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Florida citrus forecast improves over last year when hurricanes hit state

Still recovering from Hurricane Ian, Florida’s citrus industry is expected to see an increase in production after last year’s storm-damaged crop. But an initial forecast for the 2023-2024 growing season, released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, projected that orange production will be half of what it was two seasons ago. In addition to recovering from Ian, the industry continues to face pressures ranging from development to a decades-long battle against citrus greening disease. More from WGCU and the AP.

Hurricane center ups odds for Caribbean-bound system while Tropical Storm Sean churns

The National Hurricane Center increased the chances a system bound for the Caribbean will form into the season’s next tropical depression or storm while Tropical Storm Sean continues to swirl in the Atlantic. The developing system is a broad area of low pressure in the eastern tropical Atlantic several hundred miles south-southwest of the Cape Verde Islands producing limited and disorganized shower and thunderstorm activity. More from the Orlando Sentinel.

US Supreme Court puts hold on ruling that allows Seminoles to offer sports betting in Florida

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday at least temporarily halted an appeals-court ruling that would allow the Seminole Tribe of Florida to offer sports betting throughout the state. Chief Justice John Roberts issued an order imposing a stay after the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia this summer upheld a gambling deal between the state and the tribe that included sports betting. More from the News Service of Florida.

What the loss of federal stimulus money could mean for Florida child care

The obstacles that come with finding child care are only growing as a program providing child care funding to states during the pandemic ended last month. The stimulus money was part of a federal $24 billion program — including $1.5 billion for Florida alone — to help early learning education centers through the pandemic. More from the Tampa Bay Times.

See where South Florida ranks among US cities most impacted by inflation rates

With inflation on the rise again, high prices continue to impact Americans across the country. And some metropolitan areas — like South Florida — are seeing steeper inflation rates than others. The Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach metro area topped WalletHub's recent list of cities most impacted by inflation. More from NBC Miami.

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Registration is open for the 2023 Florida Rural Economic Development Summit scheduled for November 29-December 1 (Orlando Renaissance Hotel). The Summit focuses on Rural Economic Development in Florida by offering educational sessions, keynote addresses from public/private leaders, and networking opportunities. Hosted by the Florida Rural Economic Development Association (FREDA) — a consortium of Florida’s three Rural Areas of Opportunity (RAO) and 30 rural counties composing FREDA.

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Florida's coastal savior: The benefits of mangroves

Mangroves are incredibly beneficial to Florida's environment, and they wear a lot of proverbial hats. Mangroves play a critical role in a lot of marine ecosystems: they filter the water, act as a nursery habitat, and maintain healthy biodiversity. Mangroves also protect Southwest Florida’s coastlines from storm surge and other harmful impacts from major storms and hurricanes.

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