Thursday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Immigrants warned about Florida travel as arrests soar
More than a dozen advocacy groups issued a warning about traveling in Florida on Wednesday saying immigration arrests there have soared more rapidly in the past year than in any other area of the country. The advisory comes as Florida braces for its busy spring break season in March, when its beach resorts and theme parks attract millions of people. More from the AP.
» U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrests climbed to 3-year high in 2017, with biggest increases in Florida, Texas, Oklahoma
» ICE, 17 FL sheriffs announce new enforcement partnership
Virgin Voyages unveils Plantation HQ, pledges to create 300 jobs
The marketing pop, sizzle and innovation of British entrepreneur Richard Branson has landed in Broward County in the form of Virgin Voyages, an “adults-only” cruise line that unveiled its new headquarters Wednesday in Plantation with a pledge to create 300 jobs. Full news release is here. Also read more at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Earlier, from Florida Trend:
» Creating a cruise line for Virgin Group
Florida environmentalist ordered to pay $4.4 million to developer
A jury in Stuart on Wednesday found famed environmentalist Maggy Hurchalla, the 77-year-old sister of deceased Clinton-era U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno and a South Florida political powerhouse in her own right, liable for interfering in a business deal that a developer tried to hammer out with two government entities. More from the Miami Herald.
Central Florida married couples say starting a business can build a bond
Research supports the idea that working together can strengthen a relationship and work life, according to a study that found couples with the same occupations or work places may have a happier family life and less job and family tension as a result of the work-related support they can offer one another. More from the Orlando Sentinel.
Singapore Air Show draws 10 participating companies from Florida
The Singapore Air Show, Asia’s largest aerospace and defense exhibition, last week drew 10 participating companies from Florida. “It’s a tremendous show if your company has a focus on aerospace,” said Manny Mencia, Coral Gables-based vice president of international trade and development for Enterprise Florida. More from Miami Today.
Florida Cracker cattle
Florida would recognize the Florida Cracker cattle as the official state cattle under a bill passed by the House. The House unanimously passed the bill Wednesday to recognize the unique Florida breed that descended from cattle brought to Florida by the Spanish in the early 16th century.
» More from the AP.
The bike-share company trying to bypass Florida cities
The world’s largest dockless bike-share company has repeatedly clashed with U.S. cities as it tries to get a foothold in the American market. But in Florida, it’s taking those disputes to the next level. The company is pushing bills in Tallahassee that would require the state to regulate dockless bike-share companies and cut cities out of the process.
» Read more from Governing.
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