Your FPL bill will be going down this summer – just a little…

Florida Power & Light Co.’s monthly bills will dip 30 cents this summer, from $99.87 to $99.57 for the typical residential customer.

The reduction is a “mid-course” correction by state regulators related to the 2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, according to a news release from Florida’s Public Service Commission, which met Tuesday.

Read more… http://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/fl-bz-fpl-bills-dip-20180606-story.html

Downtown Davie in the middle of a housing boom

With five projects either on the drawing board or in the final construction phase, Davie is in the middle of a housing boom

“We’re on the right path,” said Phillip R. Holste, Davie’s assistant town administrator and interim director of the Community Redevelopment Agency. “If you look at the downtown, we haven’t seen redevelopment like this in decades. It’s exciting to see the vision that’s been developed actually come to fruition.”

Read the complete article… http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/davie/fl-bz-davie-mixed-use-downtown-20180531-story.html

Will Trump Cut Social Security And Medicaid? Bernie Sanders …

Senator Bernie Sanders wants President Donald Trump to know that he reads Trump’s tweets—especially those with promises the president is breaking.

On Tuesday, Sanders took to the Senate floor to remind Trump about his tweeted vow to not cut social welfare programs—something that’s set to happen under the Republican tax reform plan.

Read More… http://www.newsweek.com/trump-tweets-social-security-medicare-bernie-sanders-736082

Help after the storm from Senator Bill Nelson

Dear Floridians,

Hurricane Irma was one of the most powerful storms ever recorded, prompting one of the largest evacuations in U.S. history.

This massive storm affected every part of our state. And as we now begin the process of cleaning up and rebuilding, I encourage every Floridian affected by this storm to apply for assistance with FEMA as soon as possible. You may be eligible for financial help or even direct assistance for things such as: clean-up, temporary housing, medical, moving expenses and more.

If you’re eligible, it’s important that you get your FEMA claim in as soon as possible, without delay.

To apply for FEMA assistance visit: www.disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362) TTY: 1-800-462-7585.

Please take a few minutes to review the information provided below. You may be eligible for other temporary assistance and benefits.

As I travel around our state, I am heartened by the stories I am hearing over and over again of Floridians helping Floridians. And I encourage you to share this information with your friends and neighbors as we work together to rebuild our state.

If you need any additional help, please don’t hesitate to contact our office by e-mail at: IrmaAssistance@billnelson.senate.gov, by phone toll free in Florida at 1-888-671-4091, or by stopping by one of our regional offices listed below.

Sincerely,
Senator Bill Nelson
EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE

If you need emergency help call 9-1-1.HELP FOR SENIORS
If you know of a senior who needs assistance call 9-1-1 and contact the Florida Department of Elder Affairs hotline at 1-800-96-ELDER (1-800-963-5337). To report elder abuse, call 1-800-96-ABUSE (1-800-962-2873).

BASIC SUPPLIES
If you need supplies, such as food, water, or ice, please contact your county emergency management at: http://www.floridadisaster.org/fl_county_em.asp or by phone at (850) 815-4001 for the location of the nearest distribution center. Your county emergency management can provide up–to-date information about shelters and local distribution centers for food and supplies.

FEMA ASSISTANCE
Floridians affected by Hurricane Irma should apply for assistance with FEMA as soon as their county is granted Individual Assistance. Financial help and direct services may be available from FEMA for clean-up, temporary housing, medical, moving expenses, and more.

To apply visit: www.disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362) TTY: 1-800-462-7585. For a list of counties approved for Individual Assistance visit: https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4337#.

HELP FOR VETERANS
Veterans needing assistance or medication can contact the Veteran Disaster Hotline at 1-800-507-4571 or go to any VA medical facility for assistance.

DIALYSIS
To find a dialysis center in your area visit: http://www.dialysisunits.com/. Patients of DaVita Dialysis may contact 1-800-400-8331 to find the nearest Dialysis Center.

