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America’s flood insurance chief has a message for all Floridians: You’re at risk

The National Flood Insurance Program provides nearly three times the number of policies in Florida as any other state. But the number of Florida homes covered in high-risk areas has dropped by 15 percent over five years. More from the Miami Herald.

Cortez commercial fisher seeks constitutional change

Cortez commercial fisherman Mark Coarsey will take his passion and petition to oppose the gill net ban to a statewide audience March 13. Coarsey is fighting to revamp restrictions promulgated by state agencies he considers out of touch with the commercial fishing industry. More from the Anna Maria Islander.

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Donna Shalala enters race to replace Ros-Lehtinen

Former University of Miami President Donna Shalala is looking to make a big splash in her post-Canes career. Shalala plans to run for the House seat being vacated by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. See Shalala's filing with the Federal Election Commission, here. Also read more at the CBS Miami and the Tampa Bay Times.

When real estate developers run out of waterfront property

With vacant waterfront property in short supply throughout Miami-Dade County, real estate developers are increasingly targeting older, existing condo buildings and buying out the owners at premium prices. More from the Miami Herald.

Crowley Logistics opens new cold storage facility in Jacksonville

Crowley Logistics opened a CrowleyFresh cold storage facility within its West 30th Street distribution center in Jacksonville. It’s the second Florida facility for the company. The other is in Miami. More from the Jacksonville Daily Record.

Orlando Science Center, Orange County Public Library finalists for national award

 Orlando Science Center and the Orange County Library System are both finalists for the national medal from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, it was announced Monday. They are competing in separate categories for museums and libraries.

» More from the Orlando Sentinel.


Fast food trends
Orlando among first markets for McDonald's fresh beef burgers

florida originalsMcDonald’s is reversing course in Central Florida on the frozen patty that helped make it a fast food powerhouse, testing a fresh patty there to try to keep up with the myriad of better burger options. Orlando is one of eight markets getting the fresh burger patties after the idea was tested in Texas and Oklahoma last year.

» Read more from the Orlando Sentinel.