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State Agencies Study Sea Level Rise Impact


Experts from a range of state agencies gathered Wednesday to share their research on sea level rise. Parts of Florida could face sea level rise of up to five feet by the end of the century. The threat is most acute in low-lying South Florida but extends statewide. In Central Florida rising seas could threaten the Kennedy Space Center. A Department of Health report raises concerns about health problems associated with tainted water and damaged infrastructure. The Panhandle is one of the regions most at risk because there’s less access to public water and sewage disposal. The Department of Environmental Protection is partnering with Florida’s five water management districts to explore how sea level rise might endanger the water supply. …
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Labor Unions Focus on I-4 Corridor This Election Season


The nation’s largest federation of unions is focusing on Central Florida this election season. The president of the AFL-CIO says the group is rallying voters along the vital I-4 corridor in support of important issues to workers like the minimum wage. The AFL-CIO represents 56 labor unions and 12.5 million workers. President Richard Trumka says Florida is vital as the group advocates for a higher minimum wage, immigration reform and other issues important to the middle class. “The economy is not like the weather. The economy is just a bunch of rules. Those rules decide who the winners are and who the losers are, and those rules are made up by men and women we elect. That’s why elections matter.” …
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