Hurricane Ian caused an estimated $1 billion in agriculture damages
A soon-to-be-released report will estimate Florida’s agriculture industry sustained about $1.07 billion in damages from Hurricane Ian, with growers of citrus, vegetable and horticultural crops taking the biggest hits from the wind, rains and flooding.sun-sentinel.com
Florida emergency chief wants changes for disaster response after damage from Hurricanes Ian and Nicole
Florida’s emergency-management director wants lawmakers to make changes to help with disaster preparation and response, pointing to issues that have arisen as the state recovers from Hurricane Ian and Hurricane Nicole.sun-sentinel.com
Florida Senate OKs insurance bail-out with no promises for policyholders
The Florida Senate on Tuesday rammed through an industry-friendly insurance reform bill in just two days that supporters said will stabilize an ailing market but opponents said would rob homeowners of their right to sue over claims disputes and broken contracts.sun-sentinel.com
Best travel options to vacation on Florida’s west coast after Hurricane Ian
Southwest Florida, home to famed vacation spots, bore the brunt of Hurricane Ian’s brutal wrath. The area is now in recovery mode. If you’re interested in supporting the local economy, here’s a look at the status of recovery, and your travel options in the coming months.sun-sentinel.com
Agency details the top concerns in Florida’s troubled insurance market
With Florida lawmakers poised to start a special legislative session, a financial-ratings agency issued a report Thursday that warned about the possibility of additional insolvencies of property insurers and said long-term changes are needed in the state’s troubled insurance market.sun-sentinel.com
US visitors drive Florida tourism at record pace but international travel not as quick to recover
U.S. visitors continued to drive Florida’s tourism industry at a record pace, while international travel still struggled to reach pre-pandemic levels, according to newly released figures for the third quarter of 2022.sun-sentinel.com
Federal flood maps in Florida fall short, researchers say as Tropical Storm Nicole approaches
Hurricane Ian caused flooding across the state in late September. Now, Florida faces more flooding as Tropical Storm Nicole is poised to hit the East Coast and move up the state. But North Carolina State University researchers say federal flood maps underestimate the risks of flooding in Florida and other states.sun-sentinel.com
FWC assisting Southwest Florida with Hurricane Ian recovery efforts
In the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, the focus of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) was on search and rescue, cleanup, and the safety of Florida’s residents and visitors. Since then, the FWC has sent three waves of officers to assist with recovery efforts for the communities in the Southwest as well as establish a hotline for reporting displaced vessels still on Florida state waters because of Hurricane Ian. When Hurricane Ian swept across the state, thousands of vessels were displaced by wind and storm surge. Hurricane Ian impacted a major portion of the Florida fishing community, and we will be with them every step of the way as they rebuild stronger than before. The impacts of Hurricane Ian will be felt for years to come.communitynewspapers.com
Ian killed more Floridians than most recent major hurricanes. Its indirect death count could reach the thousands.
While people tend to focus on the direct casualties after a major hurricane, it is the indirect deaths that often claim the most lives. Hurricane Ian's indirect deaths could number in the thousands.sun-sentinel.com
Babies on board choppers: The behind-the-scenes scramble to take in hospital patients from the hurricane-battered Gulf coast
In the wake of one of the most powerful hurricanes to hit Florida, the scramble to transfer patients from Southwest Florida hospitals shows the massive effort required to respond to a medical emergency on a grand scale, even in the age of technology.sun-sentinel.com
Hurricane Ian decimates SWFL; UM’s SWFL community reacts
At 3:05 p.m. on Sept. 28, Hurricane Ian made landfall over Florida as a category 4 storm battering the SWFL barrier islands of Fort Myers Beach, Pine Island, Sanibel Island, Captiva Island and Cayo Costa. Diamond worries that this will limit the ability of Pine Island and Matlacha to recover from Hurricane Ian as quickly as Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel. “I probably saw more debris on Pine Island than any place I’d been other than Fort Myers Beach,” DeSantis said. Hurricane Ian relief has been undertaken in mass scale through the Miami-Dade County partnership with the Global Empowerment Mission from their Doral headquarters. With the help of our trusted partnerships, we were able to acquire a central distribution hub and service those affected by Hurricane Ian.themiamihurricane.com
DeSantis’ white go-go boots aren’t the problem. It’s his relentless politicking amid Ian’s rubble | Opinion
No, I don’t care if Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis shows up to a disaster wearing white boots evocative of the go-go dancer footwear I adored in junior high school, now sold online as a Halloween costume.news.yahoo.com
The last moments of Hurricane Ian's victims, told in grim details by Florida medical examiners
A 96-year-old Charlotte County man found trapped under a car in high water is the oldest victim of Hurricane Ian’s deadly course through Southwest Florida, whose wrath is now revealed in a grim spreadsheet compiled by the state’s medical examiners’ commission.news.yahoo.com
‘We are tired, dirty and hungry’: Hurricane Ian survivors leave Fort Myers Beach on foot
Feeling increasingly isolated in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, Fort Myers Beach residents and renters continued to exit their devastated island by foot Sunday, four days after a 10-foot storm surge driven by 150 mph winds inundated Southwest Florida’s coastal communities.news.yahoo.com
Ian turned, Southwest Florida scrambled. Was there enough time to leave?
