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Daytona Beach News-JournalCap, trade, conserve, tax: Florida’s way out of crisis: The warming of the planet is a severe global problem. It’s just as severe a local and state problem. Volusia and Flagler counties’ economies, from tourism to real estate, depend on a quality of life — and, literally, on square footage — that’s increasingly vulnerable to climatic shock.

Lakeland LedgerA mind boggling increase: Florida Power & Light Co. is skating on thin ice (mostly melted these days) as it seeks permission for a 31 percent increase in its base rate. That rate is one of the key components of a monthly electric bill, along with fuel surcharges and taxes; FPL says the rise in base rates will be ‘more than offset’ by reductions in fuel costs and gains in efficiency, although those are projected and not assured.

Orlando SentinelWill Charlie Crist be remembered for anything? With Gov. Charlie Crist running for U.S. Senate after less than three years in office, he will be hard pressed to end up with any sort of legacy as governor

Tallahassee Democrat – Recession lessons: Over the years, our community has talked about diversifying its economy so that we are not just a government town, and we’ve made some progress. But we have not been as successful as we need to be in making real change.

Tampa TribuneMaybe Rays should look across bay: What the Tampa Bay Rays need now, other than to win, is for a St. Petersburg or Pinellas elected official to lead the campaign for a new ballpark. Such leadership has been sadly lacking. The organization has been rebuffed at every turn, beginning with the city’s failure to support its original proposal to build a ballpark at Al Lang Field downtown and turn the Tropicana Field site into a mixed-use development.

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Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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