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Local nonprofit tackles affordable housing crisis one home at a time

Finding affordable housing is an extreme challenge these days. But one non-profit is taking that challenge head on.  Bright Community Trust’s team and Hillsborough County officials celebrated their first Community Land Trust (CLT) home Thursday, which sold for $163,000. According to Realtor.com the average sales price in the Tampa area is $250,000. “I’m getting ready to move into my new home,” are words that grandmother of six Sabrina Teel couldn’t wait to say.

CNN

Florida governor announces cybersecurity review following election hacking revelations

The state of Florida will conduct a cybersecurity review into election security for every county in the state after it was revealed two counties were hacked during the 2016 election, Gov. Rick DeSantis announced Wednesday. The news comes eight days after DeSantis, a Republican, met with the FBI and announced that Russian military intelligence had successfully breached the networks of two Florida counties in the runup to the 2016 presidential election. DeSantis called for the meeting after special counsel Robert Mueller's report on interference in the election said that "at least one" Florida county had been breach

Florida Politics

Duke, TECO tap tax cuts to pay storm costs

State regulators Tuesday signed off on two settlement agreements that include Duke Energy Florida and Tampa Electric Co. using money from federal tax savings to cover the costs of restoring power after Hurricane Irma and other major storms. The settlements, which combine to total $575 million, were reached after negotiations between the utilities, the state Office of Public Counsel, the Florida Retail Federation and the Florida Industrial Power Users Group. The Office of Public Counsel represents consumers in utility issues, while the business groups represent major commercial electricity users.