Tuesday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
Visit Florida prepares to answer Gov. Scott, lawmakers
Agency officials said they will defend how they spend money to promote the state, something Florida House leaders have questioned. The full board meets Tuesday for the first time since Will Seccombe agreed last month to step down as president and CEO and the positions of two other executives were eliminated. [Source: Gainesville Sun]
Flesh-eating screwworm found on Florida mainland
Agriculture officials say New World screwworm has been found for the first time in decades on Florida's mainland in a stray dog. State and federal agriculture officials have been trying since October to contain the first U.S. screwworm infestation in over 30 years to the Florida Keys. Full story here. Also read more at the AP and WLRN.
Cuba, U.S. sign deal on oil-spill prevention
Cuba and the United States have signed an accord on preventing and cleaning up oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico and the Florida Straits. Monday's agreement is another step in the Obama Administration's efforts to solidify its legacy of normalization with Cuba before a Republican administration takes over. [Source: NBC Miami]
More Florida teachers qualify for smaller Best and Brightest bonus
A growing number of Florida teachers has qualified for the controversial Best and Brightest bonus that's based, in part, on their college entry exam scores. Lawmakers added about $5 million to the Best and Brightest pot last spring, but the amount did not allow for the bonuses to reach 2015-16 levels of $8,800. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]
Florida to take a second swing at daily fantasy sports legality
Florida is one of a large swath of states where lawmakers introduced daily fantasy sports legislation that didn’t become law in 2016. Eight states did move to legalize DFS last year. In 2017, Florida will likely be one of the states the DFS industry focuses on most in its quest for legal clarity around the US. More from Legal Sports Report and Florida Politics.
› Jacksonville’s APR Energy in financial rebound with renewal of General Electric partnership
After a couple of financially bumpy years, Jacksonville-based APR Energy officials say they’re poised for a rebound upon the renewal of a partnership agreement with General Electric.
› Former Florida House Speaker Steve Crisafulli won't run for Ag Commissioner
Previously expected to run for state agriculture commissioner in 2018, former House Speaker Steve Crisafulli announced Monday that that campaign isn't in the cards for him.
› Cuban American lost his business bid after obtaining permanent residence in Cuba
Saul Berenthal was to become the first Cuban American investor on the island with a plan to assemble tractors to help small farmers. But his full embrace of his Cuban roots backfired.
› Divide between large companies, startups closing in Orlando
Entrepreneurs in Orlando say a divide remains between small, growing companies and established businesses — one that could close off potential partnerships capable of helping the city's emerging tech scene.
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