Thursday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Princess Cruises sentenced to pay $40 million fine for pollution scheme
Princess Cruises, owned by Doral-based parent company Carnival Corp., was sentenced to a $40 million penalty for illegally dumping oily water overboard and falsifying official logs to hide the damage. The fine is the largest ever imposed for crimes involving vessel pollution. About $10 million of the penalty will be directed to community-service programs that will benefit the maritime environment. More from Miami Herald.
Drones creating thousands of new jobs in Florida
Thousands of new jobs are coming to every industry in Florida and it's all because of drones. Nearly every industry from emergency workers to realtors are turning to the high-flying contraptions. More from WFLX.
Inside Tervis Tumblers' quest to make the coolest cups on the planet
President Rogan Donelly is using old-school, family values to modernize Tervis Tumblers. He's taken over the North Venice company at a pivotal time for both Tervis and the industry. More from the Tampa Bay Business Journal.
State says wildfires likely to get worse
With the state battling 106 wildfires covering 124,000 acres as of Wednesday, Florida’s top forestry official warned the fire season has yet to reach its peak. Jim Karels, director of the Florida Forest Service, said Florida is experiencing an “active early fire season,” with drought conditions throughout the state. More from WUFT.
CSX predicts 25 percent profit jump as restructuring begins
CSX Corp. says restructuring and cost cutting under new CEO Hunter Harrison will lift profits at the railroad around 25 percent this year. CSX officials discussed their outlook Thursday, one day after reporting first-quarter earnings. More from the AP.
Self-driving car sensor-tech firm unveils new Orlando location
A Silicon Valley-based company last week emerged from a self-imposed “stealth” mode, revealing a move of its Orlando operations into a 50,000-square-foot facility, which will host manufacturing and design of a sensor meant to make self-driving cars safer.
» More from the Orlando Sentinel.
Out of the Box
Naples company opens world's first Pickleball mega-center
Pickle Pro, a Naples based manufacturer of paddles and seller of accessories for the explosively popular sport of Pickleball, has just scored another first: a Pickleball Mega-Center that comprises not only a factory outlet store but indoor pickleball courts as well. Both are located in the same complex as the company's manufacturing facilities.
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