Today on Context Florida: Bruce Beach, property insurance, Tally vs. D.C. and missing the CD 13 election

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Today on Context Florida: Pensacola’s Bruce Beach deserves to be more than just a dumping ground for waste and fill dirt, says Shannon Nickinson, but instead it should have a “useful future.” City and county officials are beginning to ask questions about that future, and it shows that after decades of taking whatever industry they could get, no matter the impact on the environment and quality of life, they are thinking critically about what will become the Pensacola coastline.

Although Florida property insurance market continues to make strides, Donovan Brown says there is still some work to do. Homeowner insurance rates are starting to stabilize, and may continue to do so for the near future, especially if storms continue to bypass Florida and fraud does not escalate.

The differences between Washington D.C. and Tallahassee are considerable, says Ed Moore, not only in culture, but also in rhythm, processes and style. In Florida, there isn’t a constant flow of going in and out of session; issues tend to stick around for a while, with committees taking “bites” from each a little at a time.

Florida’s 13th Congressional District special election was a “November-to-March affair to remember,” writes Peter Schorsch. It’s been more than a week since the election and life just hasn’t been the same since.

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