Today on Context Florida: Marco Rubio, ROMEOs, telehealth and Old Stinky

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Today on Context Florida:

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio says that if parents had arrived in America in 2006 rather than 1956, they would likely be among those struggling to access opportunity and stay afloat financially. They were fortunate to arrive at a time when plenty of jobs were available to people without much education and when their modest wages could meet the cost of living. Times have changed since then, but that does not mean the American Dream has to.

Mark O’Brien sees one group everywhere he goes in Florida, known as ROMEOs — Retired Old Men Eating Out. He wonders why many old guys complain so much. Sure, decline and death are on the horizon, but most have had great lives, and they are still alive and kicking.

For Florida, Mark Wilson says innovation – such as telehealth — is more than an experiment in the latest trends. Innovation improves the lives of consumers and creates jobs and economic opportunity. When it comes to better health-care outcomes, disruptive innovation can be an issue for consumers and our state’s competitiveness.

Shannon Nickinson asks what happens when the residents of Pensacola will not have the Main Street wastewater-treatment plant site to kick around anymore. For at least the last decade, everything that was wrong with Pensacola ties to Old Stinky, a sewer plant that sat on the downtown Pensacola waterfront for at least 70 years.

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