Miami-Dade ending Miami Seaquarium’s lease

Miami-Dade County is ending the Miami Seaquarium’s lease and has ordered the facility to leave the property next month.

The office of Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava sent a “Notice of Termination of Lease” letter Thursday to Eduardo Albor, the president of park operator The Dolphin Company that manages the operations at the Miami Seaquarium.

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Recent Legislation about Florida Hurricane Retrofitting

CS/SB 2-D — Property Insurance
by Appropriations Committee and Senator Boyd

The Reinsurance to Assist Policyholders program authorizes a $2 billion dollar reimbursement layer of reinsurance for hurricane losses directly below the mandatory layer of the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund (FHCF). The FHCF mandatory retention is $8.5 billion for the 2022-2023 contract year.

 

Effective July 1, 2022, the bill appropriates $150 million from the General Revenue Fund to the Department of Financial Services’ My Safe Florida Home Program to provide :

  • hurricane mitigation inspections
  • matching grants for the performance of hurricane retrofitting on homestead single family homes with a value of $500,000 or less located in the wind-borne debris region set forth in the Florida Building Code.
  • The My Safe Florida Home Program, which is administered by the Department of Financial Services, will provide financial incentives for Florida residential property owners to obtain free home inspections that would identify mitigation measures and also provide grants to retrofit such properties, thereby reducing their vulnerability to hurricane damage and helping decrease the cost of residential property insurance.

The bill revises the eligibility criteria for receiving program grants. It:

  • Requires that a homeowner who receives a mitigation grant agree to make his or her home available for inspection after the mitigation project is completed.
  • Requires that a building permit for initial construction of the home must have been made before January 1, 2008.
  • Requires the home to have undergone an acceptable hurricane mitigation inspection after July 1, 2008.
  • Grants awarded under the program provide $2 in grant funds for every $1 provided by the homeowner.
  • Exceptions are provided for low-income homeowners.
  • Applicants may receive up to $10,000 in program money.

The Department of Financial Services must include in the annual report of program activities the average annual amount of insurance premium discounts and the total of such discounts received from insurers.

The bill allocates appropriated funds as follows:

  • $25 million for hurricane mitigation inspections.
  • $115 million for hurricane mitigation grants.
  • $4 million for education and consumer awareness.
  • $1 million for public outreach to contractors, real estate brokers, and sales associates.
  • $5 million for administrative costs.

https://www.flsenate.gov/Committees/BillSummaries/2022D/html/2874

Check The Status Of Your Mail-in Ballot

Any voter who has requested a vote-by-mail ballot can track online the status of his or her ballot through a link within the Division of Elections’ Voter Information Lookup.
https://registration.elections.myflorida.com/CheckVoterStatus

Or directly at your county Supervisor of Elections website.

6.6 million Americans filed for unemployment last week

A record 6.6 million Americans filed for unemployment last week as the coronavirus continued to take a huge toll on the economy and workers

The total is double the previous week’s claims tally of 3.3 million, which was revised up by a modest 24,000 to 3.3 million. A stunning 10 million workers now have sought unemployment benefits in just two weeks, exceeding the nearly nine million who lost jobs from 2008 to 2010 amid the Great Recession.

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https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2020/04/02/coronavirus-americans-file-initial-jobless-claims-layoffs-mount/5110129002/

Gov. Ron DeSantis to issue statewide stay-at-home order for Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Governor Ron DeSantis has issued a mandatory stay-at-home order for the entire state of Florida, starting Thursday at midnight.

“It makes sense to make this move now,” he said, of the order taking effect at midnight and in place for the next 30 days.

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https://www.wtxl.com/news/local-news/gov-ron-desantis-issues-stay-at-home-order-for-state-of-florida