Monday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
A closer look at the fastest growing states, including Florida
In 2014, Florida overtook New York as the third most populous state in the country. Florida has continued to grow at a near nation-leading pace. The state’s population grew by 1.8% in 2016, far more than the 0.7% national population growth rate. The top five fastest growing states are:
- Utah. 1-yr pop. growth rate: 2.03%
- Nevada. 1-yr pop. growth rate: 1.95%
- Idaho. 1-yr pop. growth rate: 1.83%
- Florida. 1-yr pop. growth rate: 1.82%
- Washington. 1-yr pop. growth rate: 1.78%
A few more stats from the USA Today report:• Florida's current population: 20.61 million • 2015 population: 20.24 million • 10-yr population growth rate: 13.46%.
Gov. Scott announces funding to help Puerto Rican Hurricane Maria refugees find work in Florida
Scott said a $1 million “investment” has been established for 12 state workforce development organizations to help some of the nearly 300,000 Puerto Ricans enter the Florida workforce after they relocated to the state following Maria. More from the Florida Times-Union.
Commentary: An inconvenient truth - Central Florida's role in civil-rights movement
Harry Moore was an activist far ahead of his time when it came to matters of community organizing, such as voter education and registration; addressing inequality among Florida black and white teachers’ pay during the ’40s and ’50s; and filing lawsuits and writing letters to Florida elected officials to challenge police brutality. More from the Orlando Sentinel.
Boca-based ADT to roll out security feature for Google Home
By this spring, homeowners who use ADT’s security and automation system will be able to use voice commands to lock or unlock their doors, whether they’re fans of Google Home or Amazon’s Alexa speaker device. See the announcement from ADT here. Also read more at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Beckham’s Miami soccer team has been a dream for years. The reality may be days away.
David Beckham met with his business partners, Jorge and Jose Mas, and Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure, on Thursday and Friday in Kansas City, as the newly assembled group prepares for a late-January official launch of Miami’s long-awaited Major League Soccer team. More from the Miami Herald.
Moving fire bombs
Across South Florida, crooks are using “skimmers” to steal credit-card numbers at gas stations, then using the accounts to buy fuel that is transported in vehicles illegally laden with dangerous fuel. Police estimate that there are scores of trucks swollen with gas in unsafe containers traversing South Florida roads on any given day.
» More from the Miami Herald.
Twice as nice
When Tampa-based Liberty Group first considered the idea of developing a new hotel in its home city, market research indicated that both a new Hampton Inn and a Home2Suites would fit well with visitor demand and travel trends. So Liberty decided to do both — on the same property in Tampa’s Channel District. To cut costs and expand guests’ experience, developers throughout the Gulf Coast are delving into ‘dual-branded’ hotels.
» Read more from the Business Observer.
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