Florida's recap – Highlights from around the state – July 18th
Bottom Line: Your daily recap of the some of the biggest news from around the state that impacts you in South Florida.
- Florida was the top state for foreign real-estate purchases – 20% of all foreign purchases took place in Florida over the past year according to the annual report for the National Association of Realtors
- Florida’s public schools will begin to administer a minimum of 5 hours of mental health education annually starting in the sixth grade – it's unknown if it will begin in the upcoming school year or if it’ll take effect in the 2020-2021 school year
- The Florida Department Division of Emergency Management approved an additional $100 million in relief funds for the citrus industry as it continues a post Irma recovery statewide
- Key West banned mobile advertising stating that it had become a public safety hazard
- In a similar but different decision, Miami Beach has banned most sidewalk advertising boards, also citing safety
- Five Port Everglades workers have been charged with federal fraud stemming from alleged personal profit for expenses charged to Broward County
- West Palm Beach has gained national attention for the playing of the song Baby Shark on a loop in an effort to discourage homeless people from aggregating around the downtown Pavilion.