MENTAL HEALTH

If you or someone you know is experiencing emotional distress please call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained counselor. You may also visit: http://bit.ly/2vH2Huc for more information about managing stress after a disaster and talking with children about traumatic events.

TAX RELIEF
Floridians in counties granted Individual Assistance may be eligible for tax relief from the IRS. To learn more about IRS assistance for victims of Hurricane Irma visit: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/help-for-victims-of-hurricane-irma.

DISASTER RECOVERY LOANS
The U.S. Small Business Administration is providing various disaster loans to qualifying Floridians in several counties. For more information about SBA disaster loans visit: https://www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance/hurricane-irma.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture provides loans and assistance to qualifying individuals, businesses, and communities after disasters. For more information visit: https://www.usda.gov/topics/disaster/storms, or contact the USDA office in Florida at: (352) 338-3400.

DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE
Floridians who are unemployed as a result of the disaster are encouraged to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) through the U.S. Department of Labor. For additional information about DUA visit: https://workforcesecurity.doleta.gov/unemploy/disaster.asp or contact the U.S. Department of Labor by phone at 1-866-487-2365.

MORTGAGE RELIEF
To find out if you qualify for temporary mortgage relief such as a suspension of mortgage payments for up to 12 months, or suspension of late fees, visit the Freddie Mac website at: http://www.freddiemac.com/about/hurricane-relief.html. For additional information visit the Fannie Mae website at: http://www.fanniemae.com/portal/about-fm/hurricane-relief.html or by phone at 1-800-2FANNIE (800-232-6643).

HURRICANE RESPONSE HIRING
The U.S. Small Business Administration is hiring a variety of temporary positions located throughout Florida now through December 31, 2017. For more information visit: https://www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance/hurricane-response-jobs-sba#section-header-4

ADDITION ASSISTANCE
For in-person assistance with storm related questions, or to apply for benefits you may visit your local FEMA Disaster Recovery Center. For a list of Centers in your area visit: http://asd.fema.gov/inter/locator/home.htm

BILL NELSON OFFICES IN FLORIDA

Broward
3416 South University Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33328
Phone: 954-693-4851

Ft. Myers
2000 Main Street
Suite 801
Fort Myers, FL 33901
Phone: 239-334-7760

Jacksonville
1301 Riverplace Blvd.
Suite 2010
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Phone: 904-346-4500

Miami-Dade
2555 Ponce De Leon Boulevard
Suite 610
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Phone: 305-536-5999

Orlando
225 East Robinson Street
Suite 410
Orlando, FL 32801
Phone: 407-872-7161

Tallahassee
111 North Adams Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Phone: 850-942-8415

Tampa
801 N. Florida Ave.
4th Floor
Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: 813-225-7040

West Palm Beach
413 Clematis Street
Suite 210
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Phone: 561-514-0189

 

The Top 12 Berniecrats Running in 2016 – Tim Canova 23rd Congressional District in Florida

“As the primary opponent of DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Tim Canova is far from a protest candidate or just a pretty face. He is a lawyer and professor and has been a nationally recognized voice on financial issues since the 1980’s. He has both the clout to have been named to a Federal Reserve advisory council alongside Robert Reich and Joseph Stiglitz, and the progressive chops to have taught impromptu classes at Occupy. Make no mistake, Tim Canova is not merely trying to shine a light on the perceived corruption of Debbie Wasserman-Schultz. He wants to get rid of it — and her.”

Read more.. http://progressivearmy.com/2016/05/17/the-top-12-berniecrats-running-in-2016/

More toxic chemicals allowed in Florida waterways

TALLAHASSEE
Florida regulators voted to approve new water quality standards Tuesday that will increase the amount of cancer-causing toxins allowed in Florida’s rivers and streams under a plan that the state says will protect more Floridians than the current standards do.

“The Environmental Regulation Commission voted 3-2 to approve a proposal drafted by state regulators that would impose new standards on 39 chemicals not currently regulated by the state, and revise the regulations on 43 other toxins, most of which are carcinogens.”

