Unite Florida Portal now open for state shelter and housing assistance
Launched Monday, the Unite Florida Recovery Portal is designed to connect Floridians affected by Hurricane Ian with key recovery resources, including housing support. Florida’s state-led shelter and housing program is available at IanRecovery.fl.gov and provides temporary shelter options — such as travel trailers and recreational vehicles — and temporary or permanent repairs for households whose needs are not covered by insurance or FEMA’s individual assistance program . More from WUSF.
AAA predicts the busiest Thanksgiving travel season for Floridians since 2005
AAA predicts that more than 2.9 million Floridians will travel 50 miles or more for Thanksgiving. That’s 50,000 (2%) more than last year’s holiday and nearly 22,000 (0.74%) more than in 2019. Nationally, the AAA expects 54.6 million Americans to travel 50 miles or more from home this Thanksgiving, which is slightly below pre-pandemic levels, but the Florida Thanksgiving travel season is expected to be the busiest since 2005. More from WUSF.
Florida home sales fell nearly 25% in October, nearly 30% nationally
The decline in what was quite recently one of the hottest real estate markets in the country is largely a result of the Federal Reserve’s efforts to curb inflation with months of rate hikes. According to Freddie Mac, the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was 6.9% in October, compared to 3.07% a year ago. More from the Business Observer.
Carriers are delighted with on-time deliveries during the holiday season
After two years under the pressure of the holiday crisis, carriers like the US Postal Service, FedEx and United Parcel finally expect to have enough capacity to return to pre-pandemic levels. More from the Orlando Sentinel.
Which teachers actually get a big pay raise from the state of Florida?
“Governor DeSantis has provided Florida families with historic K-12 funding and increased teacher pay,” says part of a campaign ad. “Not for everyone,” says Stephanie Rowe, a science teacher in St. Johns County, “maybe for new teachers, new hires.” $47,500 would be the lowest salary for Florida teachers and for many teachers that is a huge increase. In fact, raising teacher salaries was a central theme of a campaign ad for Governor Ron DeSantis. More from the First Coast News.
The transition from truck driver to CBD sales has been a healing journey
Local hemp farmer Tyler Griffin said his path to helping people heal from pain and other discomforts has been full of interesting twists. Griffin is the owner and founder of Southern Sun, a company that specializes in high-quality, all-natural, and affordable CBD products. The hemp used to produce Southern Sun’s products is homegrown on his family’s farm in Archer, Florida.
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When her high school counselor said college was out of the picture for academic reasons, Felecia Hatcher applied for and received more than $100,000 in scholarships, prompting her mother’s friends, her church, and high schools to ask her other students to assist. So she founded a company to do just that. “I thought, ‘Hey, I came up with this. Let me share what I know.’ I also realized that so much of it just wasn’t listening to anyone who said just go get a job or go to vocational school or get relegated to something that has no chance,” says Hatcher, who attended Lynn University. everything from a mindset standpoint to that lesson I learned at age 17.”
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