The Sunshine Economy

The Sunshine Economy
1:25 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

The Sunshine Economy: Fewer Choices, More Insured?

Click the play button above to hear the radio segment from this week's The Sunshine Economy: Obamacare Comes To South Florida on September 30 with host Tom Hudson. The show airs every Monday at 9 a.m. on WLRN 91.3 FM.

Some numbers to consider as open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) gets underway:

There are 10 essential benefits all insurance plans offered under the ACA health insurance reform law must have. They include hospital coverage, ER treatment and prescription drug benefits.

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The Sunshine Economy
1:50 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

The Sunshine Economy: Meet The Invincibles

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Click the play button above to hear the radio segment from this week's The Sunshine Economy: Obamacare Comes To South Florida on September 30 with host Tom Hudson. The show airs every Monday at 9 a.m. on WLRN 91.3 FM.

The invincibles is a catch-all description of young adults, generally healthy, but who are living without health insurance.

This group is one of the particular targets of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate, taking effect on January 1, 2014. By requiring most Americans to have health insurance, the strategy is to attract young and healthy people to help spread the risk of insuring older and sicker people.

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The Sunshine Economy
8:17 am
Tue October 1, 2013

The Sunshine Economy: Obamacare Comes To South Florida

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Click the play button above and listen to WLRN's hour-long special, "The Sunshine Economy: Obamacare Comes To South Florida," with host Tom Hudson. The episode is part of an ongoing series examining key industries of the South Florida economy. Shows air Mondays at 9:00 a.m. on 91.3 FM.

These are the faces of the uninsured in South Florida. Eddie Escobar, Kwami Livingston and Jersey Garcia (left to right) are three of the more than one million people under the age of 65 in the counties of Miami-Dade and Broward who are living without health insurance.

Beginning Tuesday, they will be able to shop for health coverage and possibly qualify for a tax credit in order to meet the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which goes into effect next year.

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The Sunshine Economy
10:42 am
Mon September 23, 2013

The Sunshine Economy: Health Care & Hurricane Insurance

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Click the play button above and listen to WLRN's condensed special, "The Sunshine Economy: Health Care & Hurricane Insurance," with host Tom Hudson. The episode is part of an ongoing series examining key industries of the South Florida economy. Shows air Mondays at 9:00 a.m. on 91.3 FM.

A top hospital CEO promises to say how much his hospital gets paid for procedures. The top hurricane insurance boss warns about his firm’s ability to pay.

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The Sunshine Economy
5:07 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

The Sunshine Economy: Homemade Guacamole

Guacamole made with Florida-grown avocados is on the left.
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Click the play button above to hear this radio segment from The Sunshine Economy: Agriculture show on September 16 with host Tom Hudson. The show airs every Monday at 9 a.m. on WLRN 91.3 FM.

Modern society has separated many of us from our food source. Sure, there are local field-to-table efforts and farmer’s markets, but it’s awful hard to know where all your food comes from.

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The Sunshine Economy
6:00 am
Thu September 19, 2013

The Sunshine Economy: Urban-Rural Dividing Line

An example of the land value differences thanks to the Urban Development Boundary (UDB), according to Jeff Onsted of FIU.
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Click the play button above to hear this radio segment from The Sunshine Economy: Agriculture show on September 16 with host Tom Hudson. The show airs every Monday at 9 a.m. on WLRN 91.3 FM.

Two pieces of land in real estate development-hungry South Florida. They are less than two miles apart but more than 10-times the difference in assessed values (see photo above).

The reason: the Urban Development Boundary (UDB) in Miami-Dade County.

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The Sunshine Economy
12:48 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

The Sunshine Economy: Tomato Trade War

Tony DiMare is vice president of DiMare Companies, one of the largest growers of tomatoes in Florida.
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The juicy red tomato has been the target of an international trade war since the mid-1990s. It pits U.S. tomato growers, including DiMare Company of South Florida, against growers in Mexico.  

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The Sunshine Economy
10:48 am
Thu September 12, 2013

The Sunshine Economy: Underemployed In South Florida

Jay Pellis
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Click the play button above to hear the radio segment from The Sunshine Economy: Jobs on September 9 with host Tom Hudson. The show airs every Monday at 9 a.m. on WLRN 91.3 FM.

