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Rick Scott defends his call for Florida hospitals to share the wealth

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Rick Scott‘s call for Florida hospitals to share their profits if the federal government refuses to authorize $2.2 billion in healthcare spending has been greeted as a form of socialism by critics, including some from his own party. “That’s government price controls,” Niceville-based GOP state Sen. Don Gaetz said in a recent radio interview. “That really brought the Soviet Union into a ‘Going Out of Business’ sale.” Earlier this month, Scott proposed to the Florida Hospital Association that if the U.S. Health and…

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Gulf anglers at odds over new rules for prized fish

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Fishing boats stream out of the pass leading from Destin Harbor into the Gulf of Mexico most any spring day, and the flow becomes a flood once the season opens for red snapper, the region’s most popular prize. New rules for catching the tasty fish are giving hope to commercial charter boat captains from Florida to Texas that the 2015 season will be one of their best in years, yet those same regulations have recreational anglers crying foul about what…

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Bob Sparks: Entertainment industry adds to Florida’s economic menu

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For years Florida governors and legislators stressed the need to diversify Florida’s economy. A state’s financial well-being so heavily dependent upon tourism and agriculture is a disaster or recession away from economic calamity, they said. They, and their successors who toe the same line, are right. Resorts, parks and Fresh From Florida are great for our economy in so many ways, but our menu needs more entrees. Television, film and entertainment production will not drive an economy, but it pedals…

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New Orleans launches ad campaign

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From Gambit: The New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) plans to launch a rapid-fire public relations and advertising campaign across major U.S. markets starting Friday, June 18 — burning through its $5 million share of a $15 million tourism check written to Louisiana by BP on May 17, within five weeks. An emphasis will be placed on separating New Orleans in the public imagination from the disaster afflicting the Louisiana coast. One campaign slogan will say: “This isn’t the…

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Florida skips offshore oil binge but still pays

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When rigs first started drilling for oil off Louisiana’s coast in the 1940s, Floridians scanned their shoreline, with its resorts and talcum-white beaches, and said, No thanks. Go ahead and drill, they told other Gulf Coast states; we’ll stick with tourism. Now that invisible wall separating Florida from its neighbors has been breached. The spreading BP oil spill has already reached the Panhandle, and if it rides currents to the renowned reefs and fishing holes on both Florida coasts, the Sunshine State could become a…

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Loop Current poses oil-spill threat to Atlantic

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Now that the giant oil slick in the Gulf appears to be entering a Loop Current likely to carry polluted water to the Atlantic, the world has learned that offshore spills pose widespread threats far beyond a damaged well. The consequences could shape future decisions on whether to expand drilling into new areas of the Gulf and other waters. The current spill near Louisiana poses a danger to the Florida Keys, the southeast coast from Miami to West Palm Beach…

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The Oil Spill and Congressional Inaction

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Have you had enough? Right now, the coast of Louisiana is under siege. The oil spill from the Deepwater Horizon is doing untold damage to entire ecosystems as you read these words. We need to do more than sit back and watch this catastrophe unfold on our television screens; we need to get the government to act now. Click here to learn more.

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