October 24, 2014

Tuesday's Daily Pulse

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| 6/24/2014

Port Canaveral's new cargo era is born

The port and a unit of a United Arab Emirates-based company signed a 35-year deal Monday for the company to operate a cargo terminal at the port. Port officials say the deal with privately-owned Gulftainer and its new U.S. unit, GT USA, would create 2,000 direct and spinoff jobs when fully operational, including 500 at the port itself. They said Gulftainer plans to make a $100 million investment locally in infrastructure, equipment and staff. Read more from Florida Today.


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'Mini-Silicon Valley' for health care sprouting in South Fla.

The doctor of the future has arrived, and his digital makeover has Florida's fingerprints all over it. From prescriptions and X-rays to patient consultations and bill collection, the physician's smartphone is doing it all, serving as a digital practice and usurping the stethoscope as the go-to accessory. The Boca Raton-based South Florida Technology Alliance even had a workshop last month that sought to answer a burning question: "What is it about South Florida that makes this the right time and place to grow a successful health-care technology company?" [Source: Sun-Sentinel]


Critics deride planned All Aboard Florida train

All Aboard Florida officials won praise throughout the state when they announced plans two years ago to build a passenger-train network that would link Orlando with Miami. But now, critics want to slow or stop the project. They contend the $2.5 billion operation that could start carrying passengers in late 2016 could harm the quality of life in towns along its path, serve as a front for gambling interests and suck up tax dollars for private gain. Gov. Rick Scott — a big supporter — has asked train backers to slow down the process by at least two weeks to allow for more public input. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]

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» $29M train station proposed for All Aboard in West Palm Beach


Citizens may cut insurance rates

A lot of customers think state-run Citizens Property Insurance Corp. charges too much. Now its own number-crunchers agree. The company is proposing to cut 2015 rates for many of its customers when its board meets Wednesday. It could mean lower bills for nearly seven out of 10 policyholders statewide with the rates falling by an average of 3.2 percent -- and as high as 7 percent in Palm Beach County. Mobile home owners would see average rates drop by 3.9 percent. [Source: Palm Beach Post and Tampa Bay Times]


ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:

› Miami looks to other cities in struggle with Lyft, Uber
In the showdown between the taxicab industry and upstart car services, there are no Davids — just Goliaths. Burgeoning ride-for-hire companies led by Uber, whose worth has been estimated at $17 billion, have the deeper pockets. But established taxicab owners, with their decades-long foothold in the community, have a stronger grip on local politics.

› Judge Judith Hawkins faces removal from office
The Florida Supreme Court said Monday evening it intends to throw off the bench Leon County Judge Judith Hawkins as part of a judicial-misconduct case in which she was found to have used her office to promote her ministry.

› Commissioner’s dad keeps $225,000 no-bid job
The father of Broward County Commissioner Martin David Kiar will stay on as attorney for the Value Adjustment Board for as long as five more years.

› Florida Trend wins seven Editorial Excellence awards
The Alliance of Area Business Publishers presented 108 Editorial Excellence awards to newspaper and magazine business periodicals on June 21. The annual competition recognizes excellence in journalism, photography and design achieved by regional business publications.


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