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A mobile home in the Iona community in Fort Myers on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, was damaged by the storm surge caused when Hurricane Ian struck the area.
The state’s tourism marketing agency said it is finalizing a “recovery plan.”
The St. Petersburg bank is cutting back its residential mortgage division.
The Jacksonville company supplied armed security at 106 Trulieve medical marijuana shops around the state.
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  1. Hillsborough Fire Rescue responded to a large fire at a fish farm in Plant City on Tuesday morning.
  2. A mobile home in the Iona community in Fort Myers on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, was damaged by the storm surge caused when Hurricane Ian struck the area.
  3. Jacksonville's First Coast Security, which provides armed security guards at dispensaries owned by Trulieve, the company behind Florida's first legal marijuana crops, has announced it will lay off 289 workers statewide, including 64 in Tampa Bay, as Trulieve switches to another company for security services.
  4. BayFirst Financial, formerly known as First Home Bank, is closing its Clearwater residential mortgage office and laying off 58 workers.
  5. The destroyed bridge leading to Pine Island is seen in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian in Spring Hill, Fla., Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022. The only bridge to the island is heavily damaged so it can only be reached by boat or air.
  6. Damage caused by Hurricane Ian seen at Charlotte Sports Park located on the grounds of the Tampa Bay Rays Spring Training complex seen on Thursday. The U.S. Small Business Administration is opening the first of several recovery centers to help residents, businesses and nonprofits apply for loans.
  7. Amanda Tress, founder and CEO of the FASTer Way to Fat Loss, offers a high-five to pro trainer Haven Hennessey while recording a workout session on Sept. 6 at the company’s headquarters in Clearwater. Also participating, at left, is Tress' husband Brandon.
  8. Shrimpers David Newcomb, aka One-Eyed Dave, 62, center, and David Hutchins, 59, aka Sandbar Dave, right, visit on the deck of the shrimping trawler Lexi-Joe on Friday, Sep 30, 2022, at Erickson and Jensen Seafood Packers in Fort Myers Beach.
  9. Remnants of homes and flooded vehicles mingle off the frontage of a hotel on Fort Myers Beach on Thursday, Sep 29, 2022, which was mostly destroyed after Hurricane Ian made landfall overnight on Wednesday.
  10. In this photo taken by a drone, boats lie scattered amidst mobile homes after the passage of Hurricane Ian on San Carlos Island, in Fort Myers Beach, Fla., Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022.
  11. Saying no to buying a timeshare can be tough after a high-pressure sales pitch that stretches on for hours.
  12. Disaster Program Manager Bill Egerton explains features including storage containing PPE and food distribution materials within their emergency response vehicle at the American Red Cross in Norfolk, Va. on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022. This vehicle will be deployed to Florida on Monday to assist with Hurricane Ian relief efforts.
  13. Medicare Supplements and Medicare Advantage Plans are completely different types of Medicare policies.
  14. Members of PostcardMania’s search engine marketing team meet at the open-concept meeting room at the small business marketing company on Friday, March 12, 2021, in Clearwater. Founded in 1998, PostcardMania has over 290 staff and operates out of a 69,800-square-foot campus where they produce millions of direct-mail postcards each week, and deliver online advertising through Google and Facebook.
  15. Danny Rice of Colliers
  16. A view of The Pier as the Tampa Bay drains in a reverse storm surge with Hurricane Ian expected to make landfall this afternoon on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022 in St. Petersburg.
  17. Wild Adventures Theme Park, shown here in Valdosta, Ga., is offering free admission to those displaced by Hurricane Ian this Saturday and Sunday.
  18. (From left) Kenny King, a handyman in Safety Harbor, and Jon Walker, the co-owner of Tides Seafood Market & Provisions, board the Safety Harbor market’s entrance on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022, ahead of Hurricane Ian’s arrival.
  19. Because of Hurricane Ian, Disney issued an announcement that its four theme parks would be closed on Wednesday and Thursday and Disney Springs, its shopping and entertainment center, would also close,
  20. The Howard Frankland, and the two other bridges bridge connecting Pinellas and Hillsborough counties — the Gandy Bridge and the Courtney Campbell Causeway — are being monitored by the Florida Department of Transportation and law enforcement.
  21. Debbie Ballantyne loads groceries, including bottled water and wine, she picked up at Publix in Plant City on Tuesday in preparation for Hurricane Ian.
  22. Tampa International Airport will cease commercial flights at 5 p.m. Tuesday due to the impending arrival of Hurricane Ian, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Monday evening.
  23. A Publix store in Metrowest was nearly sold out of water Saturday as residents readied themselves ahead of Hurricane Ian.
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