing prices for materials, particularly lumber, continually rising while simultaneously becoming scarce. That's led to a perfect storm of obstacles that, in turn, has led to high anxiety among builders and contractors. The fear? Continually rising prices and material and labor shortages will crater their industry, just as they are counting on an economic rebound. [Source: Business Observer]
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Mediation fails to settle cruise line lawsuit between Florida, CDC
Mediation has failed to settle the case between the state of Florida and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding the reopening of the cruise industry. Taryn Fenske, communications director for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, issued a statement Thursday, saying the state filed a response to the CDC’s request for more time to relitigate the case. It’s not known when District Court Judge Steven D. Merryday will announce the next step in the case. [Source: Click Orlando]
New Florida jobless claims continue to fall
New jobless claims in Florida continued to slow last week, as the state moves to scale back unemployment assistance for people out of work during the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday estimated Florida had 7,291 first-time unemployment claims filed during the week that ended May 29, down from a revised count of 9,882 the prior week. The department had initially estimated 8,864 claims were filed during the week that ended May 22. [Source: News Service of Florida]
DeSantis announces Burmese Python hunting contest in Everglades
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday the state’s annual contest for catching Burmese pythons in the Everglades. The contest will run from July 9 to 18 and will include prizes for profession python hunters and novices. In both categories, there will be a $2,500 prize for catching the most pythons and $1,500 for the longest. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]
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A major cryptocurrency exchange is joining the move-to-Miami moment. Blockchain.com, whose digital platform lets users buy, sell, and trade Bitcoin and other forms of digital payment, said it would be moving its U.S. headquarters from New York to the Magic City. In doing so, it said it hoped to create as many as 300 jobs over the next 18 months paying an average salary of $110,000.
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