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“On borrowed time.” Why coastal Florida is still rebuilding after storms like Hurricane Ian

Southwest Florida has already answered the immediate question after Hurricane Ian slammed into the coast, killing dozens and destroying thousands of homes with a record storm surge: Will we rebuild? The answer—yes, of course—is practically a given in storm-prone Florida, despite the double whammy of an exploding coastal population and climate change increasing the risk of hurricanes with deadly coastal flooding. [Source: Miami Herald]

Florida Republicans register 9 new voters for every 1 new Democrat in months leading up to midterms

Final tallies of Floridians registered to vote in the 2022 midterm elections show the Republican Party continuing to grow while Democrats are stagnating. The latest numbers underscore the fact that Florida is leaving its longtime position as the nation’s largest swing state, a state that could go either way in a major election, and landing firmly in the Republican red column. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]

The NHC says a 90% chance of a Caribbean tropical depression forming

The National Hurricane Center is tracking the system in the Caribbean with a high chance of becoming the season’s next tropical depression. As of 2 p.m. Sunday, the NHC said a broad area of ​​low pressure is producing a large area of ​​scattered showers and thunderstorms in the eastern Caribbean and will produce heavy rainfall over parts of the Lesser Antilles, Virgin Islands and Puerto through the weekend. Rico. “Further increase in the organization of associated showers and thunderstorms could trigger the development of a tropical depression or storm during the next day,” forecasters said. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]

Fall festivals help Central Florida farms stay green with cash

Agritourism combines two of Florida’s largest industries, agriculture and tourism, to offer visitors fun activities on Florida farms. Fall is a big season for locals looking for a rustic escape. Common agritourism attractions include groves and orchards, farm tours and goat yoga, in addition to traditional harvest time activities such as pumpkin patches, hayrides, corn mazes and haunted trails. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]

FPL is trying to recover $1 billion from state customers to cover Ian power restoration

After pouring workers and equipment into restoring power after Hurricane Ian, Florida Power & Light expects to seek approval to recover about $1.1 billion from customers, officials said Friday. It was not immediately clear when FPL would file a proposal with the Florida Public Utilities Commission — or how the proposal would affect customers’ monthly bills. But utilities have traditionally been allowed to recover costs from customers after hurricanes, and the rate agreement approved by the commission last year assumes FPL will be able to make such a proposal. [Source: Miami Herald]

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› After a record year, Port Canaveral is gearing up for a busy winter
Despite the uncertainty of COVID-19 still dominating the cruise industry in 2021, Port Canaveral finished its latest fiscal year with record numbers and is gearing up for winter with bigger and better ships than ever. “The year ended pretty well considering how we started at the tail end of the pandemic,” Port General Manager Capt. John Murray said at Wednesday’s Port Commission meeting.

› Check out Kforce’s hybrid-focused Tampa ‘office of the future’
There’s so much to see from a virtually 360-degree view from Kforce’s new corporate headquarters in Midtown Tampa. Sunsets. Storm clouds. Shoppers coming and going from Whole Foods and REI below. Traffic situation at Interstate 275 and N Dale Mabry. But it’s what visitors won’t see, CEO Joe Liberatore said, that makes the new headquarters so different from the old one.

› Orlando’s business environment ranks it in the top 10 in attracting foreign business, study shows
The level of “aftercare” Orlando provides to foreign companies looking to expand in the U.S. helps make it one of the best-ranked U.S. cities for attracting foreign investment, new research from the Financial Times and Nikkei shows. Orlando was ranked No. 2 in the inaugural study, which evaluated economic, regulatory and social characteristics of cities through the lens of overseas businesses.

› After violent spiral, Chicago celebrity chef seeks redemption — and Michelin stars — in South Florida
Jacob Bickelhaupt moved to West Palm Beach in July with two equally ambitious goals: rebuilding his life in Palm Beach County and earning more Michelin stars. His acclaimed Chicago restaurant 42 Grams received two Michelin stars in 2014, 2015 and 2016. He won Food & Wine’s Best Chef Award in 2015 and was a James Beard Award semifinalist in 2016 and 2017.

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