What you need to know about Florida today
A year after Irma, Keys businesses can’t find enough workers
Islamorada resorts, restaurants and retailers that have rebuilt since Hurricane Irma struck a year ago say they can’t find enough workers to fill their jobs. A new report by the University of Florida suggests one reason why: People left the Florida Keys after the hurricane and never came back. [Source: Miami Herald]
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Florida Icon: David Lawrence Jr.
The Chairman for the Children’s Movement of Florida was formerly the publisher of the Miami Herald. Lawrence talks about a life in letters, living in Miami, the importance of reading, working in journalism. He says: “Miami’s the cutting edge of America. Miami needs to show the rest of America how we give each other the benefit of the doubt, how we celebrate what we have in common, how we learn to respect our differences.” [Source: Florida Trend]
Florida ranks high in risk of mortgage fraud
New York, New Jersey and Florida remain the top three states for the risk of mortgage fraud as fraud on mortgage applications ticks up nationally. One in 109 applications contained fraud in the second quarter of this year compared to one in 122 in the same period a year earlier, according to the financial services company CoreLogic. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]
Most fire in Florida goes undetected, researchers say
A new study from Florida State University researchers indicates that common satellite imaging technologies have vastly underestimated the number of fires in Florida. Their report challenges well-established beliefs about the nature and frequency of fire in the Sunshine State. [Source: PHYS.org]
When will Red Tide on Florida’s west coast go away? It’s anyone’s guess.
Now that Red Tide has reached Pinellas County’s popular beaches, chasing away tourists and depositing tons of dead marine life, the big question is when it will end. The short, unsatisfying answer, 10 months after the current bloom cropped up off the Southwest Florida coast, is no one can predict when it will break apart and float away. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]