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December 13, 2017

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| 9/15/2017

Hurricane Irma’s major economic toll on Florida takes shape

Hurricane Irma left Florida days ago but the state’s economy, the fourth-largest in the U.S., is feeling the hit. Losses in agriculture, the state’s second largest industry after tourism, are expected to be in the billions of dollars, according to the Florida Farm Bureau. [Source: Wall Street Journal]

See also:
» Hurricanes Irma, Harvey will have a significant negative impact on third-quarter GDP growth
» Orange growers are devastate by Irma
» Hurricane Irma aid ranges from waived credit-card fees to foreclosure delays
» As more storms loom, Florida tries to make room for more water
» Keys homes, battered but standing, may be a model for reducing damage in Florida

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Florida Icon: Wilson Bradshaw

The former president of Florida Gulf Coast University shares stories and lessons learned from a life in academia. “When I talk to young people today, and I tell them about attending segregated schools when I was growing up in West Palm Beach, they kind of gasp...” Read the full interview with Bradshaw, here.

Irma pushes Florida's poor closer to the edge of ruin

Fleeing Irma wasn't an option for those who lacked transportation to get to a shelter, couldn't afford gas to drive north and couldn't rent a hotel room. The likely costs associated with cleaning up or finding a new place to live pushed them closer to the edge than ever. [Source: AP]

See also:
» In this Florida city, Irma took their jobs as well as their homes
» Irma's cost to Florida already exceeds Matthew's
» State Attorney Melissa Nelson announces hotline, plans to prosecute Irma-related crimes
» Tech companies find ways to use platform's services to assist during Irma

Trump praises Irma response, then shifts to politics in Florida

President Donald Trump met with federal and state leaders in Florida on Thursday as he surveyed damage from Hurricane Irma and praised the rapid response of the recovery effort. Trump quickly injected politics into the visit, telling reporters that he was hopeful that Rick Scott, a two-term GOP governor, will challenge a Democratic senator next year. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]

Worker morale a hidden cost for employers after Hurricane Irma

The fallen trees, the water, the downed signs are just the most obvious effects of Irma. Paul Fadil, chair and professor of management at University of North Florida’s Coggin College of Business, said the major hidden business cost of an event like Irma is simply employee morale. [Source: Florida Times-Union]

ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:

› World Rowing Championships still a go for Sarasota County
The show must go on, even when a hurricane comes barreling into town—and in this case, the show is the 2017 World Rowing Championships, which will be held at Nathan Benderson Park from Sept. 23 to Oct. 1

› Tips for keeping your company up-to-date with technology, from Premier Eye Care
Given the technology-related challenges, how do companies adapt without losing focus on delivering quality customer service every day?

› SeaWorld's new board chair named
SeaWorld named its new board chairman this week after shareholders ousted the previous leader. The board of directors elected Yoshikazu Maruyama to take over beginning Oct. 9, according to a news release from the company. Also read more at the Orlando Sentinel.

› Bradenton developer honored for sustainability
The U.S. Green Building Council named Koral and Gobuty Development Co. LLC of Bradenton an outstanding single-family developer. Koral and Gobuty Development, which developed the 55-plus Bradenton community of Mirabella, tied with John Marshall Custom Homes of Davidson, N.C. for the award.

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