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Key West is opening some of its beaches back up again, but the island is still so serious about banning outsiders that it has 2 highway checkpoints to keep them away

Key West reopened its beaches, parks, and recreational facilities on Monday, reported Gwen Filosa for the Miami Herald. However, the city manager said he plans to keep the island closed to tourists through May or longer. He’s keeping two highway checkpoints in place to keep visitors out. Visit Business Insider’s […]
Key West is opening some of its beaches back up again, but the island is still so serious about banning outsiders that it has 2 highway checkpoints to keep them away
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The richest ZIP code in the US, a private island off the coast of Miami, applied for a small business loan. It was approved for $2 million in funding — but residents voted to reject it.

Fisher Island, a private island off the coast of Miami, applied for and got approval for a $US2 million loan to help struggling small businesses during the pandemic, The Miami Herald reported. On Friday, residents of the island voted to reject the funds. The $US2 million forgivable loan was part […]
The richest ZIP code in the US, a private island off the coast of Miami, applied for a small business loan. It was approved for $2 million in funding — but residents voted to reject it.
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No, Gov. DeSantis, Florida has not ‘flattened the curve’

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced on Tuesday that the state “has flattened the curve.” That is false. Florida reported 1,413 new cases of the coronavirus on Friday – a new record. Since then, new daily cases in the state are steady, not declining. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. […]
No, Gov. DeSantis, Florida has not ‘flattened the curve’
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A private island off the coast of Miami paid $30,000 for 1,800 coronavirus antibody tests while the rest of the US struggles to obtain any tests at all. Here’s how America’s richest ZIP code did it.

As countries around the world grapple with the coronavirus pandemic, the richest ZIP code in the US – a private island off the coast of Miami – has snapped up 1,800 antibody tests for its residents and staff. Business Insider talked to Fisher Island staff and residents, parsed through reports […]
A private island off the coast of Miami paid $30,000 for 1,800 coronavirus antibody tests while the rest of the US struggles to obtain any tests at all. Here’s how America’s richest ZIP code did it.
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The superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools slams Fisher Island for buying $30,000 worth of antibody tests as schools work to feed ‘shoeless, mask-less, hungry children’

Fisher Island, Florida, is the richest ZIP code in the US, with an average income among residents of $US2.2 million and a median home value of roughly $US3 million. On Monday, the Miami Herald reported that everyone in the exclusive enclave, including staff, can get tested for coronavirus antibodies. The […]
The superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools slams Fisher Island for buying $30,000 worth of antibody tests as schools work to feed ‘shoeless, mask-less, hungry children’
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Florida authorities clear stranded Holland America ships Zaandam and Rotterdam for arrival in Port Everglades, and the cruise line expects its ‘fit-for-travel’ guests to be off the ship by Friday night

Florida authorities have officially confirmed that Holland America’s two stranded cruise ships, the MS Zaandam and Rotterdam, can dock at Port Everglades. A total of 14 passengers will be medically evacuated from the ships and taken to local hospitals due to “severe illness and critical care needs.” “Fit-for-travel” passengers will […]
Florida authorities clear stranded Holland America ships Zaandam and Rotterdam for arrival in Port Everglades, and the cruise line expects its ‘fit-for-travel’ guests to be off the ship by Friday night
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Passengers on Holland America’s 2 stranded cruise ships, the Zaandam and Rotterdam, may be stuck at sea indefinitely as Florida officials fret over letting them dock

The US Coast Guard will not yet permit the MS Zaandam, a Holland America cruise with at least two confirmed cases of COVID-19 onboard, and the MS Rotterdam, the ship sent to rescue its healthy passengers, to enter US waters. Florida officials remain concerned that allowing Zaandam and Rotterdam passengers […]
Passengers on Holland America’s 2 stranded cruise ships, the Zaandam and Rotterdam, may be stuck at sea indefinitely as Florida officials fret over letting them dock
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Florida police are setting up highway checkpoints to enforce the state’s coronavirus quarantine. Offenders could be jailed for 60 days.

