Tropical Storm Eta makes landfall on Florida’s west coast, bringing blustery rain

Tropical Storm Eta continued its trek across Florida on Thursday, bringing more rain and wind after making landfall near Cedar Key early in the day. 

Late season tropical storm Eta hits Florida again



Eta came onshore about 4 a.m. with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph.

As the storm moved across the state, residents in North Florida saw heavy rain and gusty wind. Eta emerged out into the western Atlantic on Thursday afternoon.

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Immediate reports of roofs being torn off homes and flooded streets poured in from the region, AccuWeather said. More than 7,000 customers along the western coast of the state were without power as of Thursday afternoon, according to Duke Energy.

The storm was expected to accelerate over the western Atlantic and move parallel to but offshore

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Florida’s percent positive rate climbs past 8 percent again

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The percent positive rate for new cases of coronavirus in Florida climbed to 8 percent on Monday for the second time in three days.

On Monday, it hit 8.01 percent out of more than 45,000 tests.

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The fewer number of tests could be attributed to a number of COVID-19 testing centers shutting down in the wake of Tropical Storm Eta.  On Saturday, the state saw nearly 117,000 Floridians take a COVID-19 test and a rate of 6.23 percent.

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The state reported a total of 847,821 total cases of the virus, an increase of 3,924 over the day before.  The number of new deaths also climbed by 58, for a statewide total of 17,391.

Palm Beach County, Martin County, and Okeechobee County each reported one new death.

Here’s a

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Orlando attorney John Morgan celebrates Florida’s minimum wage hike, explains beef with Andrew Gillum

ORLANDO, Fla. – It’s the amendment many say will change their lives and finally give them a living wage.

Amendment 2 will raise the minimum wage in Florida to $15 an hour. It will happen in stages so the process will take until 2026 to get to that amount.

While many workers in the service industry are saying it’s about time, others are saying we shouldn’t be so quick to celebrate because it could have dire consequences for businesses. Some say those businesses will have to cut jobs and raise prices on products, leaving the consumer digging deeper into their wallets.

But, the man firmly behind this fight, high profile attorney John Morgan, said the threat of layoffs and price hikes are just scare tactics.

Morgan, who also led the fight to legalize medical marijuana in Florida, also put his name and $6 million of his money behind Amendment 2.

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Is This the Return of South Florida’s Condo Market?

MIAMI—Over the past six months, all eyes have been on South Florida’s single family home market, which jumped by 25% in Q2 compared to condo sales. However, single-family home inventory is now at an all-time low, pushing buyers back towards condos and spurring a leap in condo sales.

RelatedISG International Realty recently reported condo sales in Miami, Broward and Palm Beach County were up by 31% in new transactions this October compared to October of 2019.

South Florida just ranked No. 4 on the national list top relocation destinations during the pandemic and the numbers back it up, according to a prepared release. The tri county area saw a total of 1,503 condo sales between October 1st and 21st of this year, signaling high activity in the condo market and the beginnings of a rapid recovery.

Several South Florida developments, including Natiivo Miami and ALINA Residences Boca Raton, have seen

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What you can get for under $1 million on Florida’s Emerald Coast

Florida’s Emerald Coast is known for its white-sand beaches, the hue of its water and quality fishing, so it may be no surprise that the local real estate market has seen a surge of interest as the COVID-19 pandemic leaves many Americans desperate for places to safely enjoy the outdoors.

Located on a stretch of the Florida Panhandle, the Emerald Coast has long been a popular vacation spot, with communities including Destin and Fort Walton Beach. Earlier this year, Grayton Beach State Park was named the best beach in the U.S. And just this week, The Wall Street Journal declared the region “Florida’s crown jewel.”

The pandemic did slow the local real estate market in the spring, with closings down 50.8% in April from a year earlier, according to the

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Pinellas County leaders to discuss impact of ending of Florida’s eviction moratorium

Pinellas County leaders to discuss the ending of Florida’s eviction moratorium

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — Florida could soon become the center of foreclosures in the United States.

The state currently ranks second in the nation in foreclosure filings only behind South Carolina.

