Thursday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Hiring surges as unemployment dips to 6.1 percent
Pot-growing licenses may be settled by lottery
Winners of Florida's five, highly sought-after medical marijuana licenses could be selected through lotteries, according to draft rules released by the Department of Health. More at the Orlando Sentinel.
Opera Naples founder returns with new company
Two months after getting fired by Opera Naples, the opera company’s founder has returned with a competing venture: A new opera company that will bring Verdi and more to Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties. More at the Fort Myers News-Press.
Honeymoon Island is Florida's most popular state park, again
In the fiscal year 2013-14, which ended June 30, Honeymoon Island had 1,144,285 visitors, making it Florida's most popular state park for the eighth year in a row. People come for the 4 miles of beaches and the 3-mile nature trail, which also happens to be a great place to see osprey, bald eagles and great horned owls. More at the Tampa Bay Times.
Miami Worldcenter expected to create 33,500 jobs
Plans for the first phase of the multibillion-dollar 25-acre Miami Worldcenter development were submitted to the city early this week, and the project – which combines hotel, mall, convention and residential space – is expected to create thousands of jobs in South Florida. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Out of the Box
The quest for luxurious hair is a growth industry in a city where image is everything. In Boca Raton, two companies are competing to win over consumers with thinning hair with their laser-light hair-growth products. Apira Science, which developed the iGrow system, recently moved to Boca Raton from Irvine, Calif. Lexington International, which manufactures the HairMax LaserComb, has been in Boca Raton for more than a decade.
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