Wednesday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
How is Florida’s health? Not so great, report says
Florida slightly improved its national standing this year, rising from 36th to 32nd overall in the annual America’s Health Rankings report. But the takeaway for the nation’s third-largest state is that it has a long way to go in many important health categories. See Florida's full state findings here. Also read more at the Tampa Bay Times.
Cape Coral, Fort Myers hiring to be ‘best in nation’
Hiring in Cape Coral, Fort Myers and other parts of Lee County is expected to be the "best in the nation" in the first quarter of 2018. More than one-third of employers in the Cape Coral-Fort Myers Metropolitan Statistical Area expect to hire during the first three months of the year. See an infographic from ManpowerGroup, here. Also read more at the Fort Myers News-Press.
Florida declares Everglades water cleaner than ever. Miccosukee Tribe says not so fast.
Florida water managers say water running from conservation areas into the Everglades is cleaner than ever, reaching the lowest levels since clean-up efforts began. But the Miccosukee Tribe, which won a landmark case forcing the state to clean water, said the district continues to exclude polluted water from monitoring reports. More from the Miami Herald.
Legal questions raised on Brevard County borrowing $8 million to pay Blue Origin incentive
Brevard County's previously approved $8 million incentive to rocket maker Blue Origin will be coming due in April. But there now is a dispute among Brevard officials over whether the county can legally borrow the money so it can make its payment to Blue Origin. More from Florida Today.
The Sunshine Economy: The Basel bump for art museums
Another year of Art Basel and Art Week is history, but will the growing number of art museums in South Florida experience a Basel bump? WLRN spoke with the leaders of three regional art museums. More from WLRN.
Real Estate Law
Repurposing undesirable property
Contamination can cause a once valuable property to become undesirable and an eyesore in an otherwise thriving community. The State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and in many instances, local environmental authorities, are actively engaged in the oversight and monitoring process of contamination sites.
» Full story here. [Sponsored report]
End of an Era
Nicko’s Fine Foods
Nicko’s Fine Foods, known as the place Elvis Presley ate following a 1956 concert and Tampa’s last classic prefabricated diner, has shut down after more than 60 years in business. A noticeable decline in customers during the past few years preceded the move, as trendy new eateries opened along Florida and Nebraska avenues in Seminole Heights.
» Read more from the Tampa Bay Times.
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