March 24, 2023

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Florida lawmakers want to help insurance companies by limiting lawsuits

Floridians are paying the highest auto and homeowners insurance premiums in the nation — and those rates continue to rise. Saying they want to drive down costs, Tallahassee lawmakers are working to limit policyholders’ abilities to sue their insurance companies. After years of legislation limiting lawsuits against property insurance companies, Gov. Ron DeSantis and Republican leaders are preparing to spread those limits to other lines of insurance, such as automobile, life, liability and health. More from the Tampa Bay Timesand the Miami Herald.

Brevard County ranks as one of top corporate relocation market

Brevard County is one of the nation's best markets for companies to move to in the current "post-pandemic" economic market, according to a corporate relocation consulting firm. And the Space Coast, is likely to see some high-profile announcements about companies relocating here in the coming months, the firm predicts. Florida's low taxes and agreeable climate led to eight Sunshine State areas making the list. More from Florida Today.

Pat Schroeder, a pioneering female member of Congress, dies in Celebration. She was 82.

Pat Schroeder, a pioneer for women’s and family rights in Congress, presidential candidate and longtime Central Florida resident, died Monday. She was 82. Schroeder took on the powerful elite with her rapier wit and antics for 24 years, shaking up stodgy government institutions by forcing them to acknowledge that women had a role in government. Her unorthodox methods cost her important committee posts, but Schroeder said she wasn’t willing to join what she called ``the good old boys’ club″ just to score political points. More from Politico and the Orlando Sentinel.

In Pinellas, industrial land preservation could yield to more mixed use

Pinellas County was already running out of space 15 years ago when county officials decided they ought to preserve whatever industrial land they could. If it got built over with homes or retail, the logic went, there would be no more room to attract potential high-wage employers. So they put strict limits on what could get built on 13,000 acres across the county, including including in the mid-county Gateway area and Lealman and St. Petersburg’s Warehouse Arts district. More from the Tampa Bay Times.

Delray Beach accused of preying on Highland Beach in fire-rescue battle. Audit is ordered.

A state committee has ordered an audit into Delray Beach’s finances after local legislators accused the city of overcharging neighboring Highland Beach for fire-rescue services and then withholding key information. The Joint Legislative Audit Committee’s decision Monday for a state Auditor General review came one day before municipal elections, leading to allegations that politics may be a factor. More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Tampa mom Kat Stickler opened up on TikTok. 9.9 million people followed.

If you’ve spent a minute tapping through TikTok, chances are you’ve seen a Kat Stickler video. Maybe it was one of her comedic bits where she acts like her Hispanic mother. Perhaps you saw her spending a day at the beach with her 3-year-old, MK, or hanging out at a Tampa Bay Lightning game. Stickler is a longtime Tampa resident who attended Plant High School before graduating from the University of Florida in 2017. It’s also possible you saw something a lot more personal.

» More from the Tampa Bay Times.


Arts Business
Tentacles and polka dots: Immerse yourself in this iconic artist’s ‘infinity room’

The Pérez Art Museum Miami’s latest installation doesn’t look like much at first. It’s a large white box sitting inside a gallery with a line of people waiting outside, each holding a special ticket. But once the box’s door opens, you feel as though you’re about to be hurled into outer space, dodging rainbow polka dot alien tentacles.

» Read more from the Miami Herald.

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