Brazil Experts Warn South Florida The Amazon Crisis Not As Distant As It Seems
The haunting pictures of smoke in Brazil this week have made the world aware of the emergency level of Amazon deforestation. Brazil experts here warn South Floridians this crisis is not as distant as it seems.
Lights, Camera, Incentives: Florida Counties Sweeten The Pot For Filmmakers
Numerous films and TV shows have been filmed in Florida through the years, from Burn Notice and Miami Vice to The Truman Show, The Punisher and Scarface. The state used to entice producers with financial incentives. That program ended a few years ago, and many productions set in Florida have moved elsewhere. Some of the state's largest counties are now offering their own incentives. Ben Affleck’s 2016 gangster film Live By Night was a critical and commercial flop, losing over $75 million. Set in Tampa's Ybor City neighborhood in the 1920s and 30s, Affleck (who directed) found it cheaper to recreate Ybor in Brunswick, Georgia. “You've got to juggle what's worth more to you: Do you want another 10 cars and 200 extras or do you want one less shooting day? There's that kind of math that goes into it,” Affleck told the Tampa Bay Times just before the film’s release. That math, according to Affleck, included Georgia’s tax incentives. Films and TV productions can apply for a 30% rebate on
An 'Agrihood' In Wellington Looks To Bring Suburbanites Closer To The Source Of Their Food
Palm Beach County has its share of spacious, suburban houses – especially in the areas west of the coastline, where land is cheaper and more plentiful. It also has plenty of farms, producing crops that range from Florida’s famous sugarcane to sweet corn, lettuce and tropical fruits. A planned community in Wellington is hoping to find success by combining the two. Arden bills itself as an “agrihood,” a master-planned community of 2,000 homes centered around a five-acre farm and barn. That area is managed by two farmers, who are responsible for providing that link between residents and the food grown in their community farm. "One of the key components to our position – beyond production – is weaving the farm into people’s lifestyle," said Carmen Franz, who co-manages the farm with her husband, Tripp Eldridge. "How do we engage with the community, what kinds of educational opportunities are we going to provide?" It resembles other gated communities in the area – like golf-centered planned
Still Rebuilding In The Keys, Almost Two Years After Irma
Almost two years ago, Hurricane Irma destroyed or did major damage to more than 4,000 homes in the Florida Keys. It also devastated many hotels, especially in the Middle and Upper Keys.
Lawsuit Led By Broward City May Transform Rules On Enacting Local Gun Laws
As the city of Weston's Monday commission meeting clocked out early the next morning, City Attorney Jamie Cole discussed updates on a lawsuit that could potentially change the course of gun legislation statewide.