Drivers entering Florida from coronavirus hotspots New York City and Louisiana are being forced to self-quarantine or risk jail time. Checkpoints on interstate highways began Sunday, with some drivers reporting hours-long waits. Gov. Ron DeSantis has yet to issue a shelter-in-place order like many other states and localities, even in […]
Florida police are setting up highway checkpoints to enforce the state’s coronavirus quarantine. Offenders could be jailed for 60 days.
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Mayor Francis Suarez is convinced thousands in Miami have the coronavirus, thinks the governor should lock down Florida, and says its impact ‘can become apocalyptic’

Mayor Francis Suarez of Miami, who was the first person in Miami-Dade County to test positive for the novel coronavirus, told Insider on Thursday that Gov. Ron DeSantis should implement a statewide lockdown in Florida. The mayor shuttered all nonessential businesses in Miami, the hardest-hit city in the state, last […]
Mayor Francis Suarez is convinced thousands in Miami have the coronavirus, thinks the governor should lock down Florida, and says its impact ‘can become apocalyptic’
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A Gen Zer who contracted the coronavirus during his spring break says the White House’s response to the pandemic is one of the main reasons why people aren’t taking it seriously

Max Schulman, a junior at Vanderbilt University, contracted the coronavirus while on spring break in Barcelona, Spain. He is now encouraging other spring breakers to start taking the virus seriously. “The major thing that you can be doing to prevent the spread of this is social distancing, not going near […]
A Gen Zer who contracted the coronavirus during his spring break says the White House’s response to the pandemic is one of the main reasons why people aren’t taking it seriously
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The history of Silver Airways, Florida’s regional carrier which says it’s in ‘dire need’ of a bailout to survive the coronavirus crisis

Florida regional carrier Silver Airways is at risk of disappearing as the novel coronavirus crisis has greatly impacted operations. In a letter to federal officials, the airline’s CEO stated that Silver is “in dire need” of government assistance to remain flying and may be the first independent regional carrier to […]
The history of Silver Airways, Florida’s regional carrier which says it’s in ‘dire need’ of a bailout to survive the coronavirus crisis
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The 28 US cities with the largest elderly populations

The novel coronavirus is particularly fatal for the older population in the US, according to the CDC. We used US Census Bureau data to find which cities have the largest share of people aged 60 and older. The Villages, Florida, has the largest share of residents who are at least […]
The 28 US cities with the largest elderly populations
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Watch the video where the governor of Florida explains why he’s refusing to issue a shelter-in-place order, even though 25 counties have confirmed cases of the coronavirus

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has yet to issue a shelter-in-place order for the state. Florida has 67 counties, of which 20 have yet to report a coronavirus case. Two counties, Miami-Dade and Broward counties, have each reported cases in the hundreds. The Republican governor has been careful to issue statewide […]
Watch the video where the governor of Florida explains why he’s refusing to issue a shelter-in-place order, even though 25 counties have confirmed cases of the coronavirus
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A Florida mayor was slammed for shutting off ‘people’s lights in the middle of a global health pandemic’ while their ‘finances are unstable’

A heated exchange between members of a Florida city council went viral after an impassioned councilmember argued with the city’s mayor and manager over their handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. The council had earlier in the month rejected his request for an emergency meeting to discuss utility shut-offs, and the […]
A Florida mayor was slammed for shutting off ‘people’s lights in the middle of a global health pandemic’ while their ‘finances are unstable’
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A demographer says Florida could be ‘like an uber-Italy’ during the coronavirus, and it shows why it’s so important for young people to stay at home

The coronavirus hit Italy hard because the country has a big elderly population, and younger people tend to commute from their multigenerational households to big cities for work, according to a new paper. This means that Florida could be “like an uber-Italy,” one demographer told Wired. People who are at […]
A demographer says Florida could be ‘like an uber-Italy’ during the coronavirus, and it shows why it’s so important for young people to stay at home
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Spring breakers kept hitting the beaches amid the coronavirus pandemic — and now some have tested positive. Here’s how 7 hot spots around the world handled the influx of partiers.

