Thursday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Despite privatization, Florida prison health costs continue to rise
As a candidate, Gov. Rick Scott pitched the idea of having private companies provide health care to the state's prisoners in a plan to save taxpayers $1 billion over seven years. But in the first five years of privatization, the cost has climbed from $278 million to $375 million. Full story from WUSF, here.
As Orange County Convention Center grows, so do Orlando hotels
A $500 million addition to the Orange County Convention Center has some hotel owners looking to capitalize by adding rooms years before work on the massive venue is expected to finish. More from the Orlando Sentinel.
Pompano-based HR services company says clients' personal info accessed in data breach
A Pompano Beach-based provider of human resources services for small businesses is notifying its clients that their personal information was accessed in a data breach. ComplyRight, which sells a suite of data services under the brand name HRdirect, said in a letter to at least one client that it discovered “unauthorized access” of its website. More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Could giant ads and parks named after corporations solve Miami Beach’s budget woes?
Parks named for corporations, ads on the outside of parking garages and flip-flops emblazoned with the Miami Beach logo. These are a few of the ideas Miami Beach is considering to raise money as the city faces financial constraints caused by rising personnel costs and a lack of new development. More from the Miami Herald.
Florida researchers zero in on potential threat of new mosquito virus
A virus responsible for an illness outbreak in Venezuela is spreading to other parts of the Americas, says a University of Florida scientist who is closely monitoring the Mayaro virus. Most recently, the virus was found in a child in Haiti in 2016. More from Infection Control Today and WUSF.
Miami delays decision on Formula One race
Miami administrators have delayed a discussion on a contract to bring a Formula One Grand Prix race to downtown, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez confirmed Wednesday. The discussion, originally scheduled for July 26, will now be delayed until after the City Commission’s August recess in order to get more input from downtown residents.
Beaver Street Fisheries
Some guys take jobs in the freezer warehouse of Beaver Street Fisheries and manage to last a few days in the arctic cold, in that perpetual state of 10 degrees below zero. Then they’re gone. Some don’t even make it through their first day. Raymond Azar, operations manager for warehousing, has seen it. And he understands: That cold, he says, just drains you, even if you think you can handle it.
» Read more from the Florida Times-Union.
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