December 17, 2014

Thursday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 6/20/2013

› Publix launches full-service catering across South Florida
Having a party? Publix wants an invite. The Lakeland-based supermarket chain is now offering full-service catering across South Florida, bringing chef-prepared meals, drinks, decorations, flowers and other party items. If desired, the chefs will show up and cook on-site.

› Congress still at odds on where astronauts should go next
Where should NASA astronauts go next? That's been the question for the past decade, when President George W. Bush ordered a since-canceled mission to return Americans to the moon. And disagreement over the answer continues to paralyze U.S. space policy.

› Port Canaveral names Walsh as new CEO
Port commissioners named John Walsh as the port's permanent chief executive officer. Walsh has been interim CEO since March, when he replaced Stan Payne, who was CEO for nine years.

› Jacksonville business specializes in getting American companies into international markets
Venezuela native William Guillermo Mora’s passion is connecting Jacksonville’s business community to the rest of the world. His business, GM Consulting-Gamma Brands on Jacksonville’s Southside, specializes in developing business plans for companies — primarily American heavy industrial and manufacturing firms — that want to enter foreign markets, as well as helping foreign businesses enter the U.S.

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