October 5, 2022

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What you need to know about Florida today

| 9/22/2022

Tropical system heading toward Caribbean is likely to become hurricane, with Florida in its long-term path

A tropical wave emerging in the Atlantic has a high chance of becoming a hurricane in the coming days, according to the National Weather Service Miami. In the next week, several long-term weather forecast models show the system turning north, passing over Cuba, and heading towards Florida and the Gulf of Mexico. “It looks like it’s going to end up being a major hurricane,” said Will Redman, a spokesperson for the National Weather Service Miami. Redman said the current path shows the storm’s center anywhere between the west coast of Florida and New Orleans, while the area facing the brunt of the hurricane’s force would likely be the Florida Panhandle. More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Florida Today.

Citizens insurance’s ‘roller coaster ride’ gets even wilder

Barry Gilway, president and CEO of Citizens Property Insurance Corp., said Wednesday the state-backed insurer has been a “roller coaster ride” for the past two decades. Right now, it is continuing to pick up speed. Citizens last week reached 1.055 million policies — more than double the number two years ago — as private insurers drop customers to try to curb financial losses. Meanwhile, the industry continues to grapple with underlying problems, including costs of critical reinsurance and large amounts of claims-related litigation. [Source: News Service of Florida]

More women registering to vote in Florida following Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade

As we close in on the midterm elections, it looks like more women are registering to vote. Political watchers think it might be a consequence of the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. The abortion issue has sparked demonstrations, but perhaps of greater consequence, it has more women registering to vote. In just the first month after that June 24 ruling, records show Florida added 87,000 people to its voter rolls — that’s a 22% increase over the same period last year. Of those, 49.6% are women and 46% are men. The rest didn’t specify. [Source: WTSP]

Florida has become the budget-friendly Amazon for anglers

There is a running joke that goes like this: If there’s a jungle fish you want to catch and it doesn’t live in Florida, just wait longer and it will. There’s some truth to this. There are bullseye snakeheads, a fish you’d have had to fly to Southeast Asia to catch before they invaded Florida. There are clown knifefish, native to Laos, Thailand, and Cambodia, popping up. Florida is the only place outside of Australia where you can catch barramundi, albeit at a pay lake, not in the wild. [Source: Outdoor Life]

NASA works through new leak for Artemis I tanking test ahead of potential launch next week

NASA began its tanking test of the Space Launch System core and upper stage Wednesday at Kennedy Space Center that could pave the way for the Artemis I launch to the moon next week, but a new leak in a fuel line yet again gave NASA headaches. The test at Launch Pad 39-B looks to make sure repairs to fuel lines made since a scrub on Sept. 3 can support the more than 730,000 gallons of cryogenic liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen that needs to flow into the core stage as well as the upper Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage of SLS. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]

ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:

› Black farmer chosen for Florida medical marijuana license
The owner of a Suwanee County farm is in line to be the state’s newest medical-marijuana operator, beating out 11 other applicants competing for a license earmarked for a Black farmer with ties to Florida. The state Department of Health on Tuesday announced it had issued a written notice of intent to approve a medical-marijuana license for Terry Donnell Gwinn, setting the stage for what could be protracted litigation over the sought-after opportunity to join the medical-pot industry.

› Hillsborough to consider regulating rabbit sales
A ban on retail sales of pet rabbits could be hopping into Hillsborough County. Hillsborough County commissioners agreed unanimously Wednesday with Commissioner Pat Kemp to obtain similar ordinances from other Florida locales “that we can use to regulate rabbit sales.” New rules could include banning the retail sale of rabbits unless the animals are sterilized and come from a shelter or rescue group.

› To raise money, Miami looks at billboards in downtown parks
The City of Miami boasts two large waterfront parks, attracting scores of tourists and residents to the shore of Biscayne Bay. This week the city commission is to consider allowing billboards in those parks. On the agenda for the commission’s meeting today (9/22) is the first reading of an ordinance that would allow outdoor advertising signs at Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd., and Maurice A. Ferré Park, 1075 Biscayne Blvd.

› Construction slowdown will worsen Orlando’s housing pain
As Orlando’s hot housing market begins to cool, construction of new homes and apartments has slowed, which is bad news for the critically short supply of housing. Nationally, single-family housing starts were down 10% in July from June, according to the Census Bureau. A survey from the National Association of HomeBuilders showed that more than half of U.S. builders believe market conditions for new construction are poor.

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