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Tuesday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Big space-launch day fizzles as three of four missions scrubbed
The stars didn’t quite align for a record day for rocket launches. Three missions scheduled for Tuesday were scrubbed. Elon Musk’s SpaceX postponed a launch of a Global Positioning System satellite for the U.S. Air Force from Cape Canaveral, Florida, citing a technical issue involving its rocket sensors. More from Bloomberg, Florida Today and WPTV.
Intertape boosts woven business with $21 million acquisition
Intertape Polymer Group Inc. announced Monday it had purchased the operating assets of Maiweave LLC for $21 million in cash. This marks the seventh acquisition in the past four years for Intertape, the Canadian packaging company with executive headquarters in Sarasota County and Montreal, Quebec. See the announcement from Intertape Polymer Group and read more from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
'An unfair playing field': Gainesville looks to regulate Airbnb
Alachua County and Gainesville are considering options for regulating short-term stays at homes or rooms listed online through Airbnb and similar lodging services. Alachua County Tourism Director Jessica Hurov said the county tax collector’s office estimates that 95 percent of these rental spaces don’t remit the required monthly 5 percent bed tax. More from WUFT.
Stone crab season is awful in most of Florida. But it’s not bad in Tampa Bay.
Florida’s Stone crab season was lousy last year. And this season, it’s even worse. Due to a persistent Red Tide algae bloom on the gulf coast, areas like Everglades City have experienced a cataclysmic die-off. But Tampa Bay was largely spared. More from the Tampa Bay Times.
Florida, Denver and L.A. are the most popular destinations for holiday travel
Florida, Florida, Florida. The state that brought you mega-Mickey Mouse, appears not once, not twice, but three times in the top 10 destinations for the holidays, according to CheapOAir, a booking engine. More from the LA Times.
How the Orange Bowl gave Miami its groove back
The Orange Bowl, the annual college football bowl game held each winter, is as Floridian as sunshine. In fact, the trophy awarded to the winners of each year’s game — the second-oldest bowl game in America — is a large glass bowl filled with the tropical fruit. So you may be surprised to learn that Miami’s famous bowl game wasn’t always called the Orange Bowl.
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