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— Whether you’re a certified foodie seeking inside information or simply want to meet a celebrity chef, Simmer and Sift has your recipe for success. Sponsored by AARP in Tampa Bay, the series of culinary demonstrations by top area chefs continues July 27. Travel + Leisure has called the local food scene “one of the country’s most creative.” Each event runs from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Guests can enjoy …

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— It’s hard to believe, but Election Day is just right around the corner — and the candidates are hunting for your vote. But as they roll out the same speeches and soundbites about important issues like the future of Social Security, it seems like many have forgotten what’s really at stake here: Your money, your future, and the futures of your children and grandchildren. With the nation’s highest percentage of residents age 65-plus, Florida has a huge stake in the …

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— You Still Have Time to Take Action! Throughout June, AARP Florida attended nine statewide Public Service Commission (PSC) hearings to refute Florida Power & Light’s (FPL) request for a $1.34 billion increase in base rates. Know these two facts about FPL’s request: $960 million of FPL’s rate increase will go into FPL investors’ pockets. None of those funds will go to service enhancements, disaster preparedness, or energy innovation. According to their own filing with the PSC, FPL is on target …

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— It’s a promise that’s been kept for generations. You pay into Social Security, you get the benefits you earned. But to keep that promise for future generations, Social Security needs to be updated for the 21st century. If our leaders don’t act, future retirees could lose up to $10,000 a year. With the nation’s highest percentage of residents age 65-plus, Florida has a huge stake in the future of Social Security. More than 4.2 million Floridians receive Social Security benefits …

FPL customers Harold and Joyce Salomon oppose the utilty's request  for a $1.3 billion rate increase. Photo by Joshua Prezant

— By Dan Tracy Harold and Joyce Salomon have been customers of Florida Power & Light (FPL) since they retired to Coral Springs 20 years ago. They oppose its request for a $1.3 billion rate increase that would be phased in over four years starting in January. “They are doing excellently,” Harold Salomon said of FPL’s finances. “They don’t need an increase.” Salomon, 79, a retired air-conditioning engineer, has owned FPL stock for years and tracks the performance of the utility’s …

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— For Immediate Release June 29, 2016 Media Contact: Jessyca Sosa, 954.646.4584, jsosa@aarp.org Miami, Fla. — AARP Florida today said that Florida Power & Light’s request of up to 12.5 percent return on investment is more about increasing the company’s profitability than FPL providing ratepayers with safe, adequate and reliable service. “AARP believes Florida Power & Light (FPL) is already making a large corporate profit,” said Zayne Smith, AARP Florida Associate State Director for Advocacy. “The facts don’t justify asking consumers …

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— Media Contact: Ajla Subasic Social Media Strategist asubasic@aarp.org AARP Take a Stand Opens Office Headquarters in Florida St. Petersburg, Fla. — On Wednesday, June 29, AARP will officially open its Take a Stand Florida Headquarters in St. Petersburg, Orlando and Miami, to serve as a base for its staff and volunteers. Community leaders and policy makers will be present at the opening along with AARP representatives and volunteers. Through its Take a Stand campaign, AARP is fighting to ensure that …

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— AARP Florida Take a Stand has some exciting news for you! We’re kicking off summer 2016 in a big way with the opening of our three Florida headquarters. Our staff and volunteers have been on the ground and working diligently across the state for months, and now we are inviting you to come out and see what all the excitement is about.  Join us from 2 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29, as we host a grand opening of …

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— Finding out how your state legislators voted in the 2016 Legislature just got easier with the release of AARP Florida’s fifth annual Legislative Voting Record. AARP Florida’s 2016 voting record report contains detailed, vote-by-vote information on assisted living facility reform, guardianship proceedings, utilities regulation, and other important issues. During the 2016 session, AARP alerted legislators that AARP would consider their votes on certain proposals to be key votes for the 2016 voting record. And because key legislative decisions often occur …

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— TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Older Tallahasseeans would like to see more home-repair services for lower-income or older adults, affordable home-health care options, more public transportation services and better job training for older adults, according to a new survey conducted by AARP and the City of Tallahassee as part of the joint AARP-Tallahassee Age-Friendly Community initiative. “A city that is truly livable is one that ‘fits’ people of every age,” said Tallahassee City Commissioner Gil Ziffer, an early supporter of the Age-Friendly …