FAC News Clips - November 17, 2017 -

FAC News Clips –November 17, 2017

 

Local News

 

Miami News 7

Residents living next to MIA say taxi, Uber cars clogging their street

 (WSVN) - They say “your home is your castle,” but some South Florida residents say their neighborhood has become an airport parking lot. 7’s Brian Entin is getting results for these residents with his special investigation, “No Parking.” These neighbors have lived here for years — a small residential street right next to busy Miami International Airport. Brian Entin: “So the noise doesn’t bother you?” Barbara Grant, neighbor: “[Not] at all. That’s not the problem.”

 

Englewood Sun

Sarasota County addresses chronic homelessness

SARASOTA — Four years after they began discussing the problem of chronic homelessness, particularly in county parks, Sarasota County commissioners now have a plan in place. A new quality of life ordinance, along with a pair of contracts, are designed to meet a lofty ideal, one of getting people into shelter space and ultimately into the services they need that are the cause of them being homeless.

 

Citrus

 

Associated Press

Growers feel the squeeze as county's citrus industry drops

MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. (AP) — From a 2-acre plot on north Merritt Island, Steve Crisafulli looks at rows of orange trees, searching for a glimmer of hope for Brevard's dying citrus industry. Crisafulli — a Merritt Island resident whose last name has been synonymous with the citrus business for five generations — has given over this small grove on his family's land for a U.S. Department of Agriculture experiment that he prays will unlock the secret of a more disease-resistant orange tree.

 

Drug Abuse

 

FlaglerLive.com

Flagler County on Periphery of Opioid Crisis, But Deaths Report Signals Lethal Spikes

Until 2012, the annual report of Florida’s medical examiners on drug-related deaths was grim and alarming for the extent to which drugs were present in the bodies examined. But the numbers were relatively steady: 8,556 in 2008, 8,653 the following year, then 9,000, then 9,135, then a decline to 8,330 in 2012 and to 8,286 in 2013. Even then, prescription drugs were to blame for startling proportions of the deaths. Then the spike began. So did a new sort of entry in the medical examiners’ report summary, becoming its ritualized first line:

 

Property Taxes

 

Capital News Service

State legislature debating issue of property tax increase

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CNS) -- If you pay more in property taxes this coming year, you would consider it a tax hike. It's a battle state lawmakers are about to have and, depending on how things turns out, it could cost you more. Property values in some counties are up nine percent this year. As a result, school districts will collect $569 million more from property owners. Governor Rick Scott and lawmakers who want the money to boost school spending say it's not a tax increase, because the tax rate did not go up.

 

Recovery

 

St. Augustine Record

Hurricane Irma reimbursement process underway in St. Johns County

St. Johns County commissioners on Tuesday will consider steps toward securing reimbursements for Hurricane Irma recovery through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Public Assistance program. To date, the county has a little more than $14 million in eligible Irma-related costs, including $10.6 million for debris removal, $2 million for emergency activation and $1.4 million for inundated roads. It’s anticipated FEMA and the state of Florida will reimburse about $10.6 million and $1.8 million respectively. The county would fund the remaining $1.8 million.