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FPL Power Shut-Offs Resume as Thousands of Floridians Struggle to Pay Bills

Florida Power and Light resumed disconnections on Oct. 1 - seven months after halting them due to Covid-19 - leaving thousands of residents without power. "We have a big household and currently only my dad is working," said Miami resident Wendy Alfaro. Alfaro is a college student trying to make ends meet in the middle […]

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Legislators tell Florida utility regulators to “step up” on shutoffs moratorium

Two state legislators are calling on Florida utility regulators and Gov. Ron DeSantis to “step up” on an electricity shutoff moratorium and relief from accumulating unpaid balances for thousands of Floridians who are behind on their power bills. Their comments come the same day as the Florida Public Service Commission’s staff recommended that the board […]

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Advocates draw attention to climate change’s main impact

Within the week, a candy-colored miniature lifeguard stand in front of the Frost Museum of Science will melt, revealing a message that hints at Florida’s future if climate change isn’t curbed: “More heat, less beaches.” Similar wax statues — including a Florida Panther and her cub and a grandfather and his granddaughter — are set […]

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‘Heat Of Florida Will Kill Many More’

Climate change and concerns over global warming took center stage Wednesday at the Frost Science Museum in Downtown Miami. “The climate crisis is our greatest challenge. We may think otherwise, until we reflect on the warming world we are facing. These greenhouse gases have got to be stopped,” said Caroline Lewis, founder of the CLEO […]

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What Happens When a Pandemic Meets a Heat Wave

Extreme summer temperatures target the same communities most vulnerable to Covid-19. Where can people go when staying indoors with air conditioning isn’t safe? On a sweltering Sunday afternoon in North Miami, Carmen Arocho, 54, has taken her four grandchildren to a nearby supermarket — not to get groceries but to escape the oppressive heat that’s been […]

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Housing Activists Call for 90-Day Extension to Eviction Moratorium

Housing reform activists called Thursday for Gov. Ron DeSantis to extend the state's moratorium on evictions and foreclosures by 90 days, an action they said would help relieve the mounting anxiety shared by thousands of Floridians at risk of being booted from their homes amid the coronavirus crisis. The governor has twice extended the moratorium, which […]

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Calls to test and house Miami’s homeless grow louder during coronavirus pandemic

Pedro Machado’s cheeks rose from behind a blue surgical mask as he described how grateful he was to have a chance to wash up and change. “We’re street people, so we tend to get a little dirtier each day,” he said Friday afternoon, sitting in the middle of a service center run by volunteers outside […]

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Amid coronavirus crisis, Ron DeSantis suspends foreclosures and evictions for 45 days

Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order Thursday suspending home foreclosures and evictions for 45 days. DeSantis’ order suspends all statutes “providing for a mortgage foreclosure cause of action.” For evictions, the order only specifies tenants may not be removed for nonpayment, indicating evictions for other reasons will still be in bounds. At a press conference Thursday […]

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The Growing Movement For Housing Justice

“Having a safe, quality, affordable home was the necessary foundation to allow me to be who I am today,” Celeste Scott, an organizer with the organization Pittsburgh United told a crowd gathered outside the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) last week. “I am proud of my public housing upbringing. That upbringing allows me to stand […]

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Miami recommits to reducing emissions by 2050

With sea level rise already lapping at its door, the city of Miami made its first significant commitment to address the root cause of climate change, not just the symptoms.  The city government plans to go carbon neutral by 2050, a pledge that will change everything from what city employees drive to how the city […]

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