August 17, 2019

Monday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 8/20/2018

› Early voting open statewide; Where, when to cast primary ballots
More than 900,000 Florida voters have cast ballots in the primary election as early voting locations opened statewide Saturday. The Florida Division of Elections' website shows that, as of Friday night, more than 834,140 voters have mailed in their ballots. More than 71,497 people have voted at early voting polling places.

› St. Petersburg ranks No. 39 in U.S. for affordable living, study says
St. Petersburg is beating the national averages on affordable homeownership, according to a SmartAsset study. The financial technology company ranked 115 of the biggest cities in the U.S., measured by mortgage payments, property taxes and closing costs.

› Red tide leaves foul taste for some early Sarasota voters
As red tide fouls beaches, kills sea life and chokes coastal Southwest Florida communities, the toxic blooms also are leaving a bad taste with many early voters who are vowing to hold politicians accountable. In interviews with voters across the region on the first day of early voting for the Aug. 28 primary, there was a sense of bipartisan frustration.

› Kim Kardashian was used by Fort Lauderdale startup to mislead customers, suit says
JetSmarter, the Fort Lauderdale-based private jet startup that Silicon Valley has valued at more than $1 billion, used celebrities including Kim Kardashian and Petra Nemcova to mislead customers, a new lawsuit alleges.

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