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Tampa Bay Water gives water update listen

08/18/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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This morning the agency that supplies drinking water to the nearly three million residents of Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas counties met in Clearwater. The Board of Tampa Bay Water considered new sources for the region’s long-term water supply, the status of the current drought and damage to the region’s largest reservoir.

In June 2005, a 15-billion gallon drinking-water reservoir opened in Hillsborough County. But major cracks in the wall were discovered before the end of 2006. Tampa...

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Alex Sink on hurricane preparation listen

08/18/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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In addition to Floridians taking safety preparations for the storm, it is also important to have up-to-date insurance informatione.

Alex Sink, the state's chief financial officer, spoke to WMNF this afternoon about what Floridians need to do to keep their financial business in order.

Her website is myfloridacfo.com.

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CFO Sink criticizes hurricane bond deal listen

07/03/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Last year, Florida shifted much of the financial risks associated with hurricanes from private insurance companies to the state’s government, in an effort to reduce property insurance rates. Yesterday the state’s Board of Administration voted to take a gamble to spend nearly a quarter-billion dollars in exchange for up to $4 billion in bonds in the event that the state endures a catastrophic hurricane season this year.

One member of the Board of Administration, the state’s Chief Financial ...

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Hurricane home fortification program ending listen

07/03/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Today in Pinellas Park, Florida’s Chief Financial Officer and a state senator announced that a program that helps Florida’s residents to fortify their homes against hurricanes is coming to an end. CFO Alex Sink and Sen. Charlie Justice were touting the My Safe Florida Home Program and asking for people to support its continuation.

Sink oversees the Florida Department of Financial Services, which includes the My Safe Florida Home program. She said the program is so popular that there are on...

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Global warming might decrease hurricane frequency listen

01/24/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A new study concludes that the warming of the world’s oceans due to global climate change may actually decrease the number of hurricanes that make landfall in the United States.

In a paper published yesterday in the Journal of Geophysical Research Letters, Miami-based scientists Chunzai Wang and Sang-Ki Lee write that warming seas are associated with an increase in vertical wind shear in the region where Atlantic hurricanes develop.

According to the report, the increased wind shear a...

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