Southwest Florida’s ultra-compressed timeline — from that realization to evacuating its residents — highlights the challenges that accompanied Hurricane Ian, a behemoth storm with a constantly changing forecast and a last-minute eastward shift.sun-sentinel.com
Ian was a ‘one of a kind’ hurricane, showing the deadly monstrosity of storm surge
When historians look back on Hurricane Ian, the storm is likely to be in a category of its own, leaving tens of billions of dollars in property damage and an as-yet-unknown death toll in its wake. “There’s not one storm that combines the devastating surge with extreme rainfall elsewhere,” a meteorologist says.sun-sentinel.com
Causeway to Sanibel Island severed as Florida wakes up to Ian’s trail of destruction
As Ian continued its destructive trek across Florida, over a million households across the state awoke on Thursday without electricity as residents and emergency crews along the Gulf Coast began to assess the toppled buildings, flooded streets and crippled infrastructure.news.yahoo.com
Hurricane Ian Leaves Trapped Florida Residents Pleading for Rescue as ‘Hundreds’ Feared Dead
Joe Raedle/GettyThe full scale of the disaster unleashed by Hurricane Ian on Florida began to emerge Thursday with hundreds feared dead after catastrophic flooding trapped residents in their homes, destroyed critical infrastructure, and left over 2 million people without power.The fifth-strongest hurricane to ever hit the U.S. when measured by wind speed, Ian tore into the Southwest Florida coast with violent gales, an epic storm surge, and as much as a foot of rain being dropped over some areasnews.yahoo.com
MLB cuts spring training travel, drops college opponents
(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)NEW YORK – Major League Baseball revamped its spring training exhibition schedule because of the pandemic, cutting travel for Florida-based teams in an effort to minimize coronavirus risks. College baseball teams, which often play big league clubs but are not subject to major league testing protocols, were dropped from the revised schedules announced Friday. Split-squad games, traditionally used in the first half of the exhibition season to allow evaluation of more players, also were eliminated. Pitchers and catchers open spring training workouts Wednesday, and the exhibition season starts Feb. 28, two days later than initially announced on Sept. 16. The rejected plan would have pushed back the start of spring training until March 22.
This Week in South Florida: Mario Diaz-Balart
PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – On Monday the House of Representatives is scheduled to deliver to the Senate the Article of Impeachment charging now-former President Donald Trump with inciting an insurrection. Congress faces that upcoming trial as it works with a new president, new goals and a new plan to overcome the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the former president’s staunchest supporters in South Florida is Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, a Republican representing southern Miami-Dade County and the Southwest Florida coast. He joined This Week in South Florida hosts Glenna Milberg and Michael Putney, and their discussion can be seen at the top of this page.
City of Naples closing beaches; cars from Broward, Dade spotted
NAPLES, Fla. – Naples in Southwest Florida will be closing its beaches Sunday at 12:01 a.m. after a weekend of crowded beaches was too much for the city amid concerns over the spread of coronavirus. Naples’ beaches reopened Monday, May 4. City of Naples is closing City beaches at midnight. The City Council called an emergency meeting at 1 p.m. Monday to address the emergency beach closure order. Price told the television station that he took photos and many of the cars had dealership plates from Broward and Dade counties.
Efforts underway to raise Alzheimer's awareness in underserved Florida communities.
A recent grant from the state provided the funding necessary for the Brain Bus to travel to every county in Florida. More than 10% of people over the age of 65 have Alzheimer's disease and it affects nearly half of all people over the age of 85. "I saw the transition from him being able to drive to seeing him lock himself out of the house and forget where he was going and trying to say words but not being able to say words," she said. "I have thrown myself into the Alzheimer's Association to find out what I can learn, where to go. She's glad to see outreach efforts like the Brain Bus providing help and support in the community.
Raising awareness for Alzheimer's across South Florida
For over a decade, a converted motor home called the Brain Bus has been making the rounds across Southwest Florida providing education and resources on the spot for people concerned about Alzheimer's... Copyright 2019 by WPLG Local10.com - All rights reserved.