Florida: A State of Contradictions in the Eyes of Residents
Florida, with its pristine beaches and year-round warm climate, has long been a popular destination for people seeking a change of scenery. However, recent data suggests that the state is also topping the lists of places where residents want to leave and relocate from. In a study conducted by moving company SelfStorage, Florida emerged as the state that Americans are both eager to move to and eager to leave, according to Google search data.
One factor contributing to the desire to leave is the rising cost of living in the state. Rent prices have been steadily increasing, putting a strain on residents’ wallets. Additionally, Florida’s vulnerability to hurricanes has been a cause for concern, especially in recent years when the state experienced unruly hurricane seasons. These natural disasters have disrupted power supply and caused widespread damage, leading to frustration among residents.
Political turmoil is another issue that has made some residents consider leaving the Sunshine State. The state’s controversial new laws and the constant upheaval in the political landscape have left many feeling unsettled. However, it’s important to note that these sentiments are subjective and may not reflect the views of all Floridians.
In a recent development, Florida Power & Light (FPL) has taken advantage of a newly passed law to seek the dismissal of a class-action lawsuit related to power outages during Hurricane Irma. The law provides legal protection to utilities, stating that they are not liable for damages resulting from changes in the quality or continuity of services during emergencies or disasters. FPL’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit highlights the authority of the Florida Public Service Commission to address concerns regarding disaster preparedness and response.
On a more positive note, Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium have taken steps to protect sea turtles from unintended boat strikes. They have established a voluntary Sea Turtle Protection Zone in waters off Sarasota County, with hopes of raising public awareness and reducing turtle mortality. This initiative marks Sarasota as the second county, after Palm Beach, to implement such protection zones.
In financial news, Jacksonville-based Fidelity National Information Services Inc. (FIS) is reportedly nearing the sale of its Worldpay unit, following disappointing results. FIS had acquired Worldpay for $43 billion in 2019 as part of its expansion strategy but has since faced challenges. The potential sale could have significant implications for both FIS and the banking technology industry.
In an effort to address Miami’s housing crisis, Miami investment management company Leste Group and Brazil’s Opportunity Fundo de Investimento Imobiliário are collaborating to build over $1 billion worth of apartment buildings in the city over the next five years. With soaring prices, rents, and limited housing supply, this partnership aims to provide much-needed housing options for Miami residents.
Florida remains a state of contradictions, attracting newcomers with its natural beauty and warm climate, while also grappling with issues that prompt some residents to seek greener pastures elsewhere. The state’s ability to address these challenges will determine whether it continues to thrive as a desirable destination for both newcomers and long-time residents.