Friday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
UPDATE: Amendment 8 has been struck from November ballot by Florida Supreme Court
This brief was updated Friday afternoon: Voters will not be weighing in on Amendment 8 in November. The controversial proposed constitutional amendment that could have significantly altered Florida's public education landscape "is stricken from the November 2018 general election ballot" says the Florida Supreme Court. The education proposal had three prongs: term limits for school board members, requiring civics education in public schools and creating a pathway for charter schools to be overseen by a body other than local school boards. More at the Tampa Bay Times.
Earlier, from Florida Trend:
» Pros and Cons of Amendment 8
Boca Raton company acquires Austin software firm
Boca Raton-based Campus Management Corp. has acquired Austin-based Education Partners for an undisclosed sum. Both companies specialize in software for colleges to manage financial aid and other processes. More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Cuba’s real estate market is booming. But will it last?
Since the Cuban government legalized the sale of private residences in 2011, thousands of houses and apartments have changed hands each year. Today more than 8,000 properties are available for sale in Cuba at any one time. Four out of five are in Havana, home to one in four Cubans. More from the Miami Herald.
Disney union workers overwhelmingly approve new contract to phase in $15 minimum wage
Walt Disney World is Central Florida’s largest employer, which has made some question if other large companies, including Universal Orlando Resort, will be pressured to follow suit and raise wages. More from the Orlando Sentinel.
FPL parent announces new goal for carbon dioxide emissions
NextEra Energy — parent company of Florida Power & Light Co. — on Thursday announced it plans to reduce its rate of carbon dioxide emissions by more than 65 percent by 2021. The Juno Beach-based energy and electric utility company said the target is part of an ongoing goal to “create a sustainable energy future." More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Boca Raton's little-known role in securing WWII victory
Sue Skemp received her B.S. in the old mechanical engineering building at FAU — the same building where, years before – according to family lore – her dad helped win World War II. Theirs was a little-known story that connected Boca Raton to Europe and beyond.
» More from FAU News.
Jenny Alday Townsend is the epitome of what sometimes in the music business is called an overnight success that took 10 years. Her business, Sarasota-based Music Compound, started as an idea, in 2009, to create a gathering space for music lessons, events and concerts for kids ages 5 to 18.
» Read more from the Business Observer.
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