Monday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
Florida hits a milestone: More than 100,000 people are registered to use medical marijuana
Florida has hit a milestone of sorts as it slowly moves toward wider availability of medical marijuana. The number of patients in the state who are registered to use the substance has surpassed 100,000 for the first time, according to Florida Department of Health. More from the Tampa Bay Times, the Palm Beach Post, and WLRN.
Fishing for energy: Ocean debris turned into fuel in Florida
640,000 tons of fishing gear is abandoned each year around the globe, posing a risk to marine life. Local fishermen in the Florida Keys are catching the lost gear as part of a program that turns some of that debris into energy. [Source: NBC News]
Florida Trend Exclusive
Changing dynamics in wealth management
Many money managers are shifting toward value and overseas stocks and taking a short-term approach to bonds. A variety of economic factors looks to make 2018 a challenging year for managing investments. In this story, Florida Trend interviews some of the top wealth managers/financial advisers in the state and asked them to weigh in on their strategies. Full story here.
Opinion: Florida takes important step toward data-driven criminal justice policymaking
With nearly 100,000 adults behind bars and an annual corrections tab topping $2.3 billion, Florida is making changes that will deliver better criminal justice at a lower cost. Florida’s commitment to data-driven policy is blossoming just in time. [Source: The Hill]
Gov. Scott to make 5th trip to Puerto Rico since Maria
Scott will leave Monday on a trip his office said will be to give assistance and guidance to emergency management workers and government leaders in the U.S. territory. The trip comes less than two weeks after Scott announced he will run for U.S. Senate, challenging three-term Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. The Puerto Rican vote could be a key in the election. More from the AP and the Tampa Bay Times.
ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:
› In-Water Boat Show exceeds promoter’s expectations
Even Mother Nature couldn’t dampen the success of last weekend’s Jacksonville In-Water Boat Show. Despite being forced to close early last Sunday to avoid the threat of severe weather, patrons were pleased by the variety of available vessels, which led to an uptick in sales at Metropolitan Park and Marina.
› Eastern Caribbean joins Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association to showcase their destinations
Eastern Caribbean destinations like Puerto Rico, St. Maarten and the U.S. Virgin Islands already welcome tens of thousands of cruise passengers per day after recovering from the tragic and unprecedented hurricane season, but they are looking to the future.
› Construction jobs abound in South Florida as unemployment declines
March’s unemployment numbers declined in Broward and Palm Beach counties but remained the same in Miami-Dade County, according to data released Friday by the state.
› Orlando demand grows for Puerto Rican food, beer
Supermarkets and distributors in Central Florida and food companies back in Puerto Rico are pushing to bring more products to the Orlando area, from food and beer to spices and cleaning supplies.
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