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Cemetery on reef new lure for lovers of the sea….Lisa Orkin Emmanuel…

about 45 feet below the ocean’s surface lies a cemetery with gates, roads, markers and even benches…The Neptune Memorial Reef…opened last fall the creators see ift one day covering 16 acres and holding the remains of 125 thousand…

The ashes are mixed with cement designed for under water use and fitted into a mold…a copper or bronze nameplate is installed…coat…$995…up to $6,495…

Hip recipients sound off….Barnaby J. Feder….

Ceramic hip replacement…touted as the new…improved ..preferred ….choice…have a downside…a squeak…an annoying… embarrassing squeak not found in the old style replacement materials…HMMM….made in China?….

Numb after dentist? ….Get back that feeling…Andrew Pollack…

a small drug company won approval to reverse the effects of the numbing shots after the procedure…

How strange…they took away the reversal drops for vision…after an eye exam…not long ago…

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S.Fla. political clout on the wane?…Gary Fineout…

the supposed golden era for S. Fla. …a 4 yr. period where clout would bring money and priorities this way…is coming to a close…with changes in the legislature…due to 10 S. Fla. legislators not returning …

further causing a tug in the hearts of S. Fla. residents……..

so do we in LBTS get on the bandwagon with those calling for secession… ( just to make a point? ) or join Hollywood in not voicing any solidarity …due to a perception that the legislature might retaliate against those towns that speak out?….

Appraisal changes spark industry outcry….Kenneth Harney…

a major brawl is breaking out over how homes are appraised, at what cost, and by whom….the outcome could affect the price you pay for your next piece of real estate , and the amount of your mortgage…..

“home valuation code of conduct”…the code scheduled for 1/09 …would shake up the entire appraisal system…

under the agreement Fannie and Freddie would spend $24 million over the next 5 yrs. to create and staff a “independent value protection institute”…to monitor appraisal standards and provide a complaint hotline for appraisers and consumers…

Who’s not happy with it…major financial and banking trade groups….

also at issue…how a single state…New York…can exercise such authority through its settlement between Atty. General Cuomo and the Macs…sanctioned by the office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight…violated multiple federal statutes ….

these institutions are federally regulated…and cannot be ordered to change key loan underwriting procedures by a state government….

expect it to go to court….of course….

the outcome…after all is dragged out…hopefully accurate appraisals for consumers…but when?…….

Turkey smashes into beer truck….

A driver of a beer truck has been hospitalized…after a turkey flew into his windshield Sat. morning…

a few days ago a woman was hit in the face by a pelican requiring more than a couple of dozen stitches…and not long a person was killed when a stingray jumped into a boat….HMMM.

Must be global warming…

so why isn’t Al Gore all over this…after he announced that the Myanmar devastation was a product of such?

Skylift Balloon Ride Closes….

Miami’s newest tourist attraction is now out of air…

the 73 foot tall balloon ride that only opened a few months back…went through everything but…its intended use…its filed for bankruptcy protection…but who gives protection for stupidity…

according to the news…it could not fly in high winds…Hello?…it’s Miami…and high winds…research is important ….when doling out the big bucks…for a venture such as this….

Don’t be a victim of real-estate fraud….Wayne Klein…

beware…of limo rides for properties in trouble….and rigged condo-hotel units …where sellers claimed profits from renting out the rooms would pay for the cost of buying the room….when economy soured…hotel managers…rented out the hotel’s rooms first…leaving the buyer with little expected income…even with the unit rented , the high fees give most of the revenue to the hotel….OOPS!…

Maybe this is why so many potential LBTS condo- hotels…are now properties for sale…or offering free weekends to our service men and women?…………

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