Thursday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Stone-crab harvest down, prices way up
In 46 years as a commercial fisherman, Gary Graves says he has never seen a stone crab harvest season as poor as this one. Graves, who runs Keys Fisheries in Marathon — the main supplier for Joe’s Stone Crab in Miami Beach — says his catches are down 40 percent since the season opened Oct 15. More at the Miami Herald and the AP.
Revamped food truck rally to roll in to Gainesville
On Saturday, Gainesville's Food Truck Rally is coming back, boasting more space, more vendors and more time. "Our first event had an incredible turnout," said Pat Lavery of Glory Days Presents, the company that collaborated with Pelican Brothers Food Truck to plan the free festival. "But our biggest goal is to decrease the wait times. We're trying to improve the experience for everybody." More at the Gainesville Sun.
New superhero show to be prepared in Ellenton
The people behind The Greatest Show on Earth will be taking Spider-Man, the Hulk, Thor and Iron Man on a global tour in 2014, and its "nerve center" will be Feld Entertainment Inc.'s new worldwide production headquarters in Manatee County. More at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
State questions handling of BP oil-spill money
State lawmakers may take over a BP-financed tourism program because troubles have cropped up in how the money has been handled in a couple of Panhandle counties, according to Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville. More at the Orlando Sentinel.
Small businesses find ways to beat skills shortage
Companies across the country have been working short-handed because it's hard to find workers with the skills they need. The shortage is harder for small businesses than it is for larger ones. They don't have as many employees to step in to when there's an opening. More at the AP.
A new memoir from a man who spent more than three decades as a water patrol officer and land patrol lieutenant in Florida is getting high praise. Read more about it at the Florida Bookshelf and see a video of the author interviewing notorious poacher Roger Gunter at the St. Augustine Record.
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