Florida Five: Rich Brazilians buying up Miami real estate, Fracking activists issue challenge

Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips:

Miami BeachRich Brazilians taking Miami real estate by storm, but local economy not benefitting – Facing a teetering economy at home, wealthy Brazilians have been pouring money into what they increasingly see as the safest place to invest: South Florida real estate. So are Argentinians, Colombians, Mexicans, Venezuelans, French and Turks — almost anyone with money to shelter, a direct flight to Miami and a shaky economy to flee. Read more

Fracking activists dare lawmakers to drink their water – Anti-fracking activists poured into the Capitol on Wednesday to push for a ban on the controversial drilling technique and speak out against bills that would regulate it. And some brought along bottles of their own discolored drinking water, which they said was contaminated with harmful chemicals from fracking operations. Read more

Florida Legislature won’t appeal redistricting ruling; sets districts for 2016 election – The Florida Legislature is giving up the fight and will not contest a court ruling that redraws all of the state’s 40 state senate districts for the 2016 election cycle. State Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, said he told Senate President Andy Gardiner on Wednesday that the Legislature should let court-ordered maps go into effect, even though he says there were legal issues that were open to appeal. Read more

Related: Legal battle over state Senate districts coming to an end

Florida to Obama: Don’t give us a Cuban consulate – South Florida, long the unofficial US capital of Cuban anti-Communist exiles, has a request now that relations with the regime on the island are thawing: no Cuban consulate in our backyard. Miami-Dade County on Wednesday approved a resolution urging President Barack Obama “to refrain from establishing a Cuban consulate” in the area. Read more

Tougher abortion regulations could head to Florida in 2016 – Many abortion clinics across Florida may be forced to shut down if a new bill requiring new licensing procedures gets a seal of approval from the Florida Legislature this year. The legislation, HB 233, sponsored by Rep. Carlos Trujillo, R-Miami, would make abortion clinics offering procedures during the second and third trimester to go through the same licensing procedures as hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers and mobile surgical facilities. Read more

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