The coronavirus pandemic coincided with spring break 2020, but students across the world continued spring breaking anyway. But as the coronavirus continued to spread across the US and the world, some of the hottest spring break destinations, like Miami and Fort Lauderdale, cancelled spring break. Others, like South Padre Island, […]
Spring breakers kept hitting the beaches amid the coronavirus pandemic — and now some have tested positive. Here’s how 7 hot spots around the world handled the influx of partiers.
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‘The party is over’: Officials in Miami, the unofficial spring break capital of the US, are kicking partiers off beaches and implementing 11 p.m. curfews to curb the coronavirus spread

Coronavirus is ruining spring break for college kids. As of Saturday evening, Miami Beach, once named the top spring break destination in the US, has been temporarily shut down in efforts to contain coronavirus. People who feel healthy can be unknowing vessels for spreading coronavirus to those who are more […]
‘The party is over’: Officials in Miami, the unofficial spring break capital of the US, are kicking partiers off beaches and implementing 11 p.m. curfews to curb the coronavirus spread
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15 hacks for maximizing your time at Disney World

Downloading the My Disney Experience app allows guests to make FastPass+ plans for attractions and place mobile orders for food. Other apps like Play Disney and Heads Up! can make long lines more entertaining. The parks offer a variety of interactive and indoor queues to stay entertained and beat the […]
15 hacks for maximizing your time at Disney World
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Melania Trump is catching flak after receiving a ‘Woman of Distinction’ award that many feel she doesn’t deserve

Melania Trump received the “2020 Woman of Distinction Award” from Palm Beach Atlantic University on Wednesday. In her acceptance speech, the First Lady urged “healthy online behaviour,” while her husband, President Donald Trump, was on Twitter, attacking Mike Bloomberg and threatening to sue “everyone all over the place.” People flocked […]
Melania Trump is catching flak after receiving a ‘Woman of Distinction’ award that many feel she doesn’t deserve
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A 6-year-old was held in a mental health centre for 2 days without her mother’s consent, and her lawyer says other parents have come forward to claim the same thing happened to their children

A 6-year-old kindergartner was held in a behavioural health centre for two days without her mother’s consent. The mother’s attorney intends on taking legal action against the school. The involuntary hold was allowed under the “Baker Act,” which is designed to commit those who are a risk to themself or […]
A 6-year-old was held in a mental health centre for 2 days without her mother’s consent, and her lawyer says other parents have come forward to claim the same thing happened to their children
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Investors are pouring billions into US mobile home communities — but residents are feeling trapped by rising rents

https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php Private equity firms have invested billions of dollars in US mobile home communities in recent years. In these communities, residents own their homes but rent the land beneath it, leaving them little power to fight rent increases and poor maintenance. In one Florida community, residents are considering legal action […]
Investors are pouring billions into US mobile home communities — but residents are feeling trapped by rising rents
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The 7 biggest yacht debuts at this weekend’s Miami Yacht Show

The 32nd annual Miami Yacht Show, the city’s premier yachting event, is being held February 13 to February 17. Over 32,000 attendees are expected to view over 400 boats on display over the course of the five-day show. Over 15 yachts are making their debut, the biggest of which include […]
The 7 biggest yacht debuts at this weekend’s Miami Yacht Show
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The 30-year-old opera singer who led police on wild chase to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago picked her mum up at the airport and checked into a motel while evading authorities

A 30-year-old opera singer from Connecticut was arrested after leading police on a chase on Palm Beach, Florida. The woman, Hannah Roemhild, barrelled through two security checkpoints at President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort was shot at by police and fled in her black SUV after it was covered in bullet holes, […]
The 30-year-old opera singer who led police on wild chase to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago picked her mum up at the airport and checked into a motel while evading authorities
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Trump brags his strike on Soleimani killed ‘2 for the price of 1’ while giving a behind-the-scenes account of the assassination to GOP donors at his Florida resort

