Monday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Tax day: More than 1 million Floridians expected to file for extensions
More than 10 million Floridians are expected to file individual federal income tax returns for 2018, and the procrastinators are wading through major changes that took effect last year. The Internal Revenue Service has already seen a surge in filing extensions this year. It expects a record 14.6 million extension requests this year, nearly one in 10 filers. More from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
Financial services firm moves offices to trendy Tampa waterfront spot
Middle-market audit, tax and consulting firm RSM US LLP will relocate its Tampa office to Sparkman Wharf, part of the new Water Street Tampa development, in July. According to a press release, RSM will be one of the first commercial tenants at the waterfront development, which has taken the place of Channelside Bay Plaza. More from the Business Observer.
Sarasota County settles longstanding lawsuit with pet store over retail ban
A longstanding dispute between the county and a pet store that challenged a local law banning the sale of cats and dogs in commercial establishments has been settled. Sarasota County and Petland Sarasota have resolved a lawsuit filed in 2016 by the pet retailer challenging the constitutionality of the county’s rule prohibiting the retail sale of puppies and kittens. More from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
The fate of horseshoe crabs in Florida is unknown. Here’s why it should matter to you
If you’ve ever had an injection, vaccination or surgery, you’ve benefited from the mysterious creature known as the American horseshoe crab. In the 1950s, Frederick Bank discovered that the special cells in the horseshoe crab’s blue blood prevents bacteria from invading the animal’s body. More from the Miami Herald.
Waste Management pays $3 billion for Ponte Vedra-based Advanced Disposal
Waste Management is pushing into the eastern U.S. by paying $3 billion for its smaller rival, Advanced Disposal Services. The country’s largest collector of trash and recycling said Monday that it will pay $33.15 per share for Advanced Disposal, a 22 percent premium for the stock. It is also taking on $1.9 billion of the company’s debt. More from the Florida Times-Union.
150 years: Gainesville goes from cow town to university hub
Contrary to legend, Gainesville was never named Hogtown. That was a settlement near what is now Westside Park. Still, Gainesville had a lot of hogs. Swine beached in Florida with the Spaniards, and their descendant feral hogs wandered the streets. They had a particular liking for the cool crawl space under the courthouse before it was skirted to keep them out. But Gainesville never made money off hogs. Cattle was the lucrative livestock — water was diverted off Paynes Prairie so it could become a 10,000-head cattle ranch. Sheep were also raised.
» More from the Gainesville Sun.
Driverless buses on Clearwater Beach? Maybe sooner than you think
A driverless bus for tourist pickups on Clearwater Beach? A test of such an autonomous vehicle is in the planning for Mandalay Avenue, according to Richard Hartman, the city’s senior transportation planner. The City Council agreed during a recent work session to write a letter of support for the demonstration of a 12-passenger, self-driving vehicle along Mandalay.
» Read more from the Tampa Bay Times.
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