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On July 2, the federal government and the Gulf Coast states of Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas announced an $18.7 billion dollar settlement for claims against BP related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  If approved by a judge, it would be the largest environmental settlement and the largest civil settlement with any single entity in U.S. history.  Florida’s share of the settlement totals $3.25 billion. Florida’s $2 billion allocation for economic loss claims is more than any other state received with the additional $1.25 billion going toward addressing environmental damage.

The Minnesota-based American Public Media Group is still not commenting on reports that it will sell the three local radio stations that make up Classical South Florida - those include WKCP in Miami and WPBI in Palm Beach County. The trade publication “Current” reported the stations will sell to a religious broadcasting company from California. The sale - and how the sale happened - is making waves in South Florida.

Big Sugar Summit

Jun 17, 2015
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The Sierra Club will hold a day-long Summit on Big Sugar June 20 in West Palm Beach. Ahead of the summit, we’ll take a closer look at the history and growth of Florida’s $500 million a year sugar industry. We’ll also explore the industry’s impact on the health of Floridians and the Everglades Ecosystem through nutrient-laden runoff, the regular burning of cane fields, and the altered natural flow of water south from Lake Okeechobee through the glades. We’ll also explore opportunities state lawmakers could take to boost Everglades restoration efforts through the purchase of sugar land as well as the sugar industry’s political influence. 

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Overcoming the bacterial disease, citrus greening, remains the citrus industry’s most pressing challenge, but there’s growing optimism among growers in Southwest Florida.  That was the main message from the Gulf Citrus Growers Association’s 29th annual meeting in Immokalee June 3.

 Humana shares soared well beyond all-time high prices Friday afternoon on speculation that the company, one of the nation's biggest health insurers and Florida's largest Medicare HMO company, might be up for sale.

Analysts have been discussing for a few weeks the possibility that large health insurers flush with cash may be hunting for a big acquisition. Deal-friendly low interest rates and expectations for another wave of consolidation also are fueling the speculation.