President Donald Trump recounted the minutes leading up to the deadly US strike on top Iranian leader Qassem Soleimani during remarks to GOP donors at his Florida resort on Friday night, according to CNN. The president recalled how US military officials counted down the seconds leading up to the strike, […]
Trump brags his strike on Soleimani killed ‘2 for the price of 1’ while giving a behind-the-scenes account of the assassination to GOP donors at his Florida resort
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The 15 worst US states for millennials, ranked

Information company Zippia released its ranking of the worst states for millennials in November. To determine which states were the worst, Zippia considered millennial unemployment rates, average student loan debt, millennial homeownership rates, and the percentage of millennials who were living in poverty in each area. It found that the […]
The 15 worst US states for millennials, ranked
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An architect who designs homes for the wealthy built a Miami Beach mansion on a 13-foot platform to protect it from the risk of rising ocean levels. Here’s a look inside the $27 million home.

An architect who designs homes for the wealthy built a Miami Beach mansion on a 13-foot platform to protect it from the risk of rising ocean levels. Miami could be partially underwater and unlivable within 80 years, science indicates. The 12,700-square-foot home, which was built on a platform and stilts, […]
An architect who designs homes for the wealthy built a Miami Beach mansion on a 13-foot platform to protect it from the risk of rising ocean levels. Here’s a look inside the $27 million home.
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An estate in one of Florida’s ritziest neighbourhoods is on the market for $48 million — and it could become the most expensive home ever sold in the ultra-wealthy community. Here’s a look inside the sprawling mansion.

A mansion in Coral Gables – a wealthy suburb of Miami, Florida- is on the market for $US48 million. If the estate sells for or near its asking price, it will become the most expensive home ever sold in the suburb,The Wall Street Journal‘s Katherine Clarke reported in October. The […]
An estate in one of Florida’s ritziest neighbourhoods is on the market for $48 million — and it could become the most expensive home ever sold in the ultra-wealthy community. Here’s a look inside the sprawling mansion.
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Luxury resort chain Aman Resorts just announced that it’s coming to Miami in 2023, and the infamous party city is a major departure from its current presence in the US

Aman Resorts is coming to Miami in 2023, the company announced Wednesday. The luxury resort chain, known for its wellness offerings, will open on Miami Beach and will include private branded residences in addition to the hotel, unlike past Aman resorts. Aman Miami is part of the company’s push into […]
Luxury resort chain Aman Resorts just announced that it’s coming to Miami in 2023, and the infamous party city is a major departure from its current presence in the US
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Conservative officials in Florida refused to pay for a library’s subscription to The New York Times, calling it ‘fake news.’ Experts say they may have violated the First Amendment.

Library officials in Florida’s Citrus County asked their local representatives to approve a $US2,657 pending measure that would give all library cardholders digital access to The New York Times. The commissioners rejected the measure and called The Times “fake news.” In a meeting first reported on by the Citrus County […]
Conservative officials in Florida refused to pay for a library’s subscription to The New York Times, calling it ‘fake news.’ Experts say they may have violated the First Amendment.
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A Florida mansion designed to look like the former home of the Romanov Tsars just hit the market for $13.5 million. Here’s a look inside Fort Lauderdale’s ‘Golden Palace.’

