Monday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
The last Florida launch of 2017 marks several firsts for SpaceX and NASA
The Space Coast's last launch of the year will spark several firsts for SpaceX and NASA when a Falcon 9 rocket blasts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Tuesday. Launch Complex 40, which was heavily damaged in a September 2016 Falcon 9 explosion, will officially become operational since teams began restoration and infrastructure work. More from Florida Today.
Sarasota nonprofit pairs employers with special-needs clients
Anita Rothard is 81, an age when many of her peers are long retired. But that’s not Rothard’s style. Instead, she and her husband, Donald, co-founded a local nonprofit, Red Lion Jobs Inc., three years ago as a way to help coach people with disabilities into the right career paths. More from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
Attention, Florida holiday travelers: Gas prices dip to a five-week low
Some good news for a change: The month of December continues to deliver discounts at the pump for Florida drivers. Gas prices have slipped to five-week lows, after declining non-stop for the past month. More from the Miami Herald and Space Coast Daily.
Obscure Florida law prompts need for fantasy sports legislation
Fantasy sports advocates have said their hobby is a game of skill and shouldn’t be considered gambling. There’s one sticking point with that position in Florida: A state law prohibits betting on games of skill, making it a second-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 60 days in jail. More from Florida Politics.
Number of dead boats from Hurricane Irma rises to more than 2,000
Nearly 75 percent of the Hurricane Irma damaged or destroyed boats removed from Florida waters have come from the Keys, the U.S. Coast Guard says. As of last week, 2,069 “displaced” vessels had been removed from Florida waters. Of those, 1,500 came from the Florida Keys. More from Miami Herald.
Riding Roller Coasters for a Living
In the theme park industry, some employees such as Charlie Pickering have extraordinary-sounding jobs. They ascend hundreds of feet into the air to inspect the tops of the attractions and are the solo riders on the roller coasters when the parks are empty.
» More from the Orlando Sentinel.
The ofKors Bakery in downtown Sarasota has a machine that can print images with coffee extract onto the foam of a latte. The bakery carries a variety of macarons, cakes, eclairs and croissants but also can make a pastry topped with savory chicken or a traditional Swedish sandwich cake with cream cheese frosting and salmon.
» Read more from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
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