Photo: United TechnologiesThe UTC Center for Intelligent Buildings opened April 16 in Palm Beach Gardens.
Tuesday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
United Technologies on Tuesday is officially opened its UTC Center for Intelligent Buildings, a 224,000-square-foot building in Palm Beach Gardens that will house 500 employees and expects to host 5,800 visitors this year alone. Gov. Rick Scott said, "I was proud to join UTC today to officially open its new Center for Intelligent Buildings, which has already created 380 jobs. I was also proud to announce that UTC will be adding to its many accomplishments in Florida and creating an additional 100 jobs for families in Palm Beach County." More in the news release from Gov. Scott here. Read more at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Florida constitution commission rejects immigration verification proposal
The state Constitution Revision Commission rejected a proposal that would have asked voters to require businesses to use a system similar to E-Verify to determine immigration-related eligibility of employees. The proposal, rejected in a 24-12 vote, drew heavy opposition from agriculture, tourism and construction interests. More from the Bradenton Herald.
New grocery stores sprouting in Southwest Florida giving shoppers more choices
There are now a dizzying number of choices of where to shop for food — and there are more stores coming soon. The Sunshine State has more grocery stores than ever, and Southwest Florida is following that trend. More from the Naples Daily News.
Coke Florida sues former president for breach of contract
Coca-Cola Beverages Florida says Reginald Goins, former president and chief operating officer, breached contractual agreements with the company by disclosing confidential information in a lawsuit filed in Hillsborough County Circuit Court in March. More from the Tampa Bay Business Journal.
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NASA, SpaceX targeting Wednesday launch of planet hunter after scrub
SpaceX hopes to be ready Wednesday evening to launch a planet-hunting NASA science mission from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. A first attempt to launch a Falcon 9 rocket and NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, was scrubbed several hours before Monday's planned 6:32 p.m. liftoff. More from Florida Today.
SBA Minority-Owned Small Business Person of the Year
Brian Butler, president and CEO of Vistra Communications, LLC (Vistra), has been named the 2018 U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Minority-Owned Small Business Person of the Year (State of Florida and South Florida District).
» More from Florida Small Business.
Out of the Box
As long as sea turtles remain on the Earth, they will always have a hospital in the Florida Keys. The Turtle Hospital’s deed is now permanently restricted to remain a place for turtle care, thanks to its creator.
» Read more from the Miami Herald.
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