FYI Miami: June 24, 2021
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FERTILE GROUND FOR RESEARCH: Good news from the University of Miami in the battle against Covid-19: Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are safe for male reproduction, according to a new study by Miller School of Medicine Researchers. “Vaccine hesitancy is a barrier to ending the Covid-19 pandemic, and we believe that some of that hesitancy is due to public opinion about whether the vaccine might negatively affect fertility,” said the study’s senior author, MD and Associate Professor Janjith Ramasamy. “We were the first to demonstrate that the covid virus, itself, can affect male fertility and be a potential cause for erectile dysfunction. We are now the first to examine if there is any impact of the covid vaccine on male fertility potential, which we did not find.”
ASKING TOO LITTLE?: Some 24% of all Florida East Coast single-family home sales in May were for more than the asking prices, according to a report by ONE Sotheby’s International Realty. In Miami-Dade, 29% brought more than the asking price. Moving north, 38% of Broward sales topped the asking price, and in Palm Beach County it was 33%. “Low inventory remained one of the primary constraints on the housing market,” the company reported.
HANDS OFF PUMPS: Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law a measure that blocks local governments from preventing the siting or development of gas stations and prevents mandating electric vehicle charging stations on fuel retailers. The Sierra Club said the changes will make “the transition to electric vehicles more difficult.”
PALMETTO BAY CONNECT: Palmetto Bay has launched an app through which staff can notify users of village information. Palmetto Bay Connect, which this month debuted on the Android and iOS app stores, is described by developer In-telligent Properties as being able to “deliver timely, targeted and geolocational-based notifications and safety alerts directly to your smart devices.” Once users download the roughly 14-megabyte-size free app, they can opt into several alert types, including village-wide, Thalatta Estate, Coral Reef Park, Palmetto Bay Park, Perrine Community House, Village Hall and Ludovici Park. Use of locational data is optional, but Palmetto Bay Connect requires access to a device’s “do not disturb” option. The app, which features “Call 911,” “Call Village Policing Unit” and “Call Village Hall” options, also appears to have a group-connecting function reserved only for municipal employees. As of Tuesday, the app has one five-star rating (out of five possible) on the iOS App Store and no rating on Google Play.