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Nearly 1M Florida residents may lose their health care starting April 1. Why?

Nearly 1 million people across Florida may start to lose health coverage next month as the COVID-era expansion of Medicaid runs out and state officials choose not to replace it, according to the state Agency for Health Care Administration. That's because Florida provided continuous Medicaid coverage to people with lower incomes during the public health emergency declared because of the coronavirus pandemic. During the emergency, the state did not unenroll anyone who no longer qualified for the program. More from the Florida Times-Union.

South Florida’s housing market bucks U.S. trend. Economic uncertainty looms, though

While the U.S. housing market in February faltered, snapping a streak of almost 11 years of monthly price jumps, it’s a much different story in South Florida where the housing sector keeps getting pricier as overall sales dwindle. In fact, median sales prices of single-family homes increased from a year ago and last month, according to the housing report released Tuesday by the Miami Association of Realtors. More from the Miami Herald.

What to know about Relativity's third attempt at launching the first 3D-printed rocket

Relativity Space is still targeting this week for the third attempt at launching the world's first 3D-printed rocket after earlier shots were scrubbed due to weather, range, and technical issues at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. If everything goes according to plan, the 110-foot Terran 1 rocket is slated to fly Wednesday, March 22, during a three-hour window that opens at 10 p.m. EDT. The Cape's Launch Complex 16 will host. More from Florida Today.

Jacksonville-area hotel revenue at an all-time high for February

Room revenue at Duval County hotels reached an all-time February high of $46.3 million, 15% above 2022 and about $8 million more than February 2019. Properties also reported more rooms sold than in the past few years, including pre-COVID demand in February 2019, according to data from the analytics firm STR released March 21 by Visit Jacksonville. More from the Jacksonville Daily Record.

Tampa airport could get new air traffic control tower through funds in Biden’s budget

The “deteriorating” Federal Aviation Administration air traffic control tower at Tampa International Airport might soon be replaced, Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, announced Monday. Federal money could be set aside to replace the 50-year-old control tower in Tampa from President Joe Biden’s 2024 fiscal budget. The budget proposes $662 million to replace seven FAA towers — including Tampa’s — but didn’t specify how much each project would get. More from the Tampa Bay Times.

Event
41st Palm Beach International Boat Show offers nostalgic Honey Fitz, up to 10 superyachts

To heck with the financial torpedoes that are inflation and banks with underwater investments, it will be full speed ahead on Thursday as the 41st Palm Beach International Boat Show opens with a complement of more than 800 boats, 600 vendors and 55,000 anticipated visitors. The show will offer a trip down memory lane with an appearance by the refurbished yacht Honey Fitz, which served five U.S. presidents including John F. Kennedy. Also on display: an array of superyachts that exceed 200 feet in length.

» More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

 

Out of the Box
How much do you love Miami? Your ode to the city could be on a downtown billboard

You don’t have to be Shakespeare for your poem to be read by millions. All you need is a downtown Miami billboard. O, Miami, the nonprofit that organizes poetry programs, launched a new [Your Poem Here] poetry contest in partnership with WLRN Public Media this week ahead of this year’s O, Miami poetry festival in April, which is National Poetry Month. The winning Miami-inspired poem will be displayed on a billboard just across the street from the Miami Heat arena downtown.

» Read more from the Miami Herald.

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