Thursday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Flu season hits Florida hard
The flu has started to rage in Florida, but though it’s widespread, it’s not likely to be a pandemic like the lethal swine-flu that struck in 2009-2010. More from the Miami Herald and Health News Florida.
» How you can protect yourself and others
» Florida hospitals note surge in flulike cases
» Health officials raise Brevard's flu warning to 'moderate'
» Influx of influenza spurs FSU students to get free vaccine
» Got the flu? New app helps you lay the blame
» Busy flu season for Jacksonville hospitals
Aerospace firm to add 130 engineering, manufacturing jobs
Parametric Solutions, which has developed a niche as an aerospace and aviation product designer, announced it will add 130 jobs over the next two years at its operation in Jupiter. This is the second recent expansion for Parametric Solutions, which added 50 jobs in 2011. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Tourism officials worry about smoking on Siesta sand
Local tourism officials are worried that if smoking is once again allowed on Sarasota County beaches, the nation’s top-ranked beachfront and others could become a big waterside ashtray. Visit Sarasota County President Virginia Haley and others say a countywide smoking ban was a critical component to Siesta Key’s beach being ranked No. 1 in the nation in May 2011. More at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
It's a great weekend to scoop up a franchise
Imagine a job where you can indulge in ice cream and other sweets every day. If you’ve ever dreamed of owning an ice cream shop, a hugely popular Palm Beach County store is in franchise expansion mode, selling new locations for $750,000. Of course, consuming too many scoops might eat into your profits. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Brevard hopes to benefit as satellite industry faces fewer regulations
Congress has relaxed regulations that classified satellites as weapons and put U.S. companies at a disadvantage in the lucrative international space exploration and communication sector. The change might help Brevard County companies find new markets for space technology, said Dale Ketcham, a Brevard space industry consultant. More at Florida Today.
Join us to learn more about Florida's fast-growing charter schools industry. Answering questions will be guest Jonathan Hage, CEO of Charter Schools USA, one of the biggest charter school companies in the nation. Hage was recently selected as Florida Trend's Floridian of the Year.
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