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Orlando Regional Realtors Association endorses Nesta in Seat #4 re-election campaign
The Orlando Regional Realtor's Association has endorsed Commissioner Nick Nesta in his re-election bid for Seat #4 on the Apopka City Council. 
Birding on Lake Apopka North Shore: Over 377 recorded species to enjoy and discover
Birding is a beloved pastime for many nature enthusiasts. It’s one of the easiest hobbies to start; all you have to do is step outside and notice the birds around you.
Apopka gets new U-Haul dealer
Kroner USA owner Alex Prado Barrios is proud to team with the industry leader in do-it-yourself moving and self-storage to meet Orange County's demands better.
Research shows that even mild COVID-19 can lead to the equivalent of seven years of brain aging.
Mounting research shows that COVID-19 leaves its mark on the brain
There is now abundant evidence that being infected with SARS-CoV-2 – the virus that causes COVID-19 – can affect brain health in many ways.
Youth Sports: The key to a strong work ethic for kids
Instilling a strong work ethic in kids who seem to have it all requires breaking it down into simple, teachable characteristics.
Local News
Apopka Police Department Arrest Report
The Apopka Voice publishes a weekly arrest report that includes arrests, crashes, calls for service, and traffic citations. This report is for the week ending February 24th.
Breaking News: Prescribed fire at Lake Apopka North Shore scheduled for today
Prescribed fire is the use of carefully planned fire purposefully set under stringent conditions to manage the fire’s effects.
Apopka City Hall.
Millage, budget, and reserves debate now turns to Apopka residents
Commissioner Kyle Becker will not be on the City Council when the 2024/25 budget workshops begin. His term ends in April. But at last week's meeting, he certainly got the ball rolling.
Orange County Clerk of Courts can help residents get back on the road
A driver's license is an essential form of identification and is required for many everyday activities, such as opening a bank account, renting a car, or applying for a job.
Your Energy, Your Choice: Why Freedom Matters in Energy Decisions
Natural gas offers many benefits and advantages over other fuel sources, often misrepresented by those who want to take away your right to choose.
Apopka Police Department Burglary Report: February 18th-24th
The Apopka Voice publishes a weekly burglary report from the Apopka Police Department that includes reported burglaries of businesses, residences, and vehicles. 

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Business
Florida Legislature considering homeowner policy increases exceeding 50%
Increases greater than 50% on homeowner policies by two insurance companies will be considered in hearings by the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation later this month.
No Florida Property Taxes? A legislative study could be the first step toward phasing them out
The elimination of Florida property taxes and replacing them with a consumption tax is being proposed in the House of Representatives.
Americans spend millions of dollars on Valentine’s Day roses. I calculated exactly how much
The National Retail Federation estimates people will spend $2.6 billion on Valentine’s Day flowers. The Society of American Florists says 250 million roses are produced for the holiday.
Florida lawmakers are advancing bills that would regulate food delivery platforms in the Sunshine State while adding identity protections for consumers.
Tax abatements have long been a tool cities use to encourage developers to build homes low-income residents can afford.
The Wyld Oaks development is not Taurus or Benge Development. Their success rate in Apopka is unblemished, and they bring a plan that should be seen with optimism.
Love is in the air this February – and Goodwill Industries of Central  Florida (GICF) is celebrating with a special donor appreciation event. 

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Health

Orange County Commission using $4.5 million of COVID-19 money to pay residents' medical debts

According to a county presentation on the question, Central Florida Jobs with Justice requested that the county spend $8.7 million of COVID-19 relief money for medical debt relief.

Nearly 2 million Americans are using kratom yearly, but it is banned in multiple states: A pharmacologist explains the controversy

Kratom products are sold online and at smoke shops and gas stations, like this one in Lone Tree, Colo.

The primary concern about kratom is that it can mimic how synthetic opioids work in the body, potentially causing overdoses, severe withdrawal symptoms, and other serious health issues. As a result, the Food and Drug Administration recommends against its use.

Florida health centers face financial strain without Medicaid reimbursement increase

The centers are urging lawmakers to adjust the rates to cover what they've found to be a gap of $106, or just over 42%, for every Medicaid patient visit.

Florida leads all states in Affordable Care Act plan registrations

In the most recent open enrollment period for health insurance, which ran from Nov. 1 to Jan. 16, 4.2 million Florida residents signed up for Affordable Care Act plans.

Nonprofit begins its quest for one million signatures, getting Medicaid on 2026 ballot

The group said it will require one million signatures of registered voters in Florida to get the measure on the ballot. As of December 31st, there are more than 13.3 million voters.

Government
It's rare when an elected official or candidate talks about why it's important to weigh investment and critical needs with tax rates and reserves, but I, for one, applaud any of them who do.
In case you missed it. The Apopka News Week in Review includes six articles that shaped the City... all in one place, including details on a local Apopka resident who won Volunteer of the Year from the APD.
Orange County Government has received the Executive Award of Regional Significance from the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council (ECFRPC) for its commitment to land conservation . …
State Sen. Joe Gruters sponsored Senate Bill 1448, which would add transparency for social media platforms operating in Florida that foreign adversaries own.
Apopka Police Department Burglary Report: February 11th-17th
The Apopka Voice publishes a weekly burglary report from the Apopka Police Department that includes reported burglaries of businesses, residences, and vehicles. 
Mock and Nesta clash over core issues
But now, with only 28 days left until election day, the gloves are off, and Eric Mock vs. Nick Nesta has turned into a fistfight.
APD Sergeant is Valedictorian of Officer's Development Course
APD Sergeant Chris Clutter graduated from the 94th Command Officer's Development Course, an intense five-month training program held by the Southern Police Institute.
Opinion

The high cost of doing nothing about homelessness

In “A Tale of Two Tent Cities“ the authors state, “Local governments have essentially three choices in responding to the presence of homeless encampments.”
As a Republic form of government, we elect our sitting officials to represent us, and we must give them our opinions of how we want our society to run. We didn’t send them to their seats for them to run the various levels of government as THEY see fit. 
In 2023, the Apopka City Council took the first steps toward transitioning from a local bank-heavy portfolio to a more diversified investment plan.
A perfect example of conflict resolution took place in the last couple of weeks when a local youth sports organization and the Apopka Parks and Recreation Department butted heads before ultimately finding resolve.
Bonus Content

5 reasons for students to explore new subjects in an online summer course

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The role of dashcams in vehicle accidents and their effect on your car insurance

Cheap Insurance looks into the role of vehicle onboard dashcams in legal proceedings, including traffic court cases, accident lawsuits, and car insurance rates.

Phony Investment “Opportunities” Can Cost You Big, Say U.S. Postal Inspectors

(NAPSI)—Huge returns and little to no risk? Who wouldn’t want an investment opportunity like that? If you receive a pitch by phone, mail or email that makes such incredible financial promises as …