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Matthew may return later to Florida in ‘funky loop’ dance

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In what might eventually be more a psychological blow than a meteorological one, there’s a decent chance that Hurricane Matthew could loop back full circle for a second, unwelcome visit to South Florida next week. If so, what arrives Tuesday would just be a weakened remnant of the monster storm that’s about to rake the Florida and Georgia coasts, meteorologists say. It’s more akin to rubbing salt in the Sunshine State’s wounds than inflicting further damage, meteorologists say. It would…

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Hillary Clinton to make two stops in South Florida Friday

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Hillary Clinton will make campaign appearances Friday in St. Lucie and Broward Counties, the Clinton campaign announced Sunday. Specific details on where and when the events will be held have not yet been announced. While the Democratic nominee campaign in South Florida Friday, her other half, former President Bill Clinton, will be all over North Florida, making appearances. Both Clintons will be in the Sunshine State through the end of the work week. The campaign announced earlier that Bill Clinton would visit Panama…

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Improved South Florida excited to face No. 13 Florida State

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South Florida’s Willie Taggart rejects the notion that facing Florida State is his team’s biggest challenge of the season. The fourth-year coach understands what upsetting the 13th-ranked Seminoles could mean for the national perception of his program, however he insists the Bulls are approaching the Saturday matchup as they do every game on their schedule. “When things were tough and it was hard to win around here, you had to find ways to motivate your guys to go out and…

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By the numbers: Florida State-South Florida preview capsule

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No. 13 Florida State (2-1) at South Florida (3-0), Noon (ABC) Line: Florida State by 6. Series Record: Florida State leads 2-1. WHAT’S AT STAKE Florida State aims to bounce back from a 43-point loss to Louisville that cost the Seminoles the No. 2 ranking and maybe any shot they have of winding up in the College Football Playoff. South Florida, 3-0 for the first time under coach Willie Taggart, hopes to state its case on national television for wide…

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FSU focuses on problems ahead vs USF

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The last time Florida State lost a game by 30-plus points, it had an entire offseason to get over it. The Seminoles don’t have that luxury this time. Just about 48 hours after the 63-20 beating at Louisville , coach Jimbo Fisher was trying to move past being shell shock and address the glaring problems as his 13th-ranked Seminoles prepare for Saturday’s game at South Florida. “Ranting and raving and yelling isn’t going to do anything right now,” Fisher said,…

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Florida population to reach nearly 21 million by end of 2016, report says

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Florida’s population will hit 20.7 million by the end of the year, according to a report released Wednesday by commercial real estate services company Cushman & Wakefield. The Sunshine State has grown by more than 2 percent over the past 12 months, with more than 1,000 people moving to Florida each day. Many new residents are coming in from Puerto Rico, where tough economic conditions have forced families to seek opportunities elsewhere. Fort Myers has the highest growth rate among…

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South Florida, Orlando, Fort Myers lead Florida’s growth

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In the years since Florida’s population growth dropped to its lowest level in decades, the state’s expansion has rebounded the most in inland communities in South Florida, the suburbs of Orlando and the Fort Myers area, according to figures released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. The Florida cities, towns, villages and places with populations greater than 20,000 people grew the fastest from 2010 to 2015 in Parkland, Cooper City and Doral in South Florida; St. Cloud, Ocoee and Winter…

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