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New bill would require community donations from Florida homeowners' associations
House Bill 173 is sponsored by state Rep. Kimberly Daniels, D-Jacksonville, and is aimed at nonprofit organizations that operate residential homeowners' associations.
Apopka Police Department receives grant to combat impaired driving
According to a four-year report, the APD responded to 3,724 distracted driving-related crashes, including talking or texting on the phone, inattentive driving, or external distractions.
Minimum wage workers.
Proposed rollback of child labor law in Florida gets pushback; critics say kids would be exploited
Florida is the 13th state this year to introduce legislation that would roll back labor laws intended to protect minors, according to the Economic Policy Institute.
Report: Florida Power & Light scores high in transition to clean energy
The report claimed that although the energy is less expensive than 99% of existing coal and new gas generation, only 20 of the 77 utilities have plans to be entirely coal-free by 2030.
A water main project is underway in Broward County.
Report: Comprehensive water project work program needed
The report says the growth in local water projects inclusive of stormwater runoff, wastewater and lake restoration put into appropriation bills by lawmakers has increased over 1,000%.
Pickup trucks and debris lie strewn in a canal in Horseshoe Beach, Fla., after the passage of Hurricane Idalia, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2023.
Recovery efforts continue in Florida after three hurricanes in two years
The Florida House Select Committee on Hurricane Resiliency & Recovery met this week to discuss the ongoing recovery efforts in the Sunshine State.

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A hot tub lies toppled to the beach next to a broken seawall, at Fantasy Island Resort II, following the passage of Hurricane Nicole, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Daytona Beach Shores.
Officials say recent reforms could help Florida's property insurance market
Florida homeowners' policies are becoming more expensive, but officials say improvements are in the offing as more companies enter the market.
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Report says better management needed for Florida's wastewater
A new report says amid the Sunshine State's burgeoning population growth, better wastewater stewardship by replacing aging infrastructure is needed.
Native American agricultural leaders are seeking an expansion of tribes’ jurisdiction over U.S. Department of Agriculture programs in the upcoming farm bill.
Capitol chaos delays Florida farm bill listening sessions
The sessions were meant to be an opportunity “for farmers, ranchers, and growers to voice their concerns and thoughts on upcoming agricultural issues.
A Florida black bear tries to break into a trash can.
As Florida county grapples with bear encounters, one lawmaker calls for a bear hunt
The 2015 state-sponsored bear hunt created so much bad publicity for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission that it has not held another one
Florida ranked fourth in inflation increases in 2022
Prices have continued to rise in 2023, though at a significantly lower rate until August, when prices spiked again.
‘Take the First Step’ towards pedestrian safety in October
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles encourages Floridians to ‘Take the First Step’ toward pedestrian safety by raising awareness of best practices.
Florida Department of Transportation highlights the importance of rail safety
The increasing rates of trespassing along a train’s right-of-way is illegal. It is also the leading cause of all rail-related fatalities nationwide.
Pickup trucks and debris lie strewn in a canal in Horseshoe Beach, Fla., after the passage of Hurricane Idalia, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2023.
Strained insurance industry pulled on again
A report from Moody’s Analytics released Wednesday stated that in total, private insured losses are between $3 billion and $5 billion, while the National Flood Insurance Program will see a loss of $500 million.
A group of silhouetted people on a public beach over orange-colored sunset sky in Siesta Key.
Amid record heat, Florida agencies give EPA climate change rules a cold shoulder
Despite the brutal heat, this is the moment when our Florida Department of Environmental Protection has chosen to give the federal government the old cold shoulder. Ooooooo-wee, have you noticed how hot it’s been this summer? Feels-like temperatures are up around 115 degrees, even a heat index of 120 in Pensacola in June. …
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Florida officials predict increased student aid costs for taxpayers
Florida officials project that taxpayer-funded student aid will increase in coming years as more students graduate from high school in the Sunshine State.