March 19, 2018

Tuesday's Afternoon Update

What you need to know about Florida today

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Florida's solar energy remains below average despite strides

Florida lags behind the Southeast overall in solar energy despite strides by Florida Power & Light in adding solar, according to a new report by the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. The non-profit organization for “responsible” energy choices said Florida utilities are on a path to more than 4,000 megawatts of solar by 2021. More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

See also:
» The Carolinas lead as solar booms in the Southeast

Real estate giant tops $1 billion in Florida sales

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Properties Group achieved more than $1 billion in closed home sales in 2017 — up 7.5% over the previous year. The company reported $1,034,046,712 in total closed residential sales and 5,050 total closed residential transaction sides in 2017. More from the Business Observer.

Broward restaurant group acquires 34 Wendy's locations

A Pompano Beach company has acquired 34 Wendy's restaurants throughout Knoxville, Tennessee and now bills itself as one of the city's largest employers with 1,150 new people on its payroll. More from the South Florida Business Journal.

SeaWorld losses widen for the year, CEO Manby departs

SeaWorld is posting a fourth-quarter loss of $20.4 million and says CEO Joel Manby is stepping down. John Reilly, the chief parks operations officer, will take over on an interim basis. More from the AP.

How much money the Florida Retirement System has made from gun stocks

The Florida Retirement System Pension Plan has posted a nearly $179,000 gain from its stock holdings in four companies that make guns or ammunition in the nearly two weeks since the school shooting in South Florida. More from the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

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» Meet Florida's influential NRA lobbyist

Out of the Box
Florida Nudists Vs. USPS

 Nudists who live at Eden RV Resort and City Retreat in Hudson say they are being discriminated against by the U.S. Postal Service. One postal carrier refuses to deliver mail inside the gates of the resort for fear of seeing naked people, residents say.

» More from WFLA.


Ford's Miami Self-Driving Cars Will Tackle the Tricky Bits

florida originalsAs part of partnerships with Domino’s and the on-demand delivery company Postmates, Ford will use its first few months in Miami to study how people interact with driverless deliveries, from the store stockroom to customers' front doors

» Read more from Wired and Business Insider.

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St. Baldrick’s Day
St. Baldrick’s Day

Saturday is St. Patrick’s Day but since July 1999 an organization dedicated to funding research to end childhood cancer — the St. Baldrick's Foundation — co-opted the Irish celebration to come up with St. Baldrick’s Day.

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