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Palm Beach Post

Florida is climate change ‘ground zero.’ But it lacks buzz ahead of presidential debate

Miami will hold the gaze of the national political realm next week, as the two-night Democratic presidential debates will kick off at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. Just three miles away, across the Venetian Causeway that spans over the glittering Biscayne Bay, is Miami Beach — what some activists and officials call “ground zero” for sea-level rise, one of the many indicators of climate change. About three-quarters of Florida voters either felt “very concerned” or “somewhat concerned” about climate change, according to a March poll from Quinnipiac University. Sixty-six percent were “very concerned” or “somewhat concerned” that climate change will personally affect themselves or a family member.


City Of Riviera Beach Agrees To Pay Hackers To Get Back Systems Held Hostage For Past Three Weeks

The Riviera Beach city council voted to let the city’s insurer pay 65 bitcoin to get access to city data and computer systems blocked by a cyber attack three weeks ago. The difficult-to-trace digital currency’s value fluctuates, but 65 Bitcoin is worth roughly $600,000. Council members discussed the ransom at a special meeting held Monday night. Parts of the city system remain inaccessible since the May 29th cyber attack, including the ability to pay for city services online. The city website is, however, up and running. “We’ve lost some of the conveniences as far as online access, but we’ve pretty much been able to continue providing services,” said city spokeswoman Rose Anne Brown.

North Escambia

Escambia Commissioner May Recognized As A FAC Presidential Advocate

The Florida Association of Counties recognized Chairman and District 3 Commissioner Lumon May as a Presidential Advocate for their work during the 2019 Legislative Session. Commissioner May received the designation during an awards ceremony held at the FAC Annual Conference in Orange County, Florida. The FAC Presidential Advocate recognition is given to county commissioners who have shown exceptional leadership in advocating with FAC during the 2019 session to advance the counties’ legislative agenda. “As commissioners, we are empowered to stand up for our community, to be the voice for those who can’t speak, and to fight for our right to decide our own future,” said FAC President and Hendry County Commissioner, Karson Turner.