Governor Ron DeSantis imposed a moratorium on evictions and foreclosure at the state of the pandemic. After extending it five times, he let it expire October 1.

Several Pinellas County leaders are coming together Friday morning to discuss the impact ending Florida’s eviction moratorium could have in the Tampa Bay area.

A major reason for the governor’s decision was the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued its own moratorium which protects certain renters impacted by the coronavirus through the end of the year.

Because the CDC order is more limited than Florida’s was, many official fear a wave of evictions and foreclosures will occur over the coming

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Florida’s foreclosure rate second highest in the U.S., filings increase as courts open

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — A moratorium on foreclosures offers protection to families unable to pay their mortgages because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But I-Team Investigator Kylie McGivern found foreclosure filings are on the rise with Florida currently ranked second in the nation.

While some experts say this is different than the Great Recession, others are bracing for another housing crash.

Rick Sharga, the executive vice president of RealtyTrac, which publishes a nationwide database of foreclosure properties, told the I-Team that foreclosures have dropped dramatically because of the protections.

“We’re in a very unusual time right now, because of the enormous efforts that the government and the industry have put in place to prevent foreclosures from happening,” Sharga said.

According to data from RealtyTrac’s parent company, ATTOM Data Solutions, as of September, Florida had the second-highest foreclosure rate in the country behind South Carolina.

“Florida is definitely an outlier. Most states

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South Florida’s median home price has hit an all-time high: $425,000 for a house

For the second month in a row, South Florida residential sales are beating out 2019. They’re also driving up prices, bringing the median price for a single-family home in Miami-Dade and Broward counties to $425,000 — the highest ever.


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The total number of home sales was up more than 12% in September 2020 over September 2019 sales in both Miami-Dade County and Broward, according to the Miami Association of Realtors. That follows a similar increase in August — welcome relief after the four-month decline in previous months.

“We are seeing tremendous influx coming in from outside of Miami, and in a way a revaluation from people in Miami. This is the first time that people have spent this much time at home,” said Jessica Adams, global real estate adviser with One Sotheby’s International Realty. Adams focuses on single-family homes in Coconut Grove and Coral Gables.


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As South Florida’s housing market booms, signs of a slowdown have agents worried about a bursting bubble

The housing market in South Florida has been booming for much of 2020 — sparked by low interest rates, high demand and low inventory — but real estate experts say they consider the trend a bubble that probably won’t last.

a bridge over a body of water surrounded by trees: Eight months in to the pandemic and the housing market in Broward County has been booming for those selling single family homes.

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Eight months in to the pandemic and the housing market in Broward County has been booming for those selling single family homes.

Single-family homes have been spinning on and off the market at a fast pace, with many sellers getting offers above asking price from buyers who are taking advantage of historically low interest rates, real estate agents say.


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In Broward County, single-family home sales in September were 24.9 percent higher than September 2019, and the median sale price rose 15.6 percent to $425,000, according to the Broward, Palm Beaches & St. Lucie Association of Realtors.

Outside of Broward

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Florida’s economy has entered a ‘partial recovery.’ Here’s how that’s playing out

Florida’s economy regained ground over the summer as businesses reopened and rehired. But it has hardly returned to its robust pre-pandemic state.

a man standing in a room: Experts say Florida’s economy entered a ‘partial recovery.' Pictured is Josh Wheeler, 19, filling out an employment form before his interview at the Hard Rock Event Center in Tampa in September. | [SCOTT KEELER | Times]

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Experts say Florida’s economy entered a ‘partial recovery.’ Pictured is Josh Wheeler, 19, filling out an employment form before his interview at the Hard Rock Event Center in Tampa in September. | [SCOTT KEELER | Times]

With days to go before the national election, the economic fallout from business shutdowns aimed at halting the spread of COVID-19 remains a central focus of the national debate.


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While the early months of the pandemic were characterized by widespread unemployment, plummeting tourism and spiking delinquencies on power bills and mortgages, late summer and early fall saw a smoothing out of those numbers.

The result is what economists are calling a “partial recovery.”

Retail spending made gains over the past few months, and

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