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August 14, 2018

Tuesday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 5/15/2018

Fortune 500 company Mosaic plans to move HQ to Florida

The Mosaic Company late Monday announced plans to move its corporate headquarters from Plymouth, Minn., to Hillsborough County. The phosphate mining giant currently employs 3,000 Floridians. Details of the move, including timing, the likely location of the corporate office and the number of employees to be relocated, remain under consideration. See the company announcement here and read more at the Tampa Bay Times and the Pioneer Press.

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Carol Craig

In recent years, Florida’s national profile has been shaped largely by “news of the weird” featurettes and the “Florida man” meme in social media. As readers of this website know, the state also has distinguished itself in more substantial ways, from our access to higher ed and land preservation to highway infrastructure and open government laws.
» Full story here. (Photo: Carol Craig is one of more than 1 million women business owners in Florida.)

Florida county becomes first in the U.S. to let residents pay taxes with bitcoin

Florida's Seminole County will soon accept bitcoin and bitcoin cash as payment for county services, like taxes and drivers license fees. It's believed that Seminole County will be the first government body to accept cryptocurrency as payment. More from Business Insider, the Orlando Sentinel, and Coin Desk.

Florida tomato growers enjoy excellent spring conditions

Florida is now more than half way through its spring tomato season. Ideal weather conditions have provided growers with plenty of tomatoes and, more importantly, excellent quality. Domestically, the state will be the primary host of the tomato crop in the country for at least the remainder of May before production spreads north and west. [Source: Fresh Plaza]

Sports betting possible in Florida after Supreme Court ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal law banning sports gambling in most states on Monday, opening the door for lawmakers in Florida and other states to legalize sports betting. Whether state lawmakers will move to legalize it in Florida, however, is an open question. More from the Orlando Sentinel, the Tampa Bay Times, and the AP.

See also:
» High court's move to life sports gaming ban could change Florida's gambling debate
» Gambling ruling not a winning ticket in Florida
» Gambling on sports in Florida? If Putnam is elected, don’t bet on it


› Days before mega-mall vote, Miami-Dade still wrestling with traffic questions
He's set to vote Thursday on whether to bring America's largest mall to undeveloped land on the western edge of Miami-Dade's urban core. On Monday, Commissioner Xavier Suarez floated a complex new transit plan for the proposed American Dream Miami site.

› Royal Caribbean brings bigger ship to Port Tampa Bay to handle Cuban tourism traffic
The number of U.S. visitors to Cuba is down 40 percent for the first quarter of this year, but the outlook around Port Tampa Bay’s cruise ship terminals remain upbeat. It’s optimistic enough that Royal Caribbean International on Monday launched a new, larger ship, the 880-foot-long Majesty of the Seas, in response to increased demand for sailings to Havana.

› For state insurance officials, the 'p' term is a dirty word
Public insurance adjusters are often seen by insurance companies as adversaries because — unlike regular claims adjusters who work for insurance companies inspecting damages and working up repair cost estimates — public adjusters work directly for policyholders and often challenge estimates by insurance companies’ adjusters.

› Candidates pitch ways to aid Florida farmers, ranchers after natural disasters
After farmers and ranchers endured extensive damage in Hurricane Irma, candidates for state agriculture commissioner are offering a variety of approaches to make Florida’s food chain more resilient before future natural disasters.

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Miami drivers now have to be on the ‘wrong’ side of the road. How did they do?
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