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Fox 35

'Smart City' under construction in Osceola County

A real-life tomorrowland is being built just outside of Kissimmee.  One of the major players is looking to make this a test-city for tech.  The first buildings are already complete, or near completion in Osceola County. ”You’re actually going to be living in the future here,” said Mark Miller, chairman, NeoCity Links. “We planned a city here to be one of the first smart cities, made from the ground up, in the world.” The city is being built using the latest tech and environmentally-friendly design.  Technology industry companies will make up most of the development, but there will also be housing, retail space and a STEM high school, which opens this Fall.

Waste Drive

Florida county urges cities to give regional recycling collaboration another chance

In order to address mounting problems after the global recycling crash, one Florida county is looking to take back control of its local recycling system. But first, it will have to end past squabbles. Broward County commissioners recently approved a memorandum of understanding for an integrated waste plan under a new political subdivision, but it still requires buy-in from cities representing at least half of the county's 2 million residents. Getting enough municipalities onboard by the Sept. 30 deadline could prove difficult. Only a few years ago, cities chose to abandon a similar interlocal agreement and forge waste management contracts on their own.

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.