Tuesday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Florida looms over a possible McClatchy-Tribune deal
Florida’s pivotal role in U.S. presidential elections could become a potential obstacle in a deal to expand a newspaper empire. As Tribune Publishing Co., owner of Florida’s Sun Sentinel, considers offers for the business, one of the potential combinations under discussion has sparked concerns that it could create a concentration of regional newspapers under McClatchy Co. More from Bloomberg.
New headquarters would bring 250 jobs to Fort Lauderdale
A professional services business is considering relocating its headquarters to Fort Lauderdale from the East Coast, according to the city of Fort Lauderdale. The company would bring 250 jobs with an average annual wage of $55,990, according to an item on the City Commission agenda Tuesday. More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Florida pension fund joins call for gun makers, dealers to embrace safety
Florida has joined a coalition of major pension funds and investment companies that have adopted a set of principles aimed at encouraging gun manufacturers and retailers to adopt safety and transparency measures. More from the Orlando Sentinel.
Ed Chiles picks a CEO to run his company
The Chiles Group will be led by Chuck Wolfe, a management consultant who once worked for Ed Chiles’ father when he was Florida’s governor. Chiles will remain owner, chairman and president of the Anna Maria Island-based company that owns three popular restaurants, an organic farm, aquaculture businesses and local real estate. More from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
Call center operator laying off 249 employees in Plantation
A call center operator is laying off 249 employees from its office in Plantation, effective Dec. 31. Centerfield Media Holding Co., which has offices in Los Angeles and New York but is incorporated in Delaware, announced the layoffs in a recent notice to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. The company employs 313 full-time employees in Plantation. More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Out of the Box
Shane Lindsay and Kristina Hawkins know their quest might be impossible or just crazy: Go on every single ride at Walt Disney World’s four theme parks in just one day. “There are lots of people who are Disney fans,’’ said friend Ted Tamburo, who along with Lindsay runs a website chronicling what’s known as the Parkeology Challenge. “There’s not many who can say they’ve done this.”
» More from the Orlando Sentinel.
Artists who brought Florida to life
Long before Art Basel Miami Beach brought sizzling cultural glamour to South Florida, some of America’s best-known artists — and some not as well known — were laying down an eclectic trail of art in a state best known for its beaches, unfailing sunshine and end-of-the-beyond characters.
» Read more from the New York Times.
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