Jay Pellis is among the thousands of South Floridians who are underemployed. After 18 months of being counted among the unemployed, that's improvement. This week, Pellis began a part-time job teaching GED classes to teenagers and young adults leaving the foster care system. It is the type of work he's done before.

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The Sunshine Economy
11:58 am
Wed September 11, 2013

The Sunshine Economy: MBA But Unemployed, 4 Years And Counting

Ian Kramer
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Click the play button above to hear the radio segment from The Sunshine Economy: Jobs on September 9 with host Tom Hudson. The show airs every Monday at 9 a.m. on WLRN 91.3 FM.

Odds are Ian Kramer should be working. He has a MBA from USC. He has experience in the cut throat  world of Miami real estate development. The unemployment rate for someone with his education is half that of the overall level. And real estate is rebounding with several residential high rises sprouting from once dormant stretches of land.

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The Sunshine Economy
11:13 am
Tue September 10, 2013

The Sunshine Economy: The Incredible Shrinking Florida Paycheck

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Click the play button above to hear the radio segment from The Sunshine Economy: Jobs on September 9 with host Tom Hudson. The show airs every Monday at 9 a.m. on WLRN 91.3 FM.

Half of the paychecks of Floridians are smaller today than they were in 2004. Thanks to a wicked combination of fewer working hours and the financial erosion of inflation, the median hourly wage in Florida is $0.63 less than what it was eight years ago, according to a recent study by the Research Institute on Social and Economic Policy at Florida International University.

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The Sunshine Economy
12:08 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

The Sunshine Economy: Jobs

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Click play to hear Tom Hudson host this episode of WLRN's ongoing radio and online series, The Sunshine Economy, airing Mondays at 9:00 a.m. on WLRN 91.3 FM.

Ian, Jay and Sal. That's them in the photo on the right. Each of them is an unemployment statistic with a story.

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The Sunshine Economy
6:00 am
Fri August 30, 2013

The Sunshine Economy: Luxury Retail, From Head To Toe To Stomach

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Jimmy Choo at Sawgrass Mills. Hermes in the Design District. Even Marky's Caviar in Miami Gardens. South Floridians are welcoming luxury retailers with open arms just like Britto's "Welcome" sculpture greets shoppers near Dadeland Station in the photo on the right.

Luxury retailing in South Florida is expanding beyond its traditional glitzy locations and stretching to include not just shoes and accessories, but also shoppers’ appetites.

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The Sunshine Economy
6:00 am
Thu August 29, 2013

The Sunshine Economy: The Fight For Your Spending

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Of course you shop online. You're a digital consumer. You're on the Internet right now. You are a savvy shopper, looking for the right product at the right price and you want it fast and easy. Point, click, buy.

But you're in the minority. The vast majority of retail sales across the nation take place at brick and mortar stores. While Americans spend about $1 trillion per quarter in the retail industry, only a nickel of every dollar is spent online. But in the fight between online and in-store retailing, online spending is growing faster, much faster.

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The Sunshine Economy
12:30 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

The Sunshine Economy: The High Price of Luxury In South Florida Retail

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One square foot is not a lot of space. You can fit a pair of shoes in one square foot. But, if you are a luxury retailer at Bal Harbour Shops in Bal Harbour, you sell $2,800 worth of merchandise per square every year. That's six times what the average shopping center generates in the same amount space.

RELATED: The Sunshine Economy: Retail

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The Sunshine Economy
11:59 am
Tue August 27, 2013

The Sunshine Economy: From Water Beds To Today

In the 1970’s it was water beds. In the 1980’s, Keith Koenig sold dinette sets. Now it’s couches and entertainment centers.

Koenig and his brother began what would become City Furniture in 1971. He has seen plenty of cycles in the South Florida economy, as well as how consumer tastes impact his business. Housing booms and housing busts. A growing population. And wicker. Koenig has a unique perspective at the intersection of two industries: real estate and retail. His outlook?  Very positive.

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