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Local investment in public safety communications infrastructure pay off during Florida disasters

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Last year, Floridians endured one of the most active hurricane seasons in more than a decade. During Hurricanes Hermine and Matthew, those impacted received only a taste of what has earned our state the reputation of being a hot spot for tropical weather. Thankfully, the loss of life and damage was extremely minimal and the state’s emergency response went off without a hitch. What you didn’t read following the storms were stories about first responders’ inability to communicate. That’s because…

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Christian Cámara: Reinsurance saved Florida from catastrophic losses

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As the Nov. 30 end of the hurricane season approaches, Floridians should be thankful. While this year’s storms Hermine and Matthew brought an end to the state’s decade-long hurricane drought, they easily could have been stronger or cut a more destructive path. Indeed, had Hurricane Matthew tracked just 20 or more miles further west, it would have raked the entire east coast of Florida, bringing the full force of a Category 4 storm to the most populated and wealth-concentrated coastline…

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Joe Henderson: St. Pete’s stinky mess, sewage and politics

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman is angry — MAD, I tell you! — that Gov. Rick Scott is playing politics just because the city’s streets and waterways were covered in sewage following Hurricane Hermine. Um, Mr. Mayor? I suspect you already know this, but you have a lot bigger problems than the Republican governor of the state turning a major mess in the city controlled by a Democratic mayor (that’s you, sir) into political capital. Of course, politics will be…

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Joe Henderson: Polluted water in St. Pete leaves little room for mistake

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We love the water around here. We boat on it, haul fish from it, swim in it, and build houses that provide spectacular views of it. Water is such a big deal around here that many people identify us not by the actual places where we live, but by the catchall name of Tampa Bay. So while having local waterways polluted with millions of gallons of untreated sewage would be a major story anywhere, it is a catastrophe here. And…

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Pinellas Legislative Delegation to meet to discuss sewer discharge

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State Sen. Jack Latvala, chairman of the Pinellas County legislative delegation, announced a delegation workshop meeting to hear about and discuss the recent discharge of untreated sewage into Tampa Bay waters by cities in Pinellas County. The meeting will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Karen A. Steidinger Auditorium on Tuesday. The auditorium is located at 100 Eighth Ave. S.E., which is at the Fish & Wildlife Research Institute on the University of South Florida St. Pete…

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Joe Henderson: Hurricane Hermine leaves Category 5 mess in unprepared Tallahassee

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While city officials play those favored political parlor games of finger-pointing and pass-the-blame, thousands of residents remain without power. That’s all we ought to care about now. There are reports of price gouging. Large trees are down all over the city. People are steaming as they wonder about the competence of the power they have elected to office. Yes, folks, that is life in Tallahassee as residents there try to cope with the aftermath of Hurricane Hermine. This Category 1…

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Florida still has more than 18,000 customers without power

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Florida still has more than 18,000 customers without electricity more than four days after Hurricane Hermine slammed into the state. State officials said Tuesday that more than 16,000 of those customers reside in Leon County, which is home to the state capital. The grinding pace of the recovery has caused a dustup between Gov. Rick Scott and Tallahassee officials. Scott has demanded that restoration efforts speed up, while Tallahassee officials have said Scott’s criticism is not helping state and local…

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