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What you need to know about Florida today
Is Florida’s ‘tough-on-crime’ era vanishing?
It still has a long way to go, but lawmakers in both the House and Senate are negotiating sweeping changes to Florida’s criminal justice system. The negotiations are, in fact, a possible sign of an impending breakthrough on the issue that has struggled to pass in prior years, said several reform advocates and lawmakers. More from the Tampa Bay Times.
Super-fast 5G may be live in Miami by Super Bowl
Blazing-fast fifth-generation wireless technology (5G) may be here before Super Bowl LIV, as three telecom giants are one county OK from starting to install needed antennas by February. Commissioners in Audrey Edmonson’s Chairwoman’s Policy Council voted 4-0 Tuesday to permit Verizon Wireless, AT&T and Crown Castle to attach 5G small cell antennas to county poles on public rights-of-way. More from Miami Today.
NCEF breaks ground on new headquarters
The Naples Children & Education Foundation, the organization behind the annual Naples Winter Wine Festival, broke ground on a new Naples headquarters Tuesday morning. The building will serve as home to NCEF’s operations and will feature a large board room, staff offices, conference rooms and a resource center that local nonprofit groups can utilize, according to a news release. More from the Naples Daily News.
Opinion: Florida tomato farmers in a crisis
After President Donald Trump threatened to close the Mexican border, many news outlets fretted about avocados. Ostensibly, the recent avocado hysteria was intended to illustrate the economic impact of sealing the border, an estimated $1.7 billion a day in lost trade for all goods. Yet, one sector of U.S. agriculture, rooted mostly in Florida, has long been on the losing end of trade with Mexico. More from the Ocala Star-Banner.
Cancer Treatment Centers misses jobs goal for nearly $2.4 million in incentives
With the inability to create and retain 225 jobs, Boca Raton-based Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s nearly $2.4 million in economic incentives contracts with state and local government are coming to an end. The for-profit hospital company had until 2021 to complete its state contract, according to a state website that tracks Florida incentive awards. More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Around the State
Miami-Dade economic assessment
Florida International University’s Miami Urban Future Initiative examined metro Miami’s ability to attract and grow major companies after the Amazon HQ2 competition. Its report, “Miami After HQ2: Why and How the Region Must Grow Its Own Amazons,” shared what the researchers believe is the data most relevant to doing so.
» More from Florida Trend.
From Fort Myers to Naples, mobile cuisine more popular than ever
In 2010, the chef-run Nosh Truck rolled into Fort Myers-area farmers markets and events. Its high-end lineup of fusion burgers and tacos forever changed food as we know it in Southwest Florida. Nine years later, and it's clear the area's appetite for mobile cuisine isn't wavering.
» Read more from the Fort Myers News-Press.
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