September 27, 2022

Friday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 6/24/2022

› Pasco takes one step closer to banning retail sale of rabbits
The fluffy, long-eared icons of Easter are often victims of their own cuteness. For months now animal advocates have been working on Pasco County leaders to recognize that rabbits bought as pets more often than not are discarded, abandoned and mistreated. But this week Pasco County commissioners voted to add one layer of assistance that might begin to turn that around.

› Only 8% of households can afford a single-family home in Broward County
Only about 8% of households in Broward County can afford a single-family home at the median sale price, according to a new study. Based on spending the recommended 30% of income on housing, a home at the median sale price for Broward County, around $545,000, is far out of reach for almost all residents in South Florida, according to a preliminary assessment from researchers at Florida International University. Experts involved are concerned about the effects on the regions economy, particularly for workers in the hospitality and service sectors.

› Company ordered to pay in COVID-19 clinic case
A Leon County circuit judge this week ordered a company to pay more than $3.9 million in damages after the state Division of Emergency Management said the firm did not provide a mobile-health clinic for use during the COVID-19 pandemic. Judge John Cooper on Tuesday issued what is known as a default judgment against Verity International, Ltd., for $3.917 million and also ordered it to pay $314,000 in interest.

› JaxPort completes improvements at Blount Island
The Jacksonville Port Authority announced June 23 completion of the final phase of $100 million in infrastructure improvements at the SSA Jacksonville Container Terminal at Blount Island. The last stage of the project, the rehabilitation of 700 linear feet of deepwater berthing space, was completed at the end of June in coordination with the Jacksonville Harbor Deepening Project completed in May.

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