Thursday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
A look at those Floridians left behind by the economy
The latest in a series of reports bringing attention to the plight of Florida’s working families shows a stubborn resistance to improvement in their ability to survive on what they make. The reason: While the number of jobs has grown statewide since the Great Recession, wages have not risen in tandem with basic expenses. The result: 46 percent of Florida households struggle to achieve a bare-bones, no-frills standard of living. See the full report here: A Study of Financial Hardship in Florida and read more from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, the Tampa Bay Times, and WTXL.
» Booming economy? For South Florida residents, barely getting by is increasingly the norm
» Plight for working poor worsens in Alachua County
» North Central Florida families struggling according to United Way Alice Report
» Can workers afford to live in the Keys? More struggle to make it, a new report says
Good news for beach-goers: Florida waters are free of red tide algal blooms, FWC says
Florida’s coastal waters are entirely free of red tide algal blooms, according to the latest round of tests conducted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The report marks a new low for red tide levels in Florida since the most recent bloom began in October 2017. More from the Miami Herald.
Drugmaker plans big growth in biotechnology for Palm Beach County
The town of Jupiter on Wednesday announced the relocation of New York-based Beacon Pharmaceutical to Jupiter, which will create a biotech “accelerator” that will provide both capital and mentoring to as many as 50 companies and employ as many as 200 within five or so years, according to Philippe Gaston, Beacon Pharmaceutical CEO, who will oversee the initiative. More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Marlins Park out as Inter Miami’s 2020 home. Beckham, Mas have another site in mind
It looks like Inter Miami will be forced to turn to Plan C for a temporary home in 2020, as neither Marlins Park nor Hard Rock Stadium may be feasible. The Marlins don’t feel their facility works for David Beckham’s Major League Soccer team because the baseball season overlaps with MLS, which plays March through October. More from the Miami Herald.
At Aquatica Orlando, signs that SeaWorld's water park is becoming autism-friendly
Past the colorful playground where children splash at the Aquatica Orlando, a new quiet room tries to mute the laughter and the music from the loudspeaker when everything becomes too overwhelming. In Orlando, theme parks and some attractions offer accommodations to make people with autism have a better experience, but it doesn’t alleviate all the obstacles. More from the Orlando Sentinel.
Overcoming the odds
Carol Broxton, Pharm.D., is the Northwest Florida regional pharmacy manager of JTJ Medical Supply, doing business as Mail-Meds Clinical Pharmacy & Bliss Rx. Not only does Carol help her community by championing new medical initiatives that make it easier for patients to achieve optimal health, she also serves as an inspiration, proving anything is possible when you work hard to achieve your goals. [Sponsored report]
On one hand...
There’s good news and bad news about Florida’s K-12 educational system. The good news is first, that the legacy of policies that Jeb Bush set into motion more than a decade ago — increased academic standards and accountability, including rigorous testing — continue to bear fruit.
Out of the Box
Just what Florida’s missing: A cat cafe.
» Read more from the Lakeland Ledger.
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