March 19, 2018

Wednesday's Afternoon Update

What you need to know about Florida today

| 2/21/2018

Students meet with state leaders after shooting

Student survivors from the fatal shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School gathered inside the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee Wednesday. The students are in town to lobby the Florida Legislature to push a ban on the assault-style rifle used to kill over a dozen people a week ago. More from the Miami Herald, the AP, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, and the New York Times.

See also:
» Florida school shooting students raise $1.2M in 3 days for Washington march
» GOP state rep calls for end to gun-free zones after Florida shooting
» Photos: Students march to and rally around the Capitol Wednesday
» A spreading movement? How Florida school shooting survivors are inspiring other students to demand gun control

Disney adding solar farm: Reedy Creek signs easement for 50MW facility

Disney World will soon be connected to a new solar farm along State Road 429, 10 times larger than the existing Hidden Mickey solar farm near Epcot. The facility will provide renewable solar power to the Reedy Creek Improvement District, and ultimately to Disney World. More from the Orlando Sentinel.

Sarasota commissioner says new Mote aquarium is unacceptable

The announcement that Mote Marine Laboratory plans to relocate to a new aquarium at Nathan Benderson Park by late 2021 has rankled at least one city commissioner who feels betrayed that the renowned research institution is moving outside of the city of Sarasota. More from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Florida governor's trip to lure Louisiana companies appears fruitless

Florida Gov. Rick Scott came to Louisiana last month on an announced mission to bring Louisiana companies and jobs back to his state. According to leaders with three of the local companies he visited, the meetings were little more than an invitation to do business in Florida - and not relocate. More from the Times-Picayune.

Miami International Airport gets new aviation director in shuffle

After months without any word on the new Aviation Department director, Mayor Carlos Giménez has appointed Lester Sola from the county’s Water and Sewer Department as the new director of the Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD). More from Miami Today.

Florida-Israel Business Accelerator

 Thanks to an innovative business accelerator, Tampa has become the destination of choice for Israeli startups. Rachel Marks Feinman, a Tampa native and former lawyer who has studied at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, is the new director of the Florida-Israel Business Accelerator.

» More from the Business Observer.


Sports Business
Reviving Jai-Alai

florida originalsThe Magic City Casino has recruited former UM athletes to teach them how to play Jai-Alai. The athletes started training in February at the American Amateur Jai Alai in North Miami.

» Read more from the Miami Herald.

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