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August 18, 2018

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Subtropical storm Alberto forms in the Gulf

Subtropical storm Alberto, a rare preseason named storm, has formed. Potential tracks, as of Friday, have the storm moving slowly from the Yucatan to the northern Gulf Coast -- including Florida's panhandle -- later this weekend. Alberto should give almost all of Florida a soaking. The subtropical nature of the storm though, means Alberto lacks the punch to quickly increase in strength and become a hurricane. More at

Trump aims to make it easier for companies to get to space

President Donald Trump is asking the government to make it easier for private companies to get to and from space. Trump signed the space policy directive Thursday. Earlier this year, during a meeting at Florida’s Kennedy Space Cente, Vice President Mike Pence and other council members recommended the government ease restrictions on private U.S. companies like SpaceX and Blue Origin. More from the AP.

Tips for staying safe this Memorial Day weekend

The Florida Department of Health has issued a list of tips for staying safe this Memorial Day Weekend. Some of them are common-sensical, such as keeping your grill away from buildings, applying sunscreen every two hours, etc. But Floridians and visitors are also reminded to avoid contact with visible algae in the water. See the full list here.

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Florida State's MagLab is chosen venue for exclusive summit of G-7 science leaders

The National MagLab at Florida State University, located in Innovation Park, was the host site for a delegation of high-level science officials representing the G-7, the group of seven nations with the most advanced economies in the world. Top science decision makers – the equivalent of key National Science Foundation officials in the United States – held their conference this week at the MagLab. It marks the first time the U.S. hosted the meeting. More at the Tallahassee Democrat.

"Alligator" Ron Bergeron Sr. will not be running for governor

Alligator Ron Bergeron, Sr. has made the decision to take his cowboy hat out of the governor's race. The South Florida businessman, Everglades conservationist and former Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commissioner said, "This was one of my most difficult decisions I have ever made because of my love for Florida, all Floridians and my desire to make a difference for others. It was a family decision made with my life partner, Ali Waldman, and our children." Bergeron said he will renew his focus on conservation, philanthropic and entrepreneurial efforts. News release here.

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With chaos the norm on Interstate 4, back roads are looking more inviting

I-4We all have seen studies that show that 132-mile-long hazardous trail is the most dangerous highway in the country. According to EverDrive, it averages 1.41 fatalities per mile. Anyone who has driven that road probably has a tale about being stuck in a three-mile long backup because of a wreck. This has been going on for a while.

» More from Tampa Bay Times.


Art, food come together at Orlando Museum of Art's Florida Prize preview party

floridaFriday June 1st will be the Preview Party for the Orlando Museum of Art Florida Prize in Contemporary Art. The event will feature the culinary creativity of Orlando’s premier restaurants and caterers, each offering dishes inspired by the 10 Florida Prize artists. The 2018 Florida Prize artists are: Carlos Betancourt, Brooks Dierdorff, Rafael Domenech, Gonzalo Fuenmayor, Ya Levy La’Ford, Jason Lazarus, Glexis Novoa, Kerry Phillips, Kenya (Robinson) and Jack Stenner.

» More information, and to get tickets, visit the Orlando Museum of Art.

 Happy Memorial Day Weekend, from Florida Trend
Our offices will be closed on Monday, May 28, in observation of the holiday. The Daily and Afternoon Pulse eNewsletters will resume on Tuesday, May 29, 2018.

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