Today on Context Florida: Bruce Beach, Medicaid, Democrats and Easter & education

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Today on Context Florida: City officials are finalizing a lease agreement to build a fish hatchery and research facility on city-owned property at Bruce Beach, says Shannon Nickinson, but they have been talking about it since June of 2011. What if the City Council, a much different group than the one in 2011, rejects the terms?

Because Florida Republican officials are refusing federal Medicaid dollars, Marc Yacht writes, about 1.3 million low-income Florida residents will not get health-care coverage. Elected officials who continue to fight Obamacare, he adds, could pay heavily at the polls.

If the Democratic brand cannot at least try building affinity and loyalty, both locally and elsewhere, regardless of demographics and against all odds, Daniel Tilson believes it is the reason why No Party Affiliation continues to be the hottest, fastest-growing brand around.

Easter is a perfect time to reflect on how as a community, Florida has not given up on improving education for all students, according to Peter Schorsch. Florida chose a course with high ideals, a hope for all students, and a time-tested way to getting there.

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