Thursday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
2017 hurricane season comes to end but issues linger
Today is the last day of the highly active, deadly and destructive 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, but Floridians will feel its impact for years. The massive hit from Hurricane Irma caused direct physical and emotional impacts in Florida, and ripples continue to come ashore. More from CBS Miami, TBO.com, and UPI.
» With the hurricane season ending, what's in store for 2018?
» Florida’s Hurricane Irma recovery: The cost, the challenges, the lessons
» So long, 2017 hurricane season, and good riddance
» Biggest take-away from the 2017 hurricane season? (quick poll)
Florida ranks near top of business tax climate rankings
State officials in Florida have something to crow about: the Sunshine State ranks among the Tax Foundation's Top 10 states for business tax climate. Measuring how much tax revenue is generated by state government isn’t an exact science and there are a number of ways to do it. See the story from Florida Watchdog, here, or download the full report (PDF).
Web based system helps Florida strawberry growers ward off deadly pathogens
Strawberry growers in Florida and South Carolina are reaping the benefits of a UF/IFAS web-based system designed to ward off two deadly pathogens, a new University of Florida study shows. [Source: Fresh Plaza]
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Waste not: Florida Organic Solutions puts Hurricane Irma's spoils to use
On a typical day, Florida Organic Solutions takes in about 500 cubic yards of yard waste and begins the nine-month process of converting the plant and tree material into nutrient- rich compost. After Hurricane Irma, the Seffner facility started getting 10 times as much yard waste — more than 5,000 cubic yards of debris a day Full story here.
Online job board set up to help employ Puerto Rico evacuees in Florida
A new online job board, LatinoJobsOnline.com, has been established to help Puerto Rico storm evacuees find jobs in Florida following Hurricane Maria. For Robert Newland, president and CEO of Newland Associates Executive Search in Orlando, strong personal ties to the island inspired him to start the initiative. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]
› Forecast: Volusia to be No. 3 hottest housing market
A new national report forecasts the “Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach” area will be the third-hottest housing market in the country next year, with sales of existing single-family homes expected to rise 5.5 percent in 2018.
› On Florida coasts, ghost forests serve as stark sign of sea level rise
Among the starkest markers of sea level rise are what scientists describe as ghost forests, coastal thickets left in waste by creeping salt water. Scientists say it’s happening now at a dramatic rate and are working to understand the ramifications for the landscape, wildlife and local community.
› Here’s where bankers see the best chances to grow loans in Florida
If the economic recovery in Florida were a baseball game, many of the state’s bankers believe the game is in the middle innings, but there’s a growing number who foresee the recovery drawing to a close.
› Art sales figures may turn around at Art Basel Miami Beach
Global art sales dwindled for two years, last year totaling about $56.6 billion, down 11% from 2015. However, in June buying picked up, an artwork sold at a record price, and that was all before Art Basel Miami Beach.
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