Monday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
Florida, hit more times than any other state, has not had a hurricane in eight straight seasons — a desperately needed break after the worst two back-to-back years on record. But since then, there have been plenty of near misses fired from the Atlantic Basin, which experts say remains in a cycle of high activity. [Source: Miami Herald]
» Florida insurance industry better prepared for hurricane season
» As hurricane season starts, social media at the fore
» Preparing volunteers for times of disaster
» Florida counties lack space in hurricane shelters
| Ava Parker, COO of Florida Polytechnic University
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Florida Polytechnic University welcomes its first class in August, just two years after its creation. At this status report, you'll hear from COO Ava Parker, read an assessment of strengths and weaknesses, learn what's behind the unique architecture and more. Access full story here and read more about Higher Education in Florida.
Mothers, do you want your daughters to grow up to be CFPs? Alarmed that not enough women are entering the profession of certified financial planning, there’s a push to get more female college graduates and career-changers into the industry. [Source: Miami Herald]
Though Florida may be known for Disney and oranges, dozens of massive ranches make this state one of the largest cattle producers in the nation. One ranch alone, the Deseret Ranches in St. Cloud, stretches to 295,000 acres — roughly 20 times the size of Manhattan Island. [Source: TBO.com]
Age 65 is the year we traditionally associate with retirement, but this age is declining in significance. Only one major retirement benefit still kicks in at this age, and plenty of people aspire to retire at both earlier and younger ages. Here's a look at why age 65 no longer resonates as a target retirement age. [Source: US News and World Report]
ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:
› Cuban high schoolers may come to U.S.
The U.S. State Department is offering $1.2 million to bring 75 to 100 Cuban high school students to the United States for “summer leadership” sessions, in a ongoing effort to provide educational opportunities to island youths.
› Lockheed develops tools to fight viruses
Buoyed by tens of millions of defense dollars, Lockheed Martin Corp. has made Orlando ground zero for a "test range" to help the military develop antivirus technology to combat hacker attacks and cyber-terrorism.
› Florida schools and businesses go to pot
Schools are popping up in Florida to teach the ABCs of P-O-T, while new medical marijuana-related businesses are proliferating as the state approaches the Nov. 4 vote on whether to legalize marijuana for medical use.
› State's budget a mixed bag for conservation efforts
Although Florida lawmakers had more than a $1.2 billion surplus to use in the new state budget, environmental groups say the 2014 Legislature shorted conservation efforts in several critical areas, including the protection and restoration of state springs.
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