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article91979107.html

Frustration spills over seagrass die-off in Florida Bay

By KEVIN WADLOW – KeysInfoNet

Frustration spills over seagrass die-off in Florida Bay, the worst in decades; residents and officials demand action

The campaign to save Florida Bay should move to the ballot box, speakers fumed Thursday in Islamorada.

“Talking to the politicians obviously is not working,” Islamorada Village Council member Jim Mooney said after a presentation on Florida Bay’s woes to the village board.

Read the complete arrticle:
http://www.keysnet.com/2016/04/09/507926/frustration-spills-over-seagrass.html

FDA Approved: Toxic Decayed Meat Being Sold As “Fresh”

“After reading this you may never trust Congress or the FDA again, let alone corporate chain grocery stores. This toxic practice makes seriously decayed meat look fresh for weeks and is banned in many countries including the European Union and Japan.

Many consumers are unaware that over 70% of beef and chicken in the United States and Canada is treated with poisonous carbon monoxide gas and the FDA allows it, despite the known public health risks.”

The American government does not care about the citizens of this country to allow this type of illegal behavior

If you are as upset as I am – contact your Congressman and Senators and tell them to protect the public and stop placing profits over our health!!!

http://www.healthy-holistic-living.com/gassed-meat.html

US and Cuba to sign agreement on marine conservation and research

The United States and Cuba are set to reach their first accord on environmental protection since announcing plans to re-establish diplomatic relations, linking up marine sanctuaries in both countries to cooperate on preservation and research.

US National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration chief Kathryn Sullivan is in Havana to sign the agreement on Wednesday and continue talks on a host of environmental issues common to the two countries, separated by just 90 miles (140km) of water.

Under the memorandum, scientists with the Florida Keys and the Texas Flower Garden Banks national sanctuaries will partner with counterparts at Cuba’s Guanahacabibes national park and the Banco de San Antonio, located on the island’s westernmost region.

The four sanctuaries share a similar spectrum of fish and coral species, and officials hope the partnership will allow researchers to collaborate on how best to preserve their fragile ecosystems as tourism and oil exploration continue to expand.

“This opens the door to collaborating on many, many fronts so the so-called invisible lines of the Gulf (of Mexico) disappear,” said Daniel Whittle, the US-based Environmental Defense Fund’s senior director for Cuba. “In my mind this is long overdue.”

Washington and Havana announced last December that they would resume diplomatic ties, and formally did so in July.

Environmental cooperation has been one of the most visible areas of progress in the relationship as the United States and Cuba negotiate and discuss a number of issues. They include much thornier matters on which the two countries remain far apart, such as the US embargo and the naval base at Guantánamo Bay, as well as Cuba’s record on rights and democracy.

US secretary of state John Kerry announced in October that the countries were working on a marine-preservation accord. Also that month, Cuba and the EDF unveiled an initiative designed to protect shark populations, record fishing vessel catches and develop a long-term conservation plan. And in April, NOAA and Cuban scientists circled the island on a research cruise to study the larvae of bluefin tuna, a highly threatened and commercially valuable species.

Cuba’s marine ecosystem is considered one of the best preserved in the region, with large reserves of relatively untouched coral and large populations of fish, sharks and sea turtles. But such ecosystems could come under new threats as Cuba continues to search for offshore oil and tourism booms.

Billy Causey, a regional director with NOAA who helped broker the accord, said the pairings were determined in part by the challenges that the sanctuaries share.

Guanahacabibes national park is one of Cuba’s largest and most isolated reserves. Scientists there will be paired with researchers at the Florida Keys sanctuary, an area that receives more than 3 million visitors each year.

Researchers at Banco de San Antonio and Flower Garden Banks will study their similar deep-water ecosystems and share lessons on a range of issues including protection against oil and gas development.

“We have a lot that our scientists and managers can share back and forth,” Causey said.

US and Cuban scientists have long recognized the need for collaboration, as sharks and other species migrate through the waters off both countries.

Scientists from the US and across the world are gathering this week in Havana for the 10th Ocean Sciences Conference to discuss climate change and conservation.