Florida Five: Lieutenant governor pick expected, Common Core changes, $24k flood insurance policies

Below is Wednesday’s edition of the Florida Five – BPR’s picks for the top political stories from around the state:

Carlos Lopez-Cantera

Lieutenant governor pick expected to come today: Miami-Dade Property Appraiser Carlos Lopez-Cantera is expected to be named as the state’s next lieutenant governor. Florida Gov. Rick Scott will fill the long-vacant post of lieutenant governor with a former state legislator and ally of U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, two people with knowledge of the posting said Monday. Scott will announce the appointment of Miami-Dade Property Appraiser Carlos Lopez-Cantera in Miami on Tuesday, according to the individuals, both of whom spoke on condition of anonymity because they were unauthorized to speak publicly about the matter.Read more.

Florida announces proposed changes to controversial Common Core: Keeping cursive writing in the classroom and adding some additional math skills are among nearly 100 proposed changes to the controversial Common Core State Standards the Florida Department of Education announced Monday. Read more.

A $24K flood insurance policy? Welcome to Florida’s new normal: Imagine moving into your new Florida vacation home only to find a $24,300 flood insurance bill in your mailbox. Welcome to the world of George and Karen McLaughlin, Maryland baby boomers who decided to follow other “snowbirds” south for the winter. Read more. 

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Fla. Rep. Marylynn Magar

Florida Rep. MaryLynn Magar recovering from mild stroke: Florida state Rep. MaryLynn Magar, R-Stuart, suffered a mild stroke while in Tallahassee Wednesday morning, and was treated at an area hospital. She was released Saturday and has returned home for physical therapy over the next several weeks, according to a statement released by her office. Read more.

Andy Gardiner: Coast-to-Coast Connector picking up speed: Vetoed by the governor last year, an effort to link both coasts with a bicycle and pedestrian path across Central Florida is on the move again in the Legislature.Just expect lawmakers to take smaller steps as the state works to complete the course. Read more. 

BONUS: Rush fans invited to meet long-time producer ‘Snerdley’ in South Florida

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