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As poverty rises, South Florida organization for the homeless starts feeding neighbors, too

Jan 19, 2021
The number of people showing up for free hot meals has more than doubled since the pandemic began, the CEO of HOPE South Florida says.
A rise in poverty and homelessness has become a major concern as the pandemic recession has left millions of people without jobs. Above, a person in Miami sleeps on a sidewalk in 2001.
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Floridians struggle to find good housing amid affordability crisis, pandemic

Nov 26, 2020
In Osceola County, many people are living in motels that offer limited facilities for long-term stays during a pandemic.
A woman looks on as the head of the Kissimmee-Poinciana Homeless Outreach, Barbie Austria, donates essentials to jobless people living in a motel in Kissimmee, Florida on Oct. 15, 2020.
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Florida voters approve $15-an-hour minimum wage

Nov 4, 2020
Hourly wages for some 2.5 million workers in the state will rise to $10 next year, then a dollar a year through 2026.
Voters cast their ballots at a fire station in Miami, Florida, on Nov. 3, 2020.
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Activist groups are helping formerly incarcerated Floridians vote by paying their outstanding fees and fines

Sep 23, 2020
Legal challenges to the fees continue, but they're not likely to succeed before Election Day.
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In Florida, if you have a felony conviction, voting will cost you

Sep 15, 2020
A new ruling means anyone with a felony conviction in Florida must pay fees, fines and restitution before they can vote.
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Warehouse space is in demand

Sep 4, 2020
One Florida county has been seeing a warehouse construction boom since before COVID-19.
Stockpiling requires storage space, which is expensive and in short supply.
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Florida's citrus industry has seen a sales boost during pandemic

Jul 1, 2020
Since January, the state has been promoting orange juice, using digital ads.
An orange grove in Fort Pierce, Florida, late last year.
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Disney reopenings in doubt after COVID-19 cases spike

Jun 25, 2020
Disney has plans to reopen its Florida theme park next month, despite a workers' petition calling for them to reconsider.
The Disneyland reopening in California, planned for mid-July, has been delayed for now.
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What if Florida caused the Great Depression?

Jan 17, 2020
An argument that Florida's land boom in the 1920s, not the stock market crash, was the real reason for the financial crisis that followed.
Aerial view of the Flamingo Hotel and several yachts in Biscayne Bay beyond, Miami Beach, Florida, 1920s. The Flamingo was built by Carl Fisher and was one of the first large hotels built in the area. It has subsequently been demolished.
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Many states still suspend driver's licenses for unpaid fines that are not related to driving

Sep 25, 2019
In some states, like Florida, government agencies depend on fines to make up budge shortfalls.
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