April 20, 2024

Thursday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 11/30/2023

› UF research developing off-season blueberries
A newly published study by the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is hoping to bring the Sunshine State’s blueberry supply to the fall season. This comes as good news for consumers and growers, who would be able to expand their market window by several months.

› If you're buying your first home in this Florida county, you can receive up to $100,000
If you're looking to buy your first home, Palm Beach County wants to help by offering an incentive of up to $100,000. The Palm Beach County Department of Housing and Economic Development announced a new program to help eligible applicants buy their first home as part of the State Housing Initiatives Partnership Purchase Assistance Program.

› Startling reversal brings 50% Metrobus gains
Metrobus, which had been bleeding passengers for more than a decade, saw ridership soar a full 50% in the year ended Sept. 30 as total county mass transit use gained 39%, new figures from Miami-Dade’s Department of Transportation and Public Works show. At least four factors played roles in the startling reversal of Metrobus from passenger flight to a passenger magnet.

› Plaintiffs try to keep Florida felon-voting lawsuit alive
Arguing that state and local officials have created a “broken and arbitrary system,” plaintiffs are trying to fend off an attempt to end a lawsuit that challenges the way a 2018 constitutional amendment aimed at restoring felons’ voting rights has been carried out. Attorneys for the Orlando-based Florida Rights Restoration Coalition and four individual plaintiffs last week filed a document opposing a request by Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration, county clerks of court and elections supervisors to dismiss the lawsuit.

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