October 3, 2023

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Florida joins federal lawsuit fighting the national flood insurance revamp

Florida has joined nine other states in a federal lawsuit challenging an overhaul of the National Flood Insurance Program, arguing the new system is flawed and will drive up premiums for many property owners. The lawsuit, led by Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, was filed Thursday in the federal Eastern District of Louisiana against defendants including the Federal Emergency Management Agency. It came after the program changes, which were phased in starting in 2021, became fully effective April 1. More from the News Service of Florida.

Which Northeast Florida city was ranked as a top location for corporate headquarters?

A study has listed Ponte Vedra as one of the best spots for corporate headquarters post-pandemic. The Boyd Co., a corporate site selection consultant based in Princeton, New Jersey, conducted the national study. The results reflect a growing landscape of remote work as well as moves away from more traditional hubs for head offices, like Chicago, New York City or Silicon Valley. More from the Florida Times-Union.

U.S. sending millions of dollars to upgrade safety of Broward rail crossings

The busy Florida East Coast Railway line that carries Brightline and freight trains through Broward County will soon be the object of nearly $16 million in safety upgrades at rail crossings in six cities, the Federal Railroad Administration announced Monday. The money is part of President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law in what the government calls a “first-ever dedicated grant program” to help communities eliminate rail crossing-roadway intersections that have been the scenes of deadly vehicle-rail collisions. More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

FAMU students are suing Florida government over funding gaps

A Florida judge, for now, is allowing a class-action lawsuit to go forward that accuses the state of discriminating against a historically Black university while prioritizing its largest public university, which is predominantly white. Judge Robert L. Hinkle of the Northern District of Florida heard oral arguments Thursday in the first court test for a class-action lawsuit filed in September. He dismissed the state’s request to dismiss the suit, but did ask for revisions. More from NBC News.

SunRail: Has it solved Central Florida’s commute issue?

Nearly 10 years after it launched, thousands of Central Florida residents are turning to commuter rail to beat traffic gridlock on the roadways. There are 30 commuter rail systems in the United States, and in 2022, 266 million passengers used the service. SunRail travels 49 miles on a north-south route through Central Florida with 16 stations along the way. According to the latest numbers, an average of 4,000 people use the train each day, which removes 3,200 vehicles from the roads. More from Click Orlando.

Sports Business
Baseball wage bill teed up

A bill that would exempt minor-league baseball players from the state’s voter-approved minimum wage was delivered Monday to Gov. Ron DeSantis. The proposal (SB 892) would incorporate into the state minimum-wage law a carve-out for minor-league baseball players that is in the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

» More from the News Service of Florida.


Florida Dining
Florida’s only 2-star Michelin restaurant is in Miami. What to know before you go  

You might think that dining at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, the only two-star Michelin restaurant in Florida, would be an intimidating experience, full of opportunities to appear foolish and reveal yourself to be the rube that you secretly fear you are. But the experience of dining there turns out to be far less intimidating than you might expect, and you’ll remember the beauty and delicacy of what you ate for a long time.

» Read more from the Miami Herald.

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