October 20, 2014

Thursday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

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› Top official under Florida Attorney General joining law firm
The chief of staff for Attorney General Pam Bondi is leaving state government and taking a new job. Carlos Muniz, who was also deputy state attorney general, joined McGuireWoods Consulting as a senior vice president on Dec. 31. He is also going to be a partner for the McGuireWoods law firm. He will be based in the Jacksonville office.

› Florida fishery managers grapple with rules, regulations during conference
A meeting among federal and state fishery managers on Tuesday proved the only thing harder than catching fish is coming up with rules and regulations for fishing that are acceptable to all anglers. Representatives of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico fishery management councils grappled with issues during a two-day conference in Key Largo. The group seemed divided about whether to create a regional South Florida management council, develop regional rules, or have the FWC take over rulemaking for species commonly found off South Florida, which would include yellowtail and mutton snapper, black grouper and possibly hogfish.

› Florida law to legalize warning shots passes Senate panel
A bill that would grant immunity to Floridians who show guns or fire warning shots in self-defense could be poised to pass this year after failing to get a hearing in 2013. The so-called warning-shot bill (SB 448), which would amend the state's controversial "stand your ground" self-defense law, cleared its first Senate committee on Wednesday.

› Fast growth in ‘fast-casual’ food
Somewhere between McDonald’s and Applebee’s, Americans have found a new favorite way to eat. "Fast-casual" restaurants, a mashup of fast food and casual dining, have taken off in the last decade, and the trend is no different in Bay County, where chains like Panera Bread, Newk’s and Five Guys stay busy. “It’s not just about the cheapest place anymore,” said Bonnie Riggs, a restaurant industry analyst.

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