Friday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Deadlines set in Florida-Georgia "water war"
Florida and Georgia will have until the end of January to file new arguments in the legal fight over water use impacting the Apalachicola River system, a special master said this week. Paul J. Kelly denied Florida’s request for additional evidence-gathering in the case, which focuses on Florida’s assertion that Georgia’s overconsumption of water in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river system is harming the Apalachicola region. More from Southeast AgNet.
Hurricane Michael may put pressure on Florida to enforce stricter building code
Following Hurricane Michael's catastrophic damage in the Florida Panhandle, many people are wondering if Florida needs stronger building codes. One house in Mexico Beach, Florida, was left standing, and it could be because every construction component was designed to exceed building code. More from AccuWeather.
What the Florida midterms tell us about paying for our economic priorities
There’s a lot to unpack from the midterms. Will the recounts change the outcome of any of the statewide races? Can polling find a better model, one that predicts the actual winners? Perhaps the biggest issue, however, is what the results tell us about our economic priorities and how we want to pay for them. More from the Tampa Bay Times.
AAA: Thanksgiving could be busiest travel time since 2005
About 2.8 million Floridians — about 5 percent more than last year’s Thanksgiving — are expected to travel at least 50 miles from home for the holiday season, AAA Auto Club reported. This year’s Thanksgiving is projected to be one of the busiest Turkey Days since 2005 because of a strong economy, falling gas prices and a steady labor market. Read the announcement from AAA and see the full 2018 Holiday Travel Forecast, plus read more from the Orlando Sentinel.
After Parkland tragedy, Florida failed to address its biggest school security threat: depressed kids
The school safety bill focused mostly on securing schools and hiring security guards – not mental health, which was not one of the root causes of the Parkland shooting, but also of the 93 suicides last year in Florida for youths 18 and under. More from WTSP.
Maker Faire Orlando
By day, Al Baum works as a mechanical engineer for a local company that builds attractions for theme parks. But by night, the 53-year-old from east Orlando is a garage tinkerer. He will be surrounded this weekend by 300 other hobbyists, robot builders and arcade game creators at the sixth annual Maker Faire Orlando.
» More from the Orlando Sentinel.
Out of the Box
"The Amazing Hunt: Fort Lauderdale Beach"
On Saturday, Nov. 10, anyone with a smartphone can join “The Amazing Hunt: Fort Lauderdale Beach” and hunt for clues along 1.5 miles of shoreline south of Sunrise Boulevard. Up for grabs is $25,000 in prizes, ranging from $800 South Beach Wine and Food Festival passes to a two-night, $10,000 stay in the presidential suite of the W Fort Lauderdale.
» Read more from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
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