Friday’s Daily Pulse

Ian has killed more Floridians than most recent major hurricanes. Its indirect death toll could be in the thousands.

Hurricane Ian’s death toll currently stands at 112 and continues to rise, making it the deadliest hurricane to hit Florida since 1935. Even as rescue teams pack up and head home , the number of people missing decreases to single digits, the toll continues to climb . The vast majority – more than 70 – of those deaths are still drownings that occurred amid the storm surge and flooding that Ian unleashed across the state. Many died in the water that filled their homes and cars. Some have been swept out to sea. But the ever-increasing deaths are now indirect: heart attacks and suicides, infections and injuries, and the inability to receive vital medical services. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]

Business Beat – Week of October 21

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‘The tide is turning’ in South Florida’s frenetic luxury home market

South Florida has been the headliner of the frenzied pandemic real estate market. Since the onset of Covid in 2020, the area has seen demand skyrocket for its homes and prices soar right next to it. But now, about two and a half years later, things are coming back down to earth. “The tide is turning in South Florida,” said Garrett Derderian, director of trade intelligence at Serhant, one of several brokerages to release third-quarter data for the region this week. [Source: Mansion Global]

SpaceX launches for the 100th time from Cape Canaveral

SpaceX celebrated its 100th launch from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on Thursday by sending up another batch of its Starlink internet satellites. The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Space Launch Complex 40 at 10:50 a.m. with 54 more additions to the company’s growing internet constellation. It took more than 12 years to reach 100 take-offs. The Falcon 9’s debut was from SLC 40 at what was then Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, taking off June 4, 2010, with a version of its Dragon capsule in development. This test flight was a success, although an attempt to lower the booster from the first stage using a parachute was unsuccessful. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]

‘Rotting Inside’ – How to Avoid Buying a Car Flooded by Hurricane Ian

This happens after every major flood: tens of thousands of cars are inundated by storm surge or rising waters due to heavy rain. Insurers declare them total losses and resell them to salvage companies. Many end up in scrap yards, where reusable parts are stripped and the remains are ground up. Others, however, are bought at deep discounts by low-volume flippers who air them out and polish them as best they can before posting them on Craigslist or parking them in a corner with a For Sale sign in the window. More WSVN, Yahoo Newsand the Solar sentinel of South Florida.


› How did Sanibel Causeway open early? 4,000 tons of asphalt and an “ambitious roadmap”
On Wednesday morning, the Sanibel Causeway was opened to the public on the storm-damaged island. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced from the bridge that the road leading to the island, damaged and rendered unusable by Hurricane Ian on September 28, had been repaired days ahead of schedule and would allow public walkways to from 11 a.m. Wednesday.

› Miami Targets Even Larger Downtown Billboards
While a city council significantly delayed the City of Miami Commission’s plan to allow outdoor advertising signs in some of the city’s major waterfront parks, the commission followed up with a vote advancing an even more aggressive measure allowing large digital advertising signs on city property. Before the commission on Oct. 13 were two related items: the final reading of an amendment to the Signs Ordinance to allow billboards in three bayfront parks, sponsored by Joe Carollo; and the first reading of a sign ordinance amendment allowing larger digital advertising signs at many city-owned properties, sponsored by Alex Diaz de la Portilla.

› Orlando’s Dream Airfield: Plush Jets, Bush Planes, Sexy Helicopter and More
A display at Orlando Executive Airport last week was an airfield for dreams. What’s it like cruising 50,000 feet at a whisper below the speed of sound in a G800, landing on glaciers or river sandbars in a tiny Husky or taking the family on an ACJ320neo, an airliner tricked into a flying house, for a non-stop trip to Tahiti? Travolta and Bezos rumors aside, the National Business Aviation Association show in Orlando for the first time in four years would be the world’s premier exhibition of personal, glamorous and corporate aircraft, and of a few helicopters, parked nose to tail at the wing for sale.

› After 20 years, the Tampa Streetcar is at the forefront of the downtown renaissance.
The car ringing the bell rumbled by plots that once housed cigar factories but are now brilliant developments, and operator Connie Cosme considered it a change from standing behind the controls two years ago. decades. Beyond his streetcar windshield stretched a city with one of the hottest real estate markets in the country and a growing cost-of-living crisis. A city with big transport ambitions, in a county long preoccupied with how to fund much-needed infrastructure improvements. For two decades, Cosme has been at the forefront of transforming downtown Tampa.

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