Tuesday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
More than 2 million primary ballots headed to Florida voters
Five weeks before Florida's statewide primary election, nearly 2.2 million voters have requested ballots. Nearly half of the requests (about 978,000) were from Republicans, and 819,000 were from Democrats, with most of the rest from voters with no party affiliation. More from the Tampa Bay Times.
Duke Energy brings solar project online in Florida
Nearly 15,000 solar panels soaking up the sun in Osceola County are now providing renewable energy to Duke Energy customers in Florida. According to the company, which owns and operates the project, the Osceola Solar Facility is about the size of 13 football fields. More from Duke Energy, here.
ADP starts hiring for major expansion in Maitland
Payroll processing giant ADP has started hiring for its major expansion in Maitland, which could eventually see up to 2,400 new jobs. ADP already has two locations in the Orlando area. ADP is a global provider of cloud-based Human Capital Management (HCM) solutions that unite HR, payroll, talent, time, tax, and benefits administration. See the statement from Gov. Scott, here. Also read more at the Orlando Sentinel.
Denver investment firm buys Florida jet engine company
Denver private equity firm Platte River Equity has acquired CTS Engines, a Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based company that provides maintenance, repair and overhaul for jet engines. More from the Denver Business Journal.
Regulators propose higher levels of toxic chemicals in Florida's water
A state panel will decide Tuesday whether to allow polluters to increase the level of toxic chemicals they dump into Florida rivers and lakes as part of the first update of the state’s water quality standards in 24 years. More from the Times-Herald.
One First Coast business is attempting to address the app fatigue and social media letdown trend. HI-FI based in Ponte Vedra Beach is a startup technology firm that recently launched a service that essentially amounts to an anti-app app.
» More from the Florida Times-Union.
Out of the Box
110-year-old lobster spared the pot
A giant lobster thought to be 110-years-old was spared the pot in Florida this week after an animal rescue group raised enough funds to save it. The group campaigned for Larry’s rescue on Facebook with the hash tag #LobsterLivesMatter, raising enough money to fund his bid for freedom.
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