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Preserve kids’ future – Reform pensions

Recently, the Florida Legislature celebrated Children’s Day at the Capitol. Legislators spent the day kissing babies, posing for photos with kids and giving speeches about how much they care about children. Then, many lawmakers spilled their milk.

Fertilizer compromise a win for governments and retailers

House Bill 457 was crafted to safeguard Florida businesses against inconsistent bans on the sale of fertilizer while providing a local rulemaking process. Today, cities and counties must adhere to the state model fertilizer ordinance or use it as a guide to build their own rules. Since the state ordinance was crafted in 2007, approximately 40 local governments have adopted fertilizer rules. While some follow the scientifically vetted model ordinance, others have adopted local rules that vary from county to county. In some cases, citywide regulations differ with county rules. This creates a logistical nightmare for retailers.

Cleaning our water together

You don’t have to be a scientist to know water is fluid and not restricted to one city, county or
even region. Municipalities such as Naples and Marco Island are particularly aware of this fact as illustrated in your editorial about fertilizer rules for Collier.

Robbing roads is dead end

Construction workers who lost their jobs in recent years are losing hope. From January to January, Florida’s construction industry lost 24,000 jobs. Nationwide, the unemployment rate in the industry is 21.8 percent.

Protect residents, nonprofits and others from ‘irrational’ storm tax

In light of our extreme vulnerability to catastrophic storm losses, the Florida Wildlife Federation supports the need to reform both Citizens Property Insurance Corp. and the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund.

Live on the Water at Your Own (Insurance) Risk

Environmentalists and tea party groups don’t usually have much to agree on politically, but they came together in front of the state Senate chambers in Tallahassee Friday to support an insurance reform bill.

Amendment would prohibit Citizens Property Insurance from covering near-shore homes

What they agree on is that Citizens charges artificially low rates for the high-risk policies and the subsidy encourages development where it shouldn’t, and otherwise might not be.

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