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Florida High on Mortgage Fraud

Jan 4, 2016
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The Sunshine State has a big problem with mortgage fraud. A lot of people are lying on their mortgage applications and that can have serious repercussions.

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Dec 16, 2015
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Two Women Run Seven Lee County Farmers Markets

Dec 10, 2015
Jack Lowenstein

If you go to a farmers market in Lee County, you likely have two Sanibel women to thank. Jean Baer and Betsy Ventura run Local Roots farmers markets. They opened their seventh market Friday in Marinatown in North Fort Myers.

They started their first market on Sanibel in 2008, said Ventura.

“It’s a good feeling to have the community behind you because you can’t be successful in a farmers market if you don’t have the community.”


Dec 9, 2015
Soaring Sky

It’s said nearly a million drones may be sold this holiday season. They’re being used for all kinds of things, from real estate to package delivery, from journalism to search and rescue, from fighting terrorism to delivering humanitarian aid.

Our discussion is about who is allowed to use them in Florida and nationwide - and who is not – and why.

We also recently sat down with the Executive Director of the Radio Television Digital News Association for a conversation about how the media advocacy organization is working to lobby the FAA on behalf of broadcasters.

In recent years Airbnb has become a way for homeowners to rent out rooms and make cash on the side. It’s also a way for guests to travel without paying for the price of a hotel room.

But as the service has become more popular, it’s gotten the attention of hotel owners and lawmakers.

Hotel owners in Florida have said it’s not fair. They say Airbnb doesn’t have to pay the same taxes they do and adhere to regulations that drive up their costs.

Now things are changing. This week Airbnb began collecting state and local taxes. This includes a state wide sales tax and some county “bed taxes.”