Tuesday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Ballot measures would revamp Florida primaries
A political committee has started moving forward with a petition drive aimed at overhauling Florida’s primary-election system. The proposed amendments — one for U.S. Senate and U.S. House races and the other for state races — would allow all registered voters to cast ballots in primaries, regardless of political affiliation. The two candidates getting the most votes would advance to the general election. More from the Gainesville Sun.
Florida tax dollars going to company with possible connection to sex trafficking
Florida tax dollars are going to a company with possible connections to sex trafficking. Now Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody is asking the state Department of Management Services to evaluate whether that should continue. More from Action News Jax.
Port Canaveral, local hotels take financial hit after Royal Caribbean cancels three cruises
The accident involving a crane hitting and damaging a Royal Caribbean cruise ship docked in the Bahamas for maintenance will have a financial impact on Port Canaveral and other local tourism businesses. The Port Canaveral-based ship, the Oasis of the Seas, was forced to cancel three sailings from Port Canaveral — on April 7, 14 and 21 — while it undergoes repairs. More from Florida Today.
Orlando airport's top TSA executive replaced on 'interim basis'
Orlando International Airport’s top TSA executive has been replaced on an interim basis, but the federal agency won’t say why. The Transportation Security Administration formally notified Orlando airport officials late Friday afternoon that the airport’s director of security, Jerry Henderson, has been replaced by Pete Garcia. More from the Orlando Sentinel.
Plantation company leads venture capital in South Florida — and it's not Magic Leap
CarePredict, a Plantation company that developed a wrist-worn health tracker to help protect seniors, raised $9.5 million in the first quarter, the most of any South Florida company. The Plantation company that most often has led financing in recent years has been Magic Leap, the technology startup that has raised more than $2 billion. More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
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Dali Museum is planning a $38 million expansion in St. Petersburg
The Salvador Dalí Museum is planning a major expansion that would grow the museum physically and digitally, with the addition of exhibits that use artificial intelligence and augmented reality. The museum filed an application seeking $17.5 million of bed tax money from Pinellas County to support an expansion that includes a new parking garage, event spaces and room for its new digital exhibits, which leaders are calling Digital Dalí.
» More from the Tampa Bay Times.
Out of the Box
Free cake? Grab a slice from this Florida bakery
Who doesn’t love free cake? Nothing Bundt Cakes, a handcrafted Bundt Cakes bakery, will be giving away free cakes for 300 seconds to celebrate their 300th bakery opening in Jacksonville. Want to get a sweet taste? Head to your nearest Nothing Bundt Cakes on Tue., April 9 at 3 p.m. local time to grab a free Confetti Bundtlet (a miniature Bundt Cake).
» Read more from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
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