Gun sales in Florida surged after Parkland shooting

Following the February shooting in Parkland which killed 17, Florida saw a surge in gun buys despite headlines that the event had not sparked a national rush to gun stores. While no major policy changes were in the spotlight in Washington, less than a week after the massacre, Florida’s political leaders in Tallahassee proposed what would become the state’s first gun restrictions passed in more than a decade. [Source: Miami Herald]

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Florida Icon: Greg Asbed

“Being born poor shouldn’t be a life sentence,” says Florida Icon Greg Asbed. Read other quotes from the co-founder of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and Fair Food Program and winner of a 2017 MacArthur genius grant. [Source: Florida Trend]

A moment of reckoning for baseball in Florida

Major League Baseball came to Florida 25 years ago. It hasn’t gone according to plan. The Marlins have ranked among the bottom five teams in average attendance in 18 of the last 19 seasons and haven’t reached the playoffs since 2003. Can baseball survive in the Sunshine State? [Source: Wall Street Journal]

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Florida loses resettlement offices as fewer refugees arrive

Florida last year offered 25 refugee resettlement offices, but that number fell to 13 after offices closed due to a reduction in the number of refugees. The offices are fully funded by the federal government and overseen by the Florida Department of Children and Families. [Source: Tallahassee Democrat]

Bill coming due for Florida’s tighter school security

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act appropriates for safety, security and mental health programs to make schools more