Monday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
Florida’s next governor may have budget surplus to work with
Florida's next governor may inherit a small budget surplus during his first year in office, according to an annual forecast by state economists. The new forecast released late Friday shows the state is expected to bring in enough money in 2019 to meet its needs for public schools and health care programs while leaving $1 billion available for reserves . [Source: AP]
Florida governor on hurricanes: 'Now is the time to get prepared'
After a briefing from the Florida Division of Emergency Management on Hurricane Florence, Governor Rick Scott is urging Floridians to get prepared. Florence strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane Sunday morning and is forecast to strengthen into a major hurricane by Monday and approach the southeastern U.S. coast later this week. Currently, there is no part of Florida under a hurricane or tropical storm warning. More from WTXL and Action News Jax.
After 18 years, USF president Judy Genshaft expected to announce retirement today
University of South Florida president Judy Genshaft, who in her 18 years at the school’s helm has steered the research powerhouse along a swift upward trajectory into a new era of ‘preeminence,’ is expected to announce her retirement Monday. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]
One year after Hurricane Irma: Florida Keys’ society unraveling
People whose grip on Eden was tenuous before Irma blew their homes apart, are feeling it slip away entirely in the face of strict rebuilding codes that require raised structures fortified to withstand Mother Nature’s worst. [Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune]
Florida Trend Exclusive
Sarasota is popping
From Andy Corty, Florida Trend's Publisher: I took an Urban Land Institute tour of downtown Sarasota and was amazed at all the construction — a good mix of commercial space along with apartments for the younger set and higher-end developments. Corty's full column is here.
ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:
› Local businesses put pressure on the Jaguars to bring home another successful season
The Jacksonville Jaguars took home the first win of the season against the New York Giants Sunday, but it's not just the team bringing home success. “Any time the Jags do well, people come out and buy our stuff,” Jam Clothing co-owner, Joshua Garrett said. “Another thing, we have unique stuff you can’t find anywhere else.”
› Second bank says no to Florida candidate who supports pot
Florida's Democratic candidate for agriculture commissioner says a second bank has terminated her campaign account because she supports medical marijuana.
› Self-storage proposal could mean the end of bitter saga over Tamarac land
A development scandal that rocked Tamarac City Hall and left three commissioners accused of corruption is almost nearing an end. And the finale to that bitter saga may come in the form of a self-storage project.
› Red Tide arrives in Pinellas, killing hundreds of thousands of fish
Pinellas County environmental officials have reported hundreds of thousands of dead fish on and off the coast of area beaches stretching more than 20 miles from Clearwater to St. Petersburg, confirming that Red Tide has reached the Tampa Bay area.
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