September 19, 2019

Thursday's Afternoon Update

What you need to know about Florida today

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Gov. DeSantis announces major environmental reforms including $1B increase for water quality protection

Two days after he took office, Gov. Ron DeSantis unveiled sweeping measures to clean up Florida’s troubled waters, including spending $2.5 billion and launching more aggressive policies to address algae choking Lake Okeechobee and polluting the state’s coasts. More from the Miami Herald, CBS Miami and the Fort Myers News-Press.

Jeff Vinik to relaunch Vinik Asset Management hedge fund

As if he doesn't have enough else going on, Tampa Bay Lightning owner, developer and philanthropist Jeff Vinik is getting back into the hedge fund business. Vinik, 59, unveiled plans Thursday morning to re-launch his money management firm, Vinik Asset Management, which he ran from 1996 to 2013. More from the Tampa Bay Times.

Job seekers beware: Study shows political affiliation can win, lose the job

A survey of 1,000 Florida voters shows that bias favoring members of one’s own political party can take hold in the hiring process. Job hunters who don’t wish to limit their opportunities should recognize the risk in sharing their political views where prospective employers may see them. Read the full report at

Orlando bridge district plan

City Furniture promotes Andrew Koenig to president of the company

Andrew Koenig has been promoted to president of City Furniture, the Tamarac-based firm that operates 29 City Furniture and Ashley HomeStore showrooms around the state. Koenig had previously served as vice president and chief operating officer for the company. More from the Miami Herald.

Orlando digital entrepreneurs go Hollywood, then bring work home

The hordes of Nazis in crowd shots from the successful Amazon Prime series “The Man in the High Castle” are partially the work of a small animation firm based in Orlando. But getting that job and others like it took Theory Studios co-founder David Andrade and his team years to earn the trust of an industry that deals heavily in relationships and previous collaborations. More from the Orlando Sentinel.

Health Trends
Cardiac care in Florida: A new branch of medicine

 Fifty years ago, a baby born with a severe heart defect had less than a 15% chance of surviving to adulthood. Today, more than 90% of babies with congenital heart disease (CHD) can expect to survive past childhood, thanks to advances in surgery, medicine and ICU care. This has given rise to a new medical specialty: Adult CHD care.

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Business Profile
Yarnall Moving and Storage Solutions

floridaSarasota’s Yarnall Moving and Storage Solutions recently began a new partnership with National Van Lines, Inc., an interstate moving company. Yarnall was founded by the Yarnall family more than 100 years ago as a local mover in Lakeland, Florida.

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What are microplastics? An expert breaks it down.
What are microplastics? An expert breaks it down.

In the early 2000s, scientists taking samples in open water looking for tiny organisms instead stumbled on something man-made – microplastics. What are microplastics? Lara Milligan, UF/IFAS Extension Pinellas County natural resources agent, breaks it down.

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