5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 17

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 16, 2014 at 4:40 pm •  Published: January 16, 2014
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FLORIDA CONSERVATION AMENDMENT HEADED TO BALLOT

Florida voters will get to decide whether to set aside $10 billion in state funds over 20 years for land and water conservation. The group pushing the amendment has gotten enough signatures to qualify for the ballot. The state Division of Elections on Thursday reports that the amendment has gotten nearly 686,000 signatures. Environmental groups started the amendment after the Legislature slashed spending on the Florida Forever program.

ENTERTAINERS CANCEL APPEARANCES AT BUSCH GARDENS

Cancellations by recording artists are spreading to SeaWorld's sister park, Busch Gardens. A spokesman said Thursday that Pat Benatar and the Beach Boys have cancelled upcoming appearances in the wake of a documentary that is critical of how animals are kept in captivity at SeaWorld's marine parks.

INSURANCE RATES FALLING IN FLORIDA

Homeowner insurance rates are falling, according to the state's insurance commissioner. But the upbeat report cited by Kevin McCarty also shows that some of the state's larger insurers have asked for — and received — rate hikes. The report also didn't include the state-created Citizens Property Insurance, which has steadily raised rates over the years.