Thursday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Battle over Florida Supreme Court appointments
The Florida Supreme Court is being asked to avoid a potential "constitutional crisis" and affirm that Gov. Rick Scott does not have the authority to appoint judges whose terms expire on the same day he leaves office in 2019. The request came in the form of a quo warranto petition filed yesterday by the Florida League of Women Voters and Common Cause.The groups will argue that a governor cannot appoint the successors of three Florida Supreme Court justices who will be retiring on the same day he is out of office, because the justices' terms "run through the last second of the evening of Jan. 8, 2019." More from the Tampa Bay Times, FOX 35, and the Miami Herald.
Florida firm triggers SEC suspension with cryptocurrency claims
The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is taking action against a publicly traded venture capital firm in Florida that has issued its own cryptocurrency. In a 7th June order, the top US securities regulator made public its attempts to suspend the trading of securities offering exposure to the company, Sunshine Capital. More from Coindesk.
SeaWorld stockholders vote off board chairman
David D’Alessandro, who led the board since 2010, failed to get a majority of votes in an uncontested board election. Some said the move showed investors’ frustration over executive pay. Full story from Reuters, here. Also read more at the Orlando Sentinel.
Biggest container ship ever to call at a Florida port arrives at PortMiami
The Maersk Shanghai slipped into Government Cut before dawn Wednesday and headed to its berth at PortMiami, becoming the largest container ship to ever call at a Florida port. The 1,063-foot-long, 159-foot-wide megaship is almost the length of three football fields. More from the Miami Herald.
Florida law enforcement looks at increasing intelligence sharing
A year after the Pulse nightclub shooting jolted Central Florida, law enforcement officers from across the state are gathering this week to strengthen counter-terrorism strategies aimed at preventing a repeat. More from News 13.
Best U.S. cities for gamers
The No. 1 city for gamers? Sorry, Silicon Valley: It's Orlando, Florida, which came in tops for gaming environment, second for gamer and development opportunities -- but 53rd for internet quality and coverage. Being a terrific tourist town, Orlando also scored high for number of arcades -- gotta do something on those days when you don't feel like hitting a theme park.
Out of the Box
True-crime buffs this week can bid on a signed Al Capone legal document, circa 1930, denouncing allegations the criminal kingpin ran an illegal liquor house in Miami. But mystery surrounds how the document wound up on the auction block — it appears to have been swiped from original courthouse files.
» Read more from the Miami Herald.
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