April 20, 2024

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| 12/4/2023

› In a first, a Tesla shipped from Florida will be driving through the streets of Havana
Elon Musk’s most iconic product has finally made it to Havana. A Tesla electric car, the first exported directly from the United States, will be driving through streets in the Cuban capital after an American company recently sold it to a couple with residences in the U.S. and Cuba. The Tesla, a 2021 Model Y with a $38,850 price tag, is already in Cuba, according to John Felder, the head of Premier Automotive Export Ltd., a company based in Maryland with offices in Miami that sold the vehicle.

› Indictment details $4 million construction fraud at Bay Pines VA cancer center
A grand jury returned an indictment this fall accusing four men of perpetrating a fraud scheme that compromised construction of a cancer treatment facility at the Bay Pines Veterans Affairs Medical Center in St. Petersburg. The fraud, prosecutors say, ripped off taxpayers of more than $4 million. The alleged scheme took advantage of a federal law designed to give preference to businesses owned by disabled veterans in the awarding of government contracts.

› Glitzy lights have gone dark at landmark garage on Fort Lauderdale beach. Will city spend millions to fix?
This is no plain-Jane, square-box, gray-faced garage at the beach. No sir, Fort Lauderdale’s Las Olas Garage has that “wow” factor others don’t: Decorative pulsating lights that can simulate everything from ocean waves to holiday fireworks. But the lights that give the glitzy garage its landmark status have gone dark.

› GRU reduces electric, natural gas rates in December. See how much.
Gainesville Regional Utilities reduced its electric fuel charges Dec. 1, the fourth time this year residents have seen a decrease in their utility bills. The change, which is based on lower current and projected natural gas prices, is expected to save residential electric customers — who use 1,000 kWh — about $5 a month, according to a news release. The utility is also dropping its gas charges, saving a natural gas customer who uses 25 therms about 75 cents a month.

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