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Ned Murray, a Florida International University professor studying South Florida’s real estate market, said he suspects many buyers will be willing to move to this now out-of-the-way locale.

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"The city administration commissioned the economic impact study from Florida International University to forecast what would happen if voters approve a referendum shortening the hours of alcohol sales for outdoor venues on Ocean Drive."

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"Miami Beach officials released the results of a study that directly contradict an earlier study conducted by the restaurant industry."

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"It addresses what I think is the region’s most pressing economic development issue, which is creating high wage, high skilled jobs — that would do it,” said Kevin Greiner, a senior fellow at the Florida International University Metropolitan Center."

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Miami Beach has contracted experts from Florida International University to conduct its own economic impact analysis.

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“Every year we have a hurricane, there’s a spike in awareness and preparedness,” says Dr. Maria Ilcheva of FIU Metropolitan Center. “But a couple of years later that spike disappears. It’s very dangerous"

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FIU Met Center's Associate Director, Dr. Ned Murray, on NPR's Topical Currents discussing South Florida’s affordable housing woes.

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"Maria Ilcheva, a senior researcher at the Metropolitan Center at Florida International University, said her surveys revealed that a declining number of homeowners in Tampa have been purchasing flood insurance over the past five years because the area hasn’t been hit by a major hurricane in most people’s lifetimes."

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A hurricane like Irma “is something we have been fearing for a long time,” said Ned Murray, associate director of the Metropolitan Center at Florida International University.

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“From a public policy standpoint, what is most interesting is that especially in Miami-Dade County, the Gig Economy, self-employment, nonemployer firms – it is all really critical to this economy,” said Greiner."

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