Friday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
Irma could test strength of Florida’s strict building codes
After a catastrophic Hurricane Andrew revealed how lax building codes had become in the country’s most storm-prone state, Florida began requiring sturdier construction. Now, experts say a monstrously strong Hurricane Irma could become the most serious test of Florida’s storm-worthiness since the 1992 disaster. [Source: AP]
» 'Panic buying' sparks gas shortages in Florida
» Irma could cause havoc for Florida's citrus, sugar industries
» Florida Tourism Industry Watching Hurricane Irma
» U-Haul to Floridians: We will store your stuff during Irma for free
» Irma forces largest evacuation of prisoners in Florida history
Florida's private-sector job growth increases 8 percent over year ago
Florida added 18,700 private-sector jobs in August, an 8 percent increase over the same month a year ago, payroll firm ADP said Thursday. In August 2016, Florida added 17,303 jobs. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]
Across Florida, growers are taking precautions of their own, from draining fields to securing equipment to ironing out emergency plans ahead of the massive storm. [Source: Naples Daily News]
South Florida’s economy is being pumped up by new construction, but those projects could slow as the industry finds it can’t hire the skilled workers it needs. Seventy percent of construction firms nationwide report they’re having a hard time filling openings for skilled construction workers. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]
SpaceX launched the Air Force's super-secret space shuttle on Thursday, a technology tester capable of spending years in orbit. The unmanned Falcon rocket blasted off from Florida's Kennedy Space Center, as schools and businesses boarded up for Hurricane Irma. [Source: AP]
› Top Florida home insurer could face big hit from Irma
A decade-long lucky streak of decent weather that helped rescue one of Florida’s biggest home insurers from collapse could come to a wet, violent end if predictions about Hurricane Irma prove true.
› AMC, Cinemark, Regal & More Closing Florida Theaters As Hurricane Irma Nears
After Hurricane Harvey shut down most multiplex locations in Corpus Christi and Houston two weeks ago, here comes Hurricane Irma, which is expected to hit the Florida peninsula overnight Saturday.
› Education stars as major player in Gainesville’s tech startup community
With a shared goal to change the world and improve learning strategies through technology, innovative EdTech startups emerge into Gainesville’s startup community with a bang.
› Mayport fishing vessels scramble for docks in Jacksonville
The entire First Coast shrimping and fishing fleet is in the process of moving away from the coast and into a safer docking space in downtown Jacksonville as Hurricane Irma bears down on Florida.
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