Rep. Allen West (R-FL) speaks to constituents at a town meeting in Deerfield Beach, Fla., on Thursday. Greg Allen/NPR hide caption

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A Red Flame grapefruit affected by the disease known as citrus greening, which leaves fruit sour, malformed and unusable -- and eventually kills the tree. Greg Allen/NPR hide caption

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott smiles during inauguration ceremonies Tuesday in Tallahassee. John Raoux/AP hide caption

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A planned dredging project at the Port of Miami would cost $75 million in federal money. However, incoming Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) says that he does not support federal earmarks. Wilfredo Lee/AP hide caption

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Mock-up of a high-speed-rail train by Siemens, one of the firms in the running for the Florida contract, with Siemens executives Eric Spiegel (left) and Oliver Hauck in Tampa in October. Steve Nesius/AP Images for Siemens hide caption

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It's a circuitous route to the last house on the end of No Name Key, Fla. Most houses on this tiny island community are powered by solar energy. J. Pat Carter/AP hide caption

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Florida Sen.-elect Republican Marco Rubio holds a press conference at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Fla. Jeffrey Boan/FR34776 AP hide caption

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Lighting Science Group, a small Florida-based company selling its bulbs at Home Depot, is the first firm to manufacture an LED, which costs less than $20 and produces as much light as a 40-watt incandescent bulb. Greg Allen/NPR hide caption

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Julio Galligaris sorts through mail-in ballots that have been cast and received at the Miami-Dade Election Department headquarters in Doral, Fla., on Wednesday. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Master metal artist Serge Jolimeau, whose work is featured in the new "Heart of Haiti" collection at Macy's, hails from Croix-des-Bouquets, a Haitian town with a metalworking tradition that goes back to the 1930s Courtesy of Fair Winds Trading hide caption

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