Tuesday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
Gulf oyster reefs are hurting. Now there's help from oil spill aid money.
All along the Gulf coast, it's not a good time for oysters. Scientists say eighty percent of the Gulf's oyster reefs have been lost in recent decades. And harvests are way down. In Florida, and throughout the Gulf, a lot of work is going on to help oysters and the communities that depend on them. Read more from NPR and listen to the report below:
Florida Trend Exclusive
Growing to Compete: Hospitals undergo renovations and expansions
As hospitals search for the scale to be economically viable, expansions are under way throughout Southeast Florida. Jupiter Medical Center has six new buildings and programs under way, including a 6,300-sq.-ft. pediatric emergency department, a five-story patient tower with neonatal intensive care, a comprehensive stroke center, open-heart surgery suites, an 18-bed observation unit and a cancer wing. [Source: Florida Trend]
Disney pays $23 million for almost 1,000 acres in Central Florida
Walt Disney Co. paid $23 million for 965 acres of Osceola County ranch land southeast of Celebration that’s zoned for development. The transaction follows the same model as Disney's 2014 purchase of Mira Lago, a failed 3,000-acre residential development south of Poinciana. More from the Orlando Sentinel and WSVN.
Holiday gas price outlook looking merry
The holidays can be hard on wallets, but gas prices may not add as much to that strain this year. AAA, the Auto Club Group, predicts that Florida is heading for two-year gas price lows for the holidays thanks to lower oil prices. See the news release from AAA and read more from the Tampa Bay Times.
Florida’s first Latina lieutenant governor to play an active role in an obscure post
Heading into the Jan. 8 inauguration, signs suggest that Jeanette Nuñez will not only have a role to play in the DeSantis administration, but she may become one of the most important lieutenant governors in recent memory. [Source: Miami Herald]
ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:
› Florida State Fair looking to hire more than 400 seasonal and part-time employees
The 2019 Florida State Fair looks to fill more than 400 seasonal and part-time positions for the upcoming state fair, one of the largest events in Florida. Positions available include admission sellers, ticket scanners, greeters, guest services, décor assistants, phone operators and more.
› FBU National Championship is a 'little piece of gold' for Collier County's economy
This year Football University's national tournament could draw an even bigger crowd. That means it could have an even bigger impact on Collier County's economy than it did in 2017. Last year, the annual tournament attracted 2,300 attendees and an additional 3,500 spectators.
› South Florida’s priciest industrial sales in 2018
Industrial properties in South Florida were in hot demand in 2018, with the top five industrial sales totaling $478 million, outperforming last year’s $401.5 million. The increase stems in part from thriving e-commerce and the resulting need for more distribution centers.
› St. Pete Downtown Partnership CEO sees new chapter ahead
Tropicana Field site redevelopment, marine science, art and commercial real estate are on the agenda for the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership. The partnership’s board determined those priorities and others during a retreat last week, said Jason Mathis, CEO.
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