0 Comments By Jon Kamp Jon Kamp The Wall Street Journal BiographyJon Kamp @jon_kamp [email protected] Sept. 7, 2018 5:30 a.m. ET Most nursing homes in Florida are still working to meet new backup-power rules, which were triggered by a dozen patient deaths after Hurricane Irma knocked out air conditioning at their residence a year ago. About 75% of Florida’s 684 nursing homes received a seven-month extension beyond a June 1 deadline to put in place a permanent emergency-power plan, according to state data. All of the nursing homes are still considered compliant because extensions require them to keep temperatures at or below 81 degrees for at least 96 hours after a power loss through temporary measures. Fewer of the state’s roughly 3,100 assisted-living facilities have needed extra time. More than 90% are compliant. Among the laggards, about 270 of them haven’t implemented emergency plans or gotten extensions, according to state data. Florida’s … [Read more...] about A Year After Hurricane Irma, Most Florida Nursing Homes Still Working on Emergency Power Plans
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Eve Samples Treasure Coast Newspapers Published 4:05 p.m. UTC Aug 23, 2018 Courtney Crowley was born and raised in Florida. And when Hurricane Irma approached the peninsula last September, she did what Floridians do. "You get your supplies, you put them at home, you make a plan," says the 33-year-old Fort Myers resident. Then you decide if you're staying put. That's where it got complicated for her. Crowley and her husband initially planned to ride out the storm at their home in a wooded neighborhood not far from the Orange River. Then, less than 48 hours before Irma's landfall, they regretted the choice. The storm's projected path had shifted toward Southwest Florida, and its intensity was still terrifying. "We can’t stay here," Crowley's husband told her. "We have so many trees, we have got to go.” So they packed their dogs (three black mouth curs), two cats, a few books, clothes, computers and … [Read more...] about A year after Hurricane Irma, ‘some of us are just getting home’
Thaddeus Mast Naples Daily News Published 12:06 p.m. UTC Jul 20, 2018 The reality of Hurricane Irma’s devastation on Bonita Springs’ finances hit city council, spurring a renewed search for money and talk of raising taxes. Cleanup costs and park repairs cost close to $8 million, draining all disaster reserve money. Almost a year after the hurricane, the city has nearly refilled the emergency fund at a great cost to its day-to-day budget. That fund cannot be tapped to cover operating expenses. More: 3 Bonita budget priorities you need to know Also: Bonita considers new citywide fee to fight flooding That means the city has almost no cash on hand. Bonita's unassigned fund balance, which had nearly $5 million before Hurricane Irma hit Southwest Florida, likely will be empty when the new budget year begins — unless the City Council brings in more money. The unassigned fund was a safety net, allowing the City Council to pay for important … [Read more...] about Bonita Springs might raise property taxes. The city blames Hurricane Irma.
Laura Layden Naples Published 6:33 p.m. UTC Jun 13, 2018 Florida's citrus growers have essentially wrapped up one of the worst seasons they've seen since the 1940s. The latest citrus forecast from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows orange production is down nearly 35 percent from the previous season. Grapefruit fared even worse, with production coming in at half of what it was in the prior season. Much of the blame is put on Hurricane Irma. The massive storm walloped citrus crops across Florida when it made landfall in September. Groves in Southwest Florida were especially hard hit. In the 2017-18 season, Florida growers produced 44.95 million 90-pound boxes of oranges and 3.88 million similarly sized boxes of grapefruit, along with 750,000 boxes of tangerines, tangelos and other specialty fruit. The combined 49.58 million boxes is the smallest number recorded since the 1941-42 season, when growers filled 48.65 … [Read more...] about ‘Horrible’ season — hurt by Hurricane Irma — ends for Florida’s citrus growers
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