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Four tips to get the best price with Florida’s hurricane prep sales tax holiday

Florida’s sales tax holiday for hurricane supplies starts Friday and runs through Sunday, June 6. Before you go to the store though, you should be aware of a number of caveats and exceptions on what you can buy and not pay sales tax on.  Let’s examine four tips to make you a more savvy shopper. Tip one: It’s not carte blanche  Florida’s sales tax holiday is not offered carte blanche. Only certain items are allowed to be sold without sales tax as determined by the State of Florida. What qualifies isn’t up to the store’s discretion, and it’s not up to...

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‘Ana’ expected to form in the Atlantic

The NBC2 First Alert Hurricane Tracking Team continues to monitor an area of low pressure in the Atlantic, which is showing signs of becoming better organized and could develop into Subtropical Storm Ana in the next two days. The area to watch is currently a non-tropical system about 800 miles east of Bermuda. The National Hurricane Center now gives the system a 70% chance of developing in the next two days and a 90% chance of developing in the next 5 days. The good news is the storm will stay out to sea and will not be a threat to Florida or the U.S. mainland. Likely soon-to-be Ana...

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Hurricane Preparedness Week: 2 topics a day

It’s National Hurricane Preparedness Week and your NBC2 First Alert Meteorologists want you to be prepared. Every day we will feature two topics that will help you get ready for the upcoming hurricane season. 1. Write things down Grab a pen and paper and write down your important contacts. That includes names and numbers of family members, doctors, and veterinarians. You can use this physical contact list as a backup to your cell phone and computer. It’s a good idea to make paper copies of the contact list and other important documents like medical records, birth certificates...

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Warehouse to help St. Matthew’s House better serve SWFL residents in need

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. — With just weeks until the start of Hurricane Season, volunteers with St. Matthew’s House are more prepared than ever. The community help organization was able to get a warehouse that will help them better serve those in need in Southwest Florida. St. Matt’s officials said summer is their busiest season because kids are out of school and people normally work less. Summertime also means hurricane season. In the new warehouse, volunteers are gathering goods that many people might need this year. They’re stocking up on water, MRE’s,...

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