June 16, 2019

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After Parkland: The big business of school security

Bulletproof whiteboards, backpacks, and doors that can be locked remotely. School security has grown into a multi-billion industry and with every school shooting, more products and services pop up. Curt Lavarello is the executive director with the School Safety Advocacy Council and says some of those well-intended products can actually make students less safe. More from WPTV.

See also:
» In the great gun debate, Parkland changed everything. And maybe nothing.
» In post-Parkland Florida, young people are still dying from gun violence
» How The Parkland Tragedy Has Changed Policing Across Florida
» Parkland school turns to experimental surveillance software that can flag students as threats

Orlando venture capital firm puts more money into Florida startups than any other

An Orlando-based investment group that has put money into several local tech startups has been named Florida’s most-active venture capital firm by an analyst of investment trends. Deepwork Capital, formerly known as FAN Fund, landed on the list, compiled by the industry analyst CB Insights and released this week. More from the Orlando Sentinel.

Publix named one of Fortune's Best Companies to Work for, No. 1 among Big Companies

For the 22nd consecutive year, Publix has been named one of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For, ranking No. 12, up from No. 47 last year. Publix also ranked No. 1 on the inaugural list of Fortune’s Best Big Companies to Work For, featuring only seven companies with more than 100,000 employees. Read the announcement here and see the list at Fortune.

See also:
» Ultimate Software, JM Family, Baptist Health on 2019 'Best Companies to Work For' list

Miami-Dade builders may be forced to prep for electric vehicles in new parking lots

New apartment complexes, shopping centers and office buildings throughout Miami-Dade County would need to have hook-ups for charging electric vehicles under a proposed ordinance. The law wouldn’t mandate the stations, but would require developers to install electrical systems needed to connect future charging spots to the power system. More from the Miami Herald.

The coast is still clear: Florida waters remain free of red tide blooms, FWC says

Florida’s coastal waters remain free of red tide algal blooms, according to the latest round of tests conducted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The report continues a low streak for red tide levels in Florida since the most recent bloom began in October 2017. More from the Bradenton Herald.

See also:
» Red tide: Sarasota County will host water quality summit

Out of the Box
"Bankmobiles" set to roll in Miami-Dade County

 Banks on wheels – or “bankmobiles” – are now one vote from becoming reality in Miami-Dade, as commissioners in committee Tuesday unanimously forwarded an ordinance change to permit mobile banking operations.

» More from Miami Today.


Business Profile
Black Crow Coffee Co.

floridaBaristas love Mother Nature as much as they love their loyal customers at the quirky Black Crow Coffee Co . The hangout in St. Petersburg's Old Northeast neighborhood is the first coffee shop in Florida to be deemed “zero waste” by the environmental company Suncoast Compost .

» Read more from WFTS and WTSP.

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Mounted Patrol Horse
Mounted Patrol Horse

On Wednesday, Mounted Patrol deputies in Sarasota bid farewell to LEO, a 15-year-old Hanoverian bay gelding who was donated to the agency in 2016. LEO is retiring due to the onset of Shivers, a neuromuscular disorder which makes him unable to continue working in law enforcement. He will live with other retired police horses at Mill Creek Farm, an equine sanctuary in Alachua, Florida.

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