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August 18, 2018

Wednesday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 2/7/2018

› Port Tampa Bay hires Stephen Fry as vice president of finance
Port Tampa Bay has hired Stephen Fry as vice president of finance, a new position created to oversee the port’s financial records and reporting requirements. Fry, whose salary is $130,000 a year, also will develop, monitor and manage the port’s annual operating and capital budgets, debt and investment portfolios, grants and risk management program.

› The alert warned that a tsunami was heading for Florida. It was just another mixup.
Cell phones and social media went nuts early Monday after a routine monthly test message for tsunami warnings from the National Weather Service for Florida, the U.S. east coast and parts of the Caribbean got recirculated as an official alert.

› St. Petersburg College partners with Clearwater Business SPARK
St. Petersburg College has partnered with Clearwater Business SPARK as its 10th and newest partner. St. Petersburg College will work with Clearwater Business SPARK to provide business-related services, resources and programs, including its Workforce Institute and Collaborative Labs.

› Sharks attacked more than 30 people off Florida in 2017
For the second year in a row, sharks bit more than 30 people in unprovoked attacks off Florida’s waters, according to new data. But the good news is these predators killed no one in 2016 and 2017 in Florida and the rest of the U.S.

See also:
» UF reports 2017 as average year for worldwide shark attacks, deaths

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