Monday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Gov. Scott proposes $1.7 billion investment in Florida's environment
Gov. Rick Scott announced today that he will propose more than $1.7 billion to protect Florida’s environment as part of his 2018-2019 recommended budget. This funding is more than $220 million increase over the current year. The proposed funding will include $55 million for Florida’s springs, $100 million for Florida’s beaches, $355 million for Everglades restoration and more. See Scott's announcement here. Also read more at the Tampa Bay Times.
Florida pays nearly $437,000 after losing skim milk battle
Florida is paying nearly $437,000 to cover the fees of attorneys who sued Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam. A federal appeals court earlier this year sided with an all-natural dairy that fought the state's demand to label its skim milk "imitation" because vitamins aren't added to it. More from the AP.
Orlando City Council to consider support for tech firms
City leaders want to finalize a plan that would create a $150,000 fund to encourage tech entrepreneurs to start companies, with hopes of attracting the attention of private investors. More from the Orlando Sentinel.
Publix pharmacies open in BayCare locations
Publix retail pharmacies are now open at St. Anthony’s Hospital’s Suncoast Medical Clinic in St. Petersburg, St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa and at Morton Plant Hospital’s new Doyle Tower in Clearwater. In addition to retail pharmacy services provided in the hospitals, two more collaborative pieces are under development. By the end of the year, all Publix stores in Pinellas, Pasco, Hillsborough and Polk counties will feature BayCare HealthHubs. See the news release here. Also read more at Business Observer.
Florida law firms fined $9.16 million for filing frivolous tobacco complaints
A federal court in Florida has fined two personal-injury law firms a combined $9.16 million for pursuing 1,250 Engle progeny lawsuits against U.S. tobacco manufacturers that were determined to be frivolous complaints. More from the Winston-Salem Journal.
Stefani Schuetz started Sarasota-based sun protective clothing company Tri Sirena in 2015, after she was diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer. Awareness is a big part of Tri Sirena’s mission, beyond selling clothing. Schuetz wants people to know about melanoma, how to prevent it and how covering up with sun protective apparel can help.
» More from the Business Observer.
Out of the Box
If you're looking for pumpkins in Florida and Texas this year, there's a chance some retailers may not be stocking them — and for reasons that might surprise you. In the wake of destruction from hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Home Depot is one of the retailers not stocking as many pumpkins this year.
» Read more from CNBC.
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