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Renata Sago, WMFE

Women in colorful scarves called hijabs saunter through Orlando’s Fashion Square Mall carrying black shopping bags that read VERONA in white. For many of them, this is no routine trip to the commercial hub just blocks from central Florida’s largest mosque. It is a celebration of the grand opening of a store they have been buying many of their long flowing gowns and hijabs from for months. It is a moment to reflect on what many of the Muslim women say is long overdue: the existence of a store in a mainstream mall that caters to Muslim women and women seeking conservative wear.

Jessica Meszaros / WGCU News

The cost of fighting a disease that’s ravaging Florida’s citrus industry is triggering growers to abandon their groves. Citrus greening causes orange trees to decline and die within a few years. And there’s no cure right now.  These “grove graveyards” become breeding grounds for the disease.

Tara Calligan

Developers Kitson and Partners unveiled Babcock Ranch in Charlotte County today. It will be the first town in the nation primarily powered by solar energy, along with a few other surprises.

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Carnival Cruise Lines changed its policy this morning regarding voyages to Cuba. The company is now allowing people who were born in Cuba to buy tickets for cruises that are scheduled to set sail next month from PortMiami.

Miami Herald tourism reporter Chabeli Herrera says the Cuban government allows natives to return to the island by air, but not by sea.

FPL Breaks Ground on Three Solar Power Plants

Feb 12, 2016
FPL

Florida Power and Light broke ground on three new solar power plants Thursday. The ceremony was held on the future site of the FPL Manatee Solar Energy Center. The other sites include FPL Citrus Solar Energy Center in DeSoto County and the FPL Babcock Ranch Solar Energy Center in Charlotte County. The three new, community-sized solar plants will be among the largest in the Eastern United States. FPL will install more than one million solar panels within these large-scale solar energy centers.

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