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WJHG

Seaside Institute hosts symposium on rebuilding communities after a natural disaster

After Hurricane Michael, many businesses and areas have the potential to build back better than they were before. Sunday, Walton County locals and some from around the country learned how to rebuild their communities in the wake of a natural disaster. Sunday morning kicked off day two of a three-day symposium hosted by the Seaside Institute aimed at helping communities rebuild and recover after a natural disaster like Hurricane Michael. Beth Carr, the Executive Director for the Seaside Institute said, "The focus is to ensure that we are coming together to understand the process of recovery, the components of recovery, and them how to implement that recovery."

The Palm Beach Post

State cash flow OK for now — but shortfalls loom

Florida lawmakers should be able to cover stat spending needs next year and still have an almost $300 some belt-tightening. A legislative panel adopted a three-year financial outlook Thursday that will serve as an early budget guidepost for lawmakers when they begin the 2020 legislative session in January. It showed the state on relative solid short-term footing — helped by record tourist levels — but budget shortfalls looming in 2021 and 2022. Of course, threatening to throw off any economic forecast: The possibility of a recession.

WPTV

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis rolls out environmental proposals

Gov. Ron DeSantis wants lawmakers to double fines for sewage spills into waterways and to lock an environmental-funding pledge into state budgets for at least the next three years. The proposals are the first of a series the governor said he will make ahead of the 2020 legislative session, which starts in January. Lawmakers will return to Tallahassee on Monday to start holding committee meetings to prepare for the session. Doubling fines for sewage spills would eliminate what DeSantis described as a “slap me on the wrist” approach to penalties for local governments.