WSJ: Florida sinkhole heightens concerns about fertilizer industry

“Fertilizer giant Mosaic Co. is paying tens of millions of dollars to patch a central Florida sinkhole and monitor for hazardous runoff, an incident that has heightened environmental concerns involving an industry critical to the U.S. food supply. The 240-foot-deep hole opened beneath a pile of mining waste at Mosaic’s plant in Mulberry … Click here to read more

UPI: Florida scientists report return of tropical bedbugs, first time in 60 years

“There’s more reason for Floridians to check their sofas and mattresses: Tropical bedbugs have been confirmed in the state for the first time in at least 60 years, scientists report … Click here to read more

UPI: Budget vote that includes Zika funding fails in US Senate

“U.S. senators, returning from a seven-week break, failed to approve a spending bill that includes $1.1 billion to pay for a federal response to the Zika virus. With a 52-46 vote, the proposal fell short of the 60 votes necessary… The bill has failed three times in the Senate because it cuts Planned Parenthood funding, which is opposed by Democrats. Florida has documented 56 locally transmitted cases of Zika infection. … Click here to read more

Leaders from across the political spectrum: Vote ‘No in November’

A broad and diverse coalition of leaders have presented a united front opposing a utility-backed proposal appearing on November’s ballot as Amendment 1. Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, free market advocates, solar industry reps and non-partisan advocacy groups have joined together to launch a citizen-led “Vote No On 1” campaign explaining that “Amendment 1 Blocks the Sun.” … Click here to read more

Old will soon outnumber young in Florida

From BuilderOnline: “At the end of the year, it’s likely that both Maine and Florida will have more elderly residents than children, ‘a ratio that’s unprecedented in U.S. history but one that’s coming soon to several more states,’ … Click here to read more

Florida gets ‘F’ in new school funding report

From “Florida ranked 42nd for education funding per student and 49th for the number of teachers per 100 students in public schools. The state also shows the second steepest decline … Click here to read more

The 10 Happiest Places In Florida: Palm City ranks #7 out of 316

“Zippia analyzed over 316 places in Florida to determine where it’s all rainbows and sunshine. Palm City ranked #7 … Click here to read more

‘The Ultimate And Definitive Bucket List for Everyone in Florida’ includes Stuart

From Only in Your State: “As 2015 comes to an end and you start writing your New Year’s resolutions, we have a few suggestions we’d like to make for your lists. Pencil in a few of these places right below your boring goals about losing five pounds and exercising more, … Click here to read more

NYTimes: Disney and other theme parks add metal detectors for holidays

“The theme park industry has an impressive track record of guest safety. Even so, some recent incidents have illustrated the challenges facing them. Last week, a Florida man was arrested on suspicion of trying to bring a handgun into Disney’s Magic Kingdom park. … Click here to read more

Florida leads U.S. in child drownings: Stuart has one of the highest rates

From Flagler Live: “The Red Cross, which trains and certifies lifeguards and water safety instructors nationally, also launched a new initiative last year to help states and local jurisdictions decrease drownings. It identified 50 cities with especially high rates of pool drownings, including Stuart … Click here to read more

Weather Channel: Scott’s State of Emergency still in effect for Florida as Erika remnants approach

“At a press conference this morning, Florida Gov. Rick Scott indicated that though the tropical storm has dissipated into an area of low pressure, the state of emergency declared earlier has not been lifted, as heavy rains and flooding are still a possibilty. Scott told Floridians to remain prepared … Click here to read more