Friday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
How Florida’s swelling population presents business opportunities
Businesses that make products, the stores that sell them and the real estate professionals who find the sites where they can house their companies are among potential big winners as Florida’s population grows. More at the Tampa Bay Business Journal.
Ferry operators eye Florida to Havana service
At least five shipping companies have applied for special licenses from the U.S. State Department to relaunch overnight ferry service from ports in Florida, according to shipping executives familiar with the matter. More at the Wall Street Journal.
Regulators seek public comment to improve Florida's solar programs
The 62-year-old site of Dania Jai-Alai is down to its skeleton as construction workers hustle to open a full casino on the site in December.
The state Public Service Commission said it wants information from individuals, business and utilities that helps address practical ways "to more effectively promote solar energy in Florida." More at the Tampa Bay Times.
Five of the most epic failures in business history
From failed mergers to epic corporate collapses to the cream pie that landed on Bill Gates’s face, Michael Farquhar recounts some of the more catastrophic episodes of American enterprise in his new book “Bad Days in History: A Gleefully Grim Chronicle of Misfortune, Mayhem, and Misery for Every Day of the Year.” More at the Quartz.
Urban innovation on display at Smart City Startups conference
Inside and outside a Wynwood warehouse on a hot, rainy Thursday, startups were proudly demonstrating electric skateboards for city commuting, a city bench that doubles as a power station, new concepts in bike sharing and plenty of energy-saving products and services for homes, businesses and governments. More at the Miami Herald.
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