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The Fireworks Shop Next Door

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More Floridians will soon be able to open businesses from inside their homes. Is that a good thing?

This episode looks at a bill that would shift the regulations on home businesses from the local level to the state, and how that could change cities, towns and neighborhoods. We look at the debate over who should really control planning and zoning decisions, the officials on the ground or lawmakers in the Capitol. One local council member says if a state legislator wants to make rules about her village, he needs to start sharing his cell phone number and be ready to take calls at all hours. The state legislator behind the bill says it's all about throwing open the doors for entrepreneurial creativity.

Daniel Rivero is a reporter and producer for WLRN, covering Latino and criminal justice issues. Before joining the team, he was an investigative reporter and producer on the television series "The Naked Truth," and a digital reporter for Fusion.