Thursday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Florida to bend voting rules in counties hit by hurricane
The administration of Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday that eight counties in Florida's Panhandle can start and end early voting beyond existing deadlines. Normally, early voting is supposed end the weekend before the election. Additionally, the state is going to make it easier for people displaced by the storm to receive and send ballots by mail. More from the AP.
Will parking meters return to downtown Sarasota?
Despite public outcry from merchants and residents that ultimately squashed Sarasota’s last paid parking program downtown, the City Commission once again is considering installing meters that municipal staffers claim will help local business in the city’s busy core. More from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
Orlando's tech community want to go regional and grow
A push by an Orlando tech group to build relationships with other communities in Central Florida – along with a rebranding – could expand its reach, supporters say. But backers of the recently named Orlando Regional Tech Association efforts also say it’s too early to tell whether it will succeed. More from the Orlando Sentinel.
Miami-based MoviePass parent company under investigation, according to reports
The parent company of popular movie subscription site MoviePass is under investigation by the New York Attorney General’s office, according to multiple reports. Citing unnamed sources, CNBC and Bloomberg report Miami- and New York-based company Helios and Matheson may have misled investors about its financial standing. More from the Miami Herald.
Is recreational marijuana legalization coming in Florida?
The face of Southwest Florida's law enforcement for decades said it might be time to legalize marijuana recreationally in Florida. “Marijuana is probably the least of our problems,” said Former Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott. More from WBBH.
Shelley Broader, president and CEO of Fort Myers-based retailer Chico’s FAS Inc. emphasizes emotional intelligence as a key quality for modern business leaders who want to cultivate a positive, inclusive work environment and empower employees.
» More from the Business Observer.
Suneera Madhani, the daughter of a serial entrepreneur, used her savings to found Fattmerchant in 2014. The merchant services company offers flat-rate, month-to-month credit-card processing to businesses.
» Read more from Florida500.
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