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Florida's Constitution Revision Commission presents first proposed amendments

After touring the state for months, the Constitution Revision Commission announced its first eight sponsored amendments. The proposals can come from one of two places. First, there are amendments directly proposed by the public that are then sponsored by a member of the commission More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, WTXL, and the Lakeland Ledger.

» Members of the public have until Friday, Oct. 6 to file proposals. To submit a proposal, visit flcrc.gov/Proposals/Submit. To view the proposals already submitted, visit flcrc.gov/Proposals/Public.

Contractors accused of delaying debris pickup after Irma

Some South Florida debris-removal companies have been served. Attorney General Pam Bondi served the subpoenas as part of an investigation into allegations the contractors are not living up to their end of the deal. See the news release from AG Bondi, here. Also read more at CBS Miami and WPLG.

Fort Myers architecture firm expands to Miami

Architecture firm Artefact Studio opened an office in the Brickell financial district of Miami. Managing Principal Fabian Behague formed Artefact in 2013 in Fort Myers. More in the news release from Artefact.

Thousands of Caribbean hurricane evacuees arrive at Port Everglades

Thousands of evacuees from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands arrived Tuesday morning at Port Everglades aboard Royal Caribbean International’s Adventure of the Seas cruise ship. More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Panhandle officials look to leverage economic growth

Business leaders, elected officials and others from counties throughout the region offered their insights on the subject at the 21st annual Gulf Power Economic Symposium at the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort. More from the Panama City News Herald.

Florida Trend Exclusive
Paddy stakes

florida The Everglades farming area, long synonymous with sugar cane and winter vegetables, has seen a rise in planting in an obscure niche: Rice. Paddies in the Everglades Agricultural Area this year produced a record crop of 120 million pounds, a 33% increase from 2016.

» Full story from Florida Trend, here.

Out of the Box
26,000 mosquitoes, 16 hours

florida originalsA single mosquito trap in Florida caught more than 26,000 of the bugs in just 16 hours following Hurricane Irma. That’s 52 times more mosquitoes than what is usually expected this time of year.

» Read more from the Miami Herald.