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September 23, 2018

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| 9/11/2018

Florida groups gear up to assist Carolinas with Hurricane Florence

Ahead of what could be a catastrophic event in the southeastern part of the United States, first responders from across Florida are heading to the Carolinas to help both before and after landfall from Hurricane Florence. More from NBC Miami, WPLG, WFTS, and WESH.

See also:
» Here's how Hurricane Florence, other tropical systems will affect Florida
» Where South Florida stands as three hurricanes roar in active Atlantic
» Hurricane Florence could be the worst storm to ever hit north of Florida

Central Florida acts as hub for special technology training for Navy, military

Orlando's Central Florida research center is home to the Navy's main center for simulation and training systems technologies and is an integral part of the U.S. armed forces. At the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division facility 1,300 engineers, scientists and support personnel help develop training programs for the Army, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard, as well as many federal, state and local agencies. [Source: WKMG]

From Florida Trend:
» List (and map) of military bases in Florida

Toronto medical marijuana company to open U.S. headquarters in Fort Lauderdale

Through a complicated series of business combinations and reverse mergers, a South Florida-Toronto group (Scythian Biosciences) is building a structure to expand a Canadian company’s medical cannabis operations in the state and the United States. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]

See also:
» Scythian Biosciences and partners at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine announce positive pre-clinical data using cannabis derived therapy for traumatic brain injury

A recent survey just ranked the happiest states in America. So how did Florida do?

Florida has Disney World, beaches galore and warm, sunny weather almost all year long. But residents aren’t all that content, according to a study by WalletHub released Monday. The southernmost state didn’t even crack the top 20 in the personal finance website’s report on 2018’s Happiest States in America. [Source: Miami Herald]

1 year after Hurricane Irma, Florida agriculture stronger

Tegu in a trap

The immediate aftermath of Hurricane Irma brought scenes like this across Florida's citrus belt.

The state’s agriculture sector is a prime example of how to take one on the chin, dust yourself off, and forge ahead — again. For many growers, the last 12 months might have felt like 12 years, rebuilding, replanting, and patiently waiting for federal aid to help replenish depleted company coffers. More in this story from Growing Produce.

ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:

› Private beaches in Florida spark battle with residents and county
Santa Rosa Beach, in Florida's Walton County, is a quiet place with sugar-white sand, a pleasant surf and signs warning visitors to stay out. The largely rural county on Florida's panhandle is at the center of a battle over one of the state's most precious resources: its beaches.

› When will super-fast 5G wireless service come to South Florida?
South Florida, along with the rest of the nation, is on the cusp of what Verizon Communications CEO Hans Vestberg recently called “a fourth industrial revolution.” That would be 5G as in “fifth generation” of wireless connectivity, and developers say it will change life on the road, at work, in our homes and everywhere in between.

› SeaWorld Orlando gets a new park president
The leaders are shifting at SeaWorld Orlando. Jim Dean, who has led the Orlando theme park since January 2017, is now an executive vice president in the corporate office, said company spokesman Travis Claytor.

› USF’s new leader will need political savvy, fundraising skill
The Judy Genshaft era at the University of South Florida won't formally end until next July, but the scramble is on to land her successor. University presidents in Florida are chosen in a politically-charged atmosphere that values Tallahassee connections and the ability to raise money just as much as academic credentials.

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