Wednesday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Barbara Lagoa tapped as next Florida Supreme Court justice by DeSantis
Gov. Ron DeSantis has nominated Cuban-American Judge Barbara Lagoa to the Florida Supreme Court. Lagoa was born in Miami, raised in Hialeah and graduated from Florida International University. She currently serves on Florida's Third District Court of Appeal. See the announcement from Gov. DeSantis and read from WPLG, the Miami Herald, and the Tampa Bay Times.
South Florida entrepreneurs praise boosts from co-working space
Daniel Levine, the 26-year-old brain behind craft ice cream shop Dasher & Crank, credits Büro with giving him a pad from which to launch his career. He’s not alone in praising a co-working space. Other entrepreneurs across town are singing the same tune, crediting their respective shared offices for providing a place and network that support their careers. More from Miami Today.
Florida again leads nation in ACA signups; numbers higher than last year
Florida once again led the nation in Affordable Care Act sign-ups, making up about 20 percent of all enrollments in the federal insurance marketplace during the latest open enrollment period, according to preliminary federal data. More from the Orlando Sentinel.
Major downtown developers court JEA for new headquarters
JEA received six proposals to relocate its corporate headquarters, including plans to move to three major, yet-to-be-built downtown developments: Lot J outside of TIAA Bank Field, the District on the Southbank and a proposed four-block site near Ocean and Main streets. More from the Florida Times-Union.
Fort Lauderdale set to outlaw 'blight' of plastic straws
For years, the plastic straw seemed just a harmless, colorful aid for sipping your soda. Now, it’s an “environmental blight.” Fort Lauderdale will join a growing number of major cities and commercial chains outlawing the plastic straw, declaring it a threat to the oceans, beaches and wildlife. More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Out of the Box
An old building inspired a futuristic jobs and startup incubator
In a way, an old, empty building inspired local community leaders to turn it into the centerpiece of an ambitious, $8 million incubator of the future. The old building was the former library built in the 1970s at the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota’s Bradenton campus, emptied when the school opened its state-of-the-art new library last February.
» More from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
Catch a movie at one of these uniquely Central Florida theaters
Entertainment has evolved over the last half-century, with technology giving us more options for the way we enjoy the latest movie releases. But if you are feeling sentimental about surround sound, the silver screen and the smell of popcorn, Central Florida has some theaters you can’t find anywhere else.
» Read more from WKMG.
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