Voters will decide whether to limit Florida tax hikes
Florida legislators voted Monday to put a constitutional amendment on the November ballot that would ask voters to require a two-thirds majority of both the House and Senate before they can raise any tax or fee in the future. See the bill, HJR 7001: Supermajority Vote for State Taxes or Fees. Also read more from the Times/Herald, the Orlando Sentinel and the AP.
Florida consumers beware: Common scams that could fool you
Attorney General Pam Bondi is warning Floridians about common scams in recognition of 2018 National Consumer Protection Week. Scammers often target Florida because of its large senior population, military bases and millions of tourists. Tax scams and vacation rental scams are also common during this time of the year. Learn more about common scams, here.
Company-owned Publix stores now exceed 30% of the total
Publix Super Markets now owns nearly a third of its grocery stores and plans to invest more than $1 billion this year in its property portfolio. The Lakeland-based grocer owned 31.8 percent of its stores last year, up from 29.1 percent in 2016. Find more information in the company's annual results statement and at The Real Deal.
Florida Senate passes school safety bill putting restrictions on gun sales
The Florida Senate narrowly passed a school safety bill that would place new restrictions on rifle sales, allow some teachers to carry guns in schools and create new school mental health programs. Few, if any, senators were completely happy with the legislation. The bill will next move to the House, where lawmakers hope to approve it in time for it to reach Scott's desk before the session ends on March 9. See a full summary of the "Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act." Also read more from the AP and the Tampa Bay Times.
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Baptist Health: World-class care, close to home
An estimated one in four Americans will receive a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime. In Florida, new cancer cases are on the rise. For many, it may be the start of a frightening journey. Full story here. [Sponsored report]
ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:
› Florida Power & Light announces locations for next wave of solar power plants [Press Release]
Florida Power & Light Company has announced the names and locations of four new solar power plants expected to begin powering customers by mid-2019.
The newly announced solar sites are:
- FPL Interstate Solar Energy Center, St. Lucie County
- FPL Miami-Dade Solar Energy Center, Miami-Dade County
- FPL Pioneer Trail Solar Energy Center, Volusia County
- FPL Sunshine Gateway Solar Energy Center, Columbia County
› Turtle nesting season starts; care needed on Florida’s beaches [Florida Times-Union]
Beachgoers can help Florida’s sea turtles by leaving them alone, keeping them in the dark and making sure there are no obstacles in their way as nesting season begins statewide. Sea turtle nesting season begins as early as March 1 — depending on location — and continues through the end of October.
› Hard Rock's Orlando HQ to close by April [Orlando Sentinel]
Hard Rock International should be done moving its headquarters out of Orlando by the end of April, company officials confirmed, a little ahead of schedule. The company has been based in Orlando since the Seminole Tribe bought it in 2007.
› CSX targets 6,200 more job cuts [Jax Daily Record]
After cutting 4,600 jobs last year (including consultant positions), CSX Corp. is targeting an additional 6,200 job cuts over the next three years, reducing total employment to 21,000 by the end of 2020.
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› Algae Again Threatening Florida's Indian River Lagoon [AP]
Scientists are seeing concerning levels of algae this year in Florida's Indian River Lagoon, just two years after massive blooms led to the worst fish kills on record. State biologists are measuring similar algae levels in the lagoon's waters that they saw before the devastating 2016 blooms.
› Marine, aviation and transportation job fair Thursday in Hollywood [South Florida Sun-Sentinel]
Interested in working in the marine, aviation or transportation industry? There’s a job fair just for you on March 8 in Hollywood. The job fair is set for 9 a.m. to noon at CareerSource Broward’s South Center.
› Technology from a Florida company could help prevent police ambushes [WTSP]
From 2013 to 2017, 64 officers were killed in ambushes, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. A Florida company believes they have a solution.
› B-2 Spirit stealth bomber to swoop in for 2018 Melbourne Air & Space Show [Florida Today]
A B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber will make a rare Space Coast appearance at the upcoming Melbourne Air & Space Show on Saturday, March 24. The Thunderbirds will headline the air show, which takes place March 24-25 at Orlando Melbourne International Airport.