April 17, 2024

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| 3/17/2023

Insurers broke the law in limiting Hurricane Ian payouts, group alleges

The announcement comes after a story in the Washington Post alleged that insurers dramatically reduced adjuster estimates of Hurricane Ian damage in southwest Florida to justify much lower payout amounts to storm victims. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]

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Up Front: Beacons of hope

We’ve all experienced times when either our own children or the children of a family member, friend, business associate or acquaintance needed specialized care. Floridians are fortunate to have access to some of the best health care in the nation. Florida is home to four non-profit specialty licensed children’s hospitals, which provide exceptional and critical care to children throughout our state — and even around the world. [Source: Florida Trend]

South Florida companies attracted $5.8B in VC in 2022, a new record, eMerge Americas report shows

Last year, $5.8 billion flowed into South Florida companies across 426 deals, up from 2021’s $5.3 billion. In 2022, the Miami metro area ranked 7th in the nation. Florida also had a very good year with $8.1 billion logged across 703 deals. That was up from $7.1 billion in 2021. Florida’s results tied for No. 6 in the nation. [Source: Refresh Miami]

Black fraternities and sororities are feeling relief after major changes to a Florida higher ed bill

An important higher education reform bill has started moving in the Florida Senate, but with a major change: it no longer bans majors and minors in subjects like gender studies, intersectionality, and critical race theory. After concerns raised by Black Greek letter groups, lawmakers have also amended the bill to protect more student groups from similar bans, but the proposal is still under fire. [Source: WUSF]

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Here's how Sunshine Corridor may help fund current SunRail operations 

John McReynolds, senior vice president of external affairs at Universal Orlando Resort, said during a March 14 Seminole County Commission meeting that the proposed 17-mile rail corridor shared by Orlando commuter rail system SunRail and Miami-based intercity train Brightline likely would boost ridership and provide funds for the existing operation of SunRail.

› Plan to boost fund for people in Florida prisons rights past wrongs, advocates say
Prison advocates say the diversion of funds from the Inmate Welfare Trust Fund went on for far too long, harming incarcerated people.

› St. Augustine senator's bill tightens home defect lawsuits
A bill sponsored by a St. Augustine lawmaker would shorten the time for residents to file lawsuits about construction defects in their homes.

› Florida universities told to hand over more records, this time on union talks
Faculty leaders fear it will lead to restrictions on collective bargaining as the state targets higher education.

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