Today on Context Florida: Higher education, hurricanes, Pensacon and loopholes

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Today on Context Florida:

The cost of higher education has become a top issue in federal government circles, writes Ed Moore, but what is really needed is a robust and detailed discussion about why things cost more today than they did even a decade ago.

It has been more than eight years since Florida experienced a catastrophic hurricane or tropical storm, says Donovan Brown, and new residents may not be aware of the sheer destruction and disruption resulting from such a catastrophic storm. Remember, it only takes one storm to transform a community, neighborhood or individual life completely.

Pensacon is the sci-fi, comic book, fantasy, horror and gaming pop culture convention that packed the Pensacola Bay Center in its first year, pumping $1,408,108 into the local economy during tourism’s slow season. Shannon Nickinson says if Pensacola is smart, the city will help it stay there.

According to Gary Stein, the “Vote No on 2” may be unwittingly helping Amendment 2 to succeed. By listing four “loopholes” in the amendment’s language, it is giving the Legislature the tools necessary to make the medical marijuana system work, once passed.

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