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| 4/19/2024

Floridians are quitting their jobs more than almost anywhere else in the country

Tens of thousands of Floridians quit their jobs in February, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in what was one of the highest rates of quits in the nation. The number of people who quit their jobs rose by 35,000 for the month, the data showed. The quit rate amounted to about a 0.4 percent jump, BLS revealed. Other states that saw substantial levels of employees leaving their jobs included Missouri, with a 25,000 jump for February, along with Nevada, which lost 10,000 workers. More from Newsweek and Florida Insider.

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Study finds 1 in 3 Floridians who get dropped by their homeowners insurance company are choosing to move

One in three Floridians who get dropped by their homeowner’s insurance company have moved or plan to move somewhere else. It’s new data that was just released by the real estate brokerage firm Redfin, but according to Florida’s Chief Financial Officer, there are ways struggling families can save money. [Source: News 4 Jax]

Upcoming Florida rains to amplify breeding of invasive Cuban tree frogs

The invasive, and elusive, Cuban tree frog has spread throughout Florida, requiring only a puddle of water to breed. With spring rain on the horizon, Dr. Steve Johnson, a professor of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida, said seasonal reproduction rates are about to skyrocket. The invasive frogs have been in Florida since the early 1900s, likely arriving via ships from their native Cuba. [Source: WUFT]

Poll shows Florida abortion, marijuana referendums short of passage; bigger challenge for pot question

The two high-profile referendums on the 2024 Florida ballot — on abortion rights and recreational marijuana — are polling short of what they need to pass. A statewide public opinion poll released Thursday by Florida Atlantic University found less than 50% support for each. Passage requires 60% of the vote. More from the Orlando Sentinel and Florida Politics.


› Fort Lauderdale is maxing out on cemetery space. Could closed Broward schools be the fix?
Fort Lauderdale is running out of cemetery space. One potential solution? Turning shuttered Broward County schools into more burial space. During a city commission conference Tuesday, Mike Watson, the District 1 representative for the city’s Cemetery System Board of Trustees, urged commissioners to consider it as an option, saying city-owned cemeteries are almost full and more space is needed.

› GRU Authority makes controversial change to solar net metering system
The Gainesville Regional Utilities Authority board voted Wednesday evening to change the utility's net metering system, a move which will result in reduced savings for customers generating solar energy at their homes. Moving forward, grid-provided energy will be billed at retail rates and those who generate excess solar energy will be credited at the current fuel adjustment rate.

› Recent protests over USF’s financial ties harken to a 1980s controversy
The controversy began in March with protests and a hunger strike by a group of students also pushing for divestment from Israel, but USF’s board of trustees refused their demands. It’s not the first time the university has found itself in a debate over divestment. In 1987, after a two-year campaign by students and faculty, USF divested from some companies supporting South Africa and its system of racial segregation known as apartheid. The circumstances are different.

› West Palm Beach to spend up to $300,000 studying women and minority business assistance
The West Palm Beach City Commission voted unanimously to spend up to $300,000 on a study that will show if there is an ongoing need for the city's women- and minority-owned business assistance program. The current program was established in 2019 after a four-year study of city contracts showed that firms owned by women and minorities were not getting a fair share of that contract work.

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