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Today on Context Florida: Public records, forfeitures, scam artists, Key West housing and risks & reward

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Today on Context Florida: They call us the Sunshine State, but Diane Roberts says Florida’s government prefers to operate in the shadows. Like vampire bats, cockroaches and mold spores. If you can’t see what the government is doing, you can’t fight it. That explains the 74 public records exemption bills before the Legislature this session. Yes, Robert says, there are 74 new attacks on your right to know what’s going on. There’s CS/HB 905, the Matt Gaetz Mug Shot Relief Act,…

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This holiday season is brought to you by these Florida lobbyists and political associations

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The 2015 holiday season marks a quiet before the storm in Florida politics, before the lawmakers and lobbyists take over Tallahassee in January and the high drama of Jeb Bush vs. Marco Rubio and the rest of the GOP presidential field reaches its primary crescendo. So this year, before the annual rites and rituals of “The Process” come to the forefront with visions of appropriations spreadsheets replacing the sugarplums dancing in our heads, the celebrations and good times with friends and family promise to…

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FedEx predicts 12 percent increase in holiday shipments

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With online shopping growing, FedEx is bracing for a record volumes this holiday season. The delivery company predicted Monday that shipments from Black Friday through Christmas Eve will rise 12.4 percent over last year to 317 million pieces. The company said that to handle the crush, it is hiring more than 55,000 seasonal workers and investing in automation and expansion. Rival United Parcel Service Inc. will release its holiday forecast on Tuesday, said spokesman Steve Gaut. He said that the…

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Roll with technical disruption or risk being run over

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What is technical disruption? Simply described I think of it as new innovations that constantly drive our society and economy in new and different directions, allowing us or in some instances forcing us to do things in a new way. In the early 1900s my family’s business was rocked by the invention of the tractor. We were in the mule business (the mule pulled your plow for those needing a history lesson on farming) and the tractor ran the mule…

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