A Florida mansion nicknamed “The Golden Palace” has hit the market for $US13.5 million, Business Insider learned from Douglas Elliman. The lavish seven-bedroom waterfront estate was inspired by the world’s second-largest art museum, the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The 9,000-square-foot mansion sits on 0.45 acres of waterfront […]
A Florida mansion designed to look like the former home of the Romanov Tsars just hit the market for $13.5 million. Here’s a look inside Fort Lauderdale’s ‘Golden Palace.’
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A day in the life of the top real-estate broker in Miami, who commutes by ferry to the richest ZIP code in the US and sold more than $189 million of luxury homes in 2018

Dora Puig is the top real-estate broker in the Miami area by sales volume, according to REAL Trends, a residential brokerage industry publication. She sold more than $US189.4 million worth of homes in 2018. Puig, who founded Luxe Living Realty, usually wakes up at 7 a.m., eats breakfast at her […]
A day in the life of the top real-estate broker in Miami, who commutes by ferry to the richest ZIP code in the US and sold more than $189 million of luxury homes in 2018
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The 15 US cities where it’s hardest to get a mortgage, ranked

LendingTree has released an analysis ranking the US cities where applicants are most likely to be denied a mortgage. Of the top 15 cities where borrowers are most likely to be denied, four are in Florida. The hardest city to get approved for a mortgage is Miami, where 11.6% of […]
The 15 US cities where it’s hardest to get a mortgage, ranked
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The 25 fastest-growing cities in America, ranked

WalletHub determined which US cities are currently seeing the most rapid economic growth. The October study analysed 515 cities of different population sizes based on 17 metrics that measure a city’s performance over a seven-year period. The 17 metrics, which included population growth and median household income, were weighted to […]
The 25 fastest-growing cities in America, ranked
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The 29 best US cities to be a freelancer

Some cities are simply better suited for freelancing. A report from neighbourhoods.com ranked the best US cities for freelancers using five measures: rent, internet speed, taxes, coffee shops, and transportation. Texas (with seven cities) and Florida (with five cities) are the two states that appeared the most on the list. […]
The 29 best US cities to be a freelancer
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The conference held at a Trump resort featuring a fake Trump shooting video is emblematic of the president’s ties to dubious right-wing groups

A fake video depicting the president shooting news media outlets and political opponents was shown at a conference for a pro-Trump group, American Priority. Some of the conference’s speakers included Donald Trump Jr., Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz. Jack Posobiec, who was an early pusher of the […]
The conference held at a Trump resort featuring a fake Trump shooting video is emblematic of the president’s ties to dubious right-wing groups
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The 15 Florida cities everyone in the country is moving to

Lots of Americans have moved to Florida over the last decade. Using data from the Census Bureau, we found the 15 metro areas in the state with the highest net domestic migration between 2010 and 2018. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Americans have been flocking south for decades, […]
The 15 Florida cities everyone in the country is moving to
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A US soldier working at Mar-a-Lago uploaded photos of an underage girl to a Russian website — a closer look at the site reveals a horrific underworld

US Army Staff Sgt. Richard Ciccarella was stationed at President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida from August 2017 to March 2018. During that period, prosecutors say, Ciccarella uploaded topless pictures of a relative to a Russian website named iMGSRC.ru. A cursory inspection of the website reveals it to […]
A US soldier working at Mar-a-Lago uploaded photos of an underage girl to a Russian website — a closer look at the site reveals a horrific underworld
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A US Army soldier who worked at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort uploaded photos of an underage girl to a Russian website, prosecutors say

Staff Sgt. Richard Ciccarella pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators about an email address for a Russian website, where prosecutors allege he uploaded topless pictures of a relative, according to multiple news reports. Ciccarella was attached to the US Army’s communication detail at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in […]
A US Army soldier who worked at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort uploaded photos of an underage girl to a Russian website, prosecutors say
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A fitness influencer will serve nearly 5 years in jail for using 369 Instagram accounts to harass bodybuilding colleagues and allegedly faking her daughter’s kidnapping

Tammy Steffens, a fitness influencer, has been sentenced to nearly five years in federal jail after pleading guilty to charges of cyberstalking and sending threats to colleagues over Instagram. Steffens created at least 369 Instagram accounts used to harass and threaten people, one of which she told she would “slice […]
A fitness influencer will serve nearly 5 years in jail for using 369 Instagram accounts to harass bodybuilding colleagues and allegedly faking her daughter’s kidnapping