Friday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Florida receives failing grades for cancer efforts
An advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society graded Florida among the worst-performing states in implementing policies to fight and prevent cancer, largely for failing to expand access to Medicaid and not taking sufficiently aggressive efforts to discourage smoking. More from the Miami Herald and the Lakeland Ledger.
Florida Trend Exclusive
Endless arrays: Food halls are spreading across Florida
Food halls, the hottest trend in Florida this year, may be the perfect option for diners looking for plenty of choices, offering an arena of choices —from craft beer, nitro-foamed coffee, artisan empanadas, oddball burgers and duck tacos to green, black and kombucha tea, ramen, barbecue, mix-and-match mac ‘n’ cheese and poke bowls. Read the Florida Dining column here.
Florida's toxic algae crisis: Are Gulf and freshwater seafood safe to eat?
Little is known about the impacts blue-green algae can have on freshwater fish and blue crabs, but early research doesn’t paint a promising picture. More is known about the effects of red tide on seafood, but with each new fish kill that washes ashore the local appetite for seafood, even perfectly healthy seafood, diminishes. More from the Naples Daily News.
Veterans Florida announces new entrepreneurship program partners
Veterans Florida has selected the newest group of Network Partner Organizations to participate in their Entrepreneurship Program. The program offers online and in-person instruction to provide veterans with the knowledge necessary to open and operate their own business. More from the Tallahassee Democrat.
Seminole Tribe of Florida bans plastic straws in its state casinos
Seminole Gaming, the tribe’s gaming arm, announced Thursday that its Florida casinos will no longer offer plastic straws beginning Sept. 1. Effective the same day, Seminole-run casinos will eliminate plastic takeout bags in favor of paper ones. More from the Tampa Bay Times.
Ultra-luxury cruising is coming to Cuba
Seabourn, an ultra-luxury cruise line, will launch cruises from Miami and Puerto Rico to Cuba in 2019 with itineraries that include some novel ports of call for the booming Cuba cruise business. Bookings opened Thursday for the 11-, 12-, or 14-day sailings aboard the 458-passenger Seabourn Sojourn.
» More from the Miami Herald.
Science and Nature
Scientists return from a mission to save coral reefs in the Florida Keys
A team of scientists and divers from the Florida Aquarium, NSU, Mote Marine Lab and the Georgia Aquarium just returned after spending 15 days in the Florida Keys for a coral spawn. The team collected 150,000 coral gametes (coral eggs and sperm) during the coral spawn that only happens once a year after a full moon.
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