Biden visits Surfside; Florida real estate; DeSantis Big Technology Act – Florida Roundup

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Search and rescue personnel are working with heavy equipment to sift through the rubble of the Champlain Towers South condominium building, where dozens of people remain missing for nearly a week after it partially collapsed Wednesday, June 30, 2021, in Surfside, Florida. (AP Photo / Lynn Sladki)

President Joe Biden arrived at Surfside this week, where he met with the first rescuers and families affected by the Champlain towers collapse and pledged that the federal government would cover 100% of the collapse’s cleanup costs.

As of Friday afternoon, 128 people are still missing and 20 have died in the disaster. During his visit, Biden met with local and government officials, including Governor Ron DeSantis.

Danny Rivero of WLRN have joined us to discuss the President’s visit to Surfside.

Florida Real Estate

The massive migration to Florida is taking place against the backdrop of a hot real estate market. But there may be a better hope for potential buyers: experts say the current housing market is overvalued, which could lead to falling prices.

Ken H. Johnson, Deputy Dean and Real Estate Expert at Florida Atlantic University College of Business, joined us to talk about trends in the Florida housing market.

DeSantis’ big technology law is temporarily blocked

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ new harassment of major technology was put on hold this week by a federal judge. The law allows the state to punish social media platforms that prohibit political candidates and politicians. DeSantis made the law a priority after former President Donald Trump was cut off from YouTube, Facebook and Twitter following the January 6 uprising. Federal Judge Robert Hinkle found the law violates First Amendment technology company rights.

Clay Calvert, law professor and director Draft First Amendment by Marion B. Brechner at the University of Florida and Mary Ellen Claes, capitol bureau chief Miami Herald, joined us.

Write a letter to Mackenzie Geary at newsteam@wjct.org






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