Friday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Florida unemployment rate drops despite huge loss of jobs
Florida lost a whopping 127,400 jobs last month as Hurricane Irma swept through, according to state figures released Friday. Despite the big dip, Florida's unemployment rate continued its downward tear in September to hit 3.8 percent — the lowest since April 2007. See the news release from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. Also read more at the Times/Herald.
Recovery fund established for Florida growers impacted by Hurricane Irma
The Help Growers Rebuild Fund will expedite payment of all invoices to growers based in Florida, regardless of due date, to help increase available cash flow for recovery efforts. More from Nursery Management.
Sarasota joins bidding for new Amazon headquarters
With the clock winding down and the competition intensifying, the Economic Development Corp. of Sarasota County worked Thursday to submit a bid to snag Amazon’s $5 billion second headquarters. More from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
2010 oil spill funds remain elusive for coastal counties
Only three of Florida's 23 Gulf Coast counties have received RESTORE Pot 1 project awards, a pot of oil spill money over which the counties have the most control. As the counties continue to try to get their first projects funded, some of the larger ones have hired staff or consultants to help it through the process. More from the Miami Herald.
Collier County unable to support Arthrex's growth
When Collier County Commission Chairwoman Penny Taylor heard of Arthrex's plans to expand in South Carolina, she wasn't surprised. She was disappointed. On Monday the company announced it would build a $74 million plant and create 1,000 jobs to make medical surgical devices in Anderson County, South Carolina. More from the Naples Daily News.
Fans of bacon can now buy bouquets of it from Boca Raton-based Bacon Boxes. Founded two years ago by 20-something friends Logan Rae and Kimberly Hruda, Bacon Boxes makes bouquets, pork or duck, that run from $109 to $360.
» More from Florida Trend.
Out of the Box
Miami 'Nun With Chainsaw' beer
Nun With a Chainsaw is not the title of a classic George Romero horror flick, but rather the name of a new beer created by Due South Brewing Co. in Boynton Beach as a tribute to Sister Margaret Ann, the Miami nun whose tree-clearing work, captured in a viral video, came to symbolize South Florida fortitude in the days after Hurricane Irma. » Read more from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
See the original video of Sister Margaret Ann, as filmed by an officer from the Miami Dade Police Department, below:
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