Florida News That Impacts You – December 1st, 2022
Bottom Line: Your daily recap of the biggest news from around the state that impacts you in South Florida. Gas prices continued lower through the weekend.
- Gas prices are continuing lower, dropping another two cents per gallon over the past day to a statewide average of $3.33 - eight cents lower than a week ago. In Southeast Florida, prices range from an average low of $3.37 per gallon in Broward, to an average high of $3.53 per gallon in the Palm Beaches.
- Florida Emergency Management Director Kevin Guthrie said the state is close to quantifying the total impact of Hurricanes Ian and Nicole statewide. He stated this year’s hurricane season will likely prove to have been the costliest in the state’s history and rebuilding efforts will take a total of seven years to complete.
- The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is requesting over $150 million from the state in the upcoming session for a variety of projects including an increased effort to hunt invasive Burmese pythons in the Everglades and increasing their ranks by 41 full-time law enforcement patrol officers aimed at combating wildlife abuses. The Commission also seeks to ramp up efforts to combat invasive plants in Florida along with increasing oyster restoration efforts and artificial reef construction in addition to accelerating habitat restoration efforts in the Indian River Lagoon, the most important feeding ground for manatees. The agencies’ proposals have been presented to the Legislature for consideration in the upcoming 2023 state session. Speaking of the FWC...
- Florida Fish and Wildlife has announced additional measures which will be implemented aimed at protecting the manatee population which has suffered record losses over the past two years. Among the measures, a new no-entry zone in Brevard County and the Indian River Lagoon from November 15th to March 31st annually.
- Real-estate firm Redfin’s latest relocation report shows Florida’s still far and away the most desirable destination for those looking to relocate. Of the top ten metros for future relocations nationally, Florida holds four of the slots: Miami (2nd), Tampa (4th), Cape Coral (6th), and North Port-Sarasota (7th).