July 15, 2019

Monday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 2/4/2019

› Polk beekeeper trucks hives westward for almond season
Strange but true: At least 7,000 hives from Polk County — or approximately 420 million honeybees — are in California right now, buzzing around as they wait to pollinate almond trees in the San Joaquin Valley.

› FPL proposes program to offer generators for customers
Juno Beach-based Florida Power & Light has proposed a three-year pilot program in which it would offer to install and maintain backup power generators for customers. The proposal, filed Thursday with the Florida Public Service Commission, would be voluntary for customers, who would pay monthly fees to FPL if they choose to participate.

› Cirque Italia splashes into Palmetto
Cirque Italia splashed into Palmetto this week, featuring a laser man, the wheel of death, a vibrant array of acrobats, aerialists, jugglers and water. About 35,000 gallons, to be exact. A water curtain controls each drop of water meticulously, marrying it with sound and light, which the performers center their acts around.

› Pinellas tourism leader resigns after questions about spending on county credit card
David Downing, the longtime leader of Visit St. Pete/Clearwater who worked to attract tourists to Pinellas County, resigned Monday. In an email to county leaders, Downing said he has accepted a position with a private firm that specializes in hospitality development.

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