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December 14, 2017

Tuesday's Afternoon Update

What you need to know about Florida today

| 9/26/2017

Investors start cleaning up with disaster-recovery boom

Billions of dollars of insurance money will be flowing into damaged areas of Florida to clean up and rebuild after Irma. Investors are watching and getting involved. Disaster recovery and property restoration is a growth industry and, with some predicting wilder weather in the future due to climate change, the horizon looks limitless. More from CNBC.

Darden earnings disappoint as hurricanes cut into sales

Darden Restaurants boosted sales at its restaurants including Olive Garden in its fiscal first quarter, but Hurricane Harvey in Texas hurt growth at its new acquisition Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen. More from the Orlando Sentinel.

Florida airports among least expensive in the nation

According to RewardExpert, Tampa International Airport is the fifth least expensive domestic airport. Two other in-state airports in the top five include Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International at No. 1 and Orlando International Airport coming in third. More from the Tampa Bay Times and see the report from RewardExpert.

Who's behind Florida's Constitution Revision Commission?

Florida's constitution is open to change in a rare citizen-based process this year. Florida is the only state in the country that has this unique path to legislation. More from WTSP.

State of Florida closes on first small biz emergency bridge loan

The first State of Florida-backed bridge loan of $25,000 was presented this week to Helen and Andy Viola, owners of Viola’s Pizza Pasta and Seafood Restaurant at 6149 A1A South in St. Augustine. More from the Jacksonville Business Journal.

Environment
Florida's climate could save some of America's ash trees

florida Five of the six species of ash are now critically endangered but Florida's hot climate might be saving the sixth. The Carolina ash tree, which lives in southern states like Florida, is the one species not listed as critically endangered.

» More from Popular Science.

Remembrance
Rancher and cattle breeder Alto "Bud" Adams

florida originalsIconic rancher, pioneering cattle breeder, avid environmentalist and wildlife photographer Alto "Bud" Adams Jr. died Saturday morning at his ranch in western St. Lucie County. He was 91.

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