April 18, 2014

Tuesday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 9/3/2013

› Theme parks ponder health insurance for part-time workers
Orlando's big theme parks, whose businesses depend on cheap, flexible part-time and seasonal labor, are struggling with how — or even whether — to provide health insurance for those workers now that the federal government is requiring better plans.

› Sabbaticals benefit faculty, UF
UF supports professional development and faculty research by granting sabbaticals to eligible faculty members each year — full-time tenured faculty who have not had a sabbatical for six years as of June. The Office of the Provost's website says sabbaticals “contribute significantly to the quality and success of research universities” and increase “a faculty member's value to the university.”

› St. Petersburg creates master plan for downtown waterfront
Beneath the overwhelming noise of debate over the future of the Pier and the Tampa Bay Rays, a project that could be even more important to the city's future is about to begin. On Sept. 9, almost two years after voters decided St. Petersburg needed a new downtown waterfront master plan, the city will host the first meeting to gather public input about one.

› Alzheimer's caregivers aren't prepared for storm season
As South Florida enters the heart of storm season, a new statewide report has found Alzheimer's caregivers are ill-prepared in the event of a natural disaster. The main concern: Alzheimer's patients are among the most vulnerable if a storm hits.

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