Tuesday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
U.S. Supreme Court to hear Florida-Georgia water rights case
The Supreme Court says it will hear a decades-long dispute between Florida and Georgia over water rights. The justices on Tuesday issued a brief order in a lawsuit that Florida filed at the high court challenging water use by its neighbor. More from the AP and the AJC.
State in talks to bring new launch system to Space Coast
Space Florida is negotiating with an unspecified company to bring a new system to Cape Canaveral to demonstrate an ability to perform frequent launches. If it bases operations on the Space Coast, the company referred to by the code name Project First Down over four years would bring an estimated 254 jobs with an average salary of $80,000. More from Florida Today.
IFAS Extension helps Florida Keys lobster industry recover
The Florida Keys Commercial Fishermen’s Association is responsible for 4,500 jobs in Monroe County, making it the second-largest economic engine in the Florida Keys next to tourism. More from UF's Alligator.
South Florida hotel developers to mark construction milestones
Some South Florida hotel developers are observing key construction milestones this month for projects set to open within the next few years. These new hotels and others in various stages of development show that investors are eager to grab a slice of the region’s still-vibrant tourism industry. More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Port Tampa Bay sets record with $55.4 million in operating revenue in 2017
Port Tampa Bay posted its biggest operating revenues ever this year — $55.4 million — beating its previous record from two years ago. The total reflects revenue solely generated by port operations, not property tax revenue or grants, officials said. More from the Tampa Bay Times.
Florida Center for Cybersecurity Conference
On the heels of the announcement of massive data breaches at Equifax and Yahoo, the University of South Florida's cybersecurity arm, the Florida Center for Cybersecurity, will host its annual conference Oct. 27.
» More from the Tampa Bay Times.
Out of the Box
Combating Cancer with Curry
A University of North Florida professor is on the trail of a promising cancer treatment derived from an ingredient in turmeric, the fragrant spice used in yellow curry. Kenneth Laali, a chemistry professor, is creating synthetic compounds that are structural modifications of a natural product, curcumin.
» Read more from the Florida Times-Union.
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