Tuesday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
White House changes course, backs push for $200 million in Everglades funding
After prodding by Florida’s state and federal lawmakers, President Donald Trump changed course and announced his support of a $200 million push to fund projects aimed at restoring Florida’s Everglades. The cost-share project was originally signed by former President Bill Clinton and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. It was expected to take 20 years and cost $8.7 billion. More from the Times/Herald.
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Allegiant Air expanding into resort business
Henry Flagler once built a railroad to bring wealthy travelers to Florida and lavish hotels to house them once he got them here. More than a century later, discount airline Allegiant is dusting off the Flagler playbook. Allegiant, which built its business shuttling tourists between small cities and secondary airports, is now building a $470-million resort in southwest Florida that it expects to fill with those flyers. More from Florida Trend.
The Forgotten Storm: Billions needed to repair Tyndall AFB
When Hurricane Michael roared ashore last fall, Tyndall Air Force Base had already been evacuated. It's just a few minutes down the road from Mexico Beach. A base population of 11,000 or so was reduced to 94 - all hunkered down in a place called the “Ride Out” building. Tons of debris has already been cleared, and widespread damage is obvious - but today, Tyndall is open for business. More from WEAR.
Two of South Florida's largest employers join forces to provide jobs while producing U.S. military uniforms and veteran interment flags
Goodwill South Florida and Ryder System, Inc., a global transportation and logistics company, announced today a multi-year investment and naming of the Ryder Apparel Manufacturing Division at the non-profit’s headquarters in Miami. Inside the 250,000-square-foot facility, more than 1,100 people with disabilities and other employment barriers manufacture approximately six thousand U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force uniforms, as well as interment flags for military veterans, daily. More from Florida Trend.
WeWork to join downtown Orlando coworking trend with 3-floor, 70,000-square-foot site
A new coworking space in Orlando that will span three floors and more than 70,000 square feet in the building that houses Wahlburgers downtown will open early next year. The WeWork location is part of a large growth period for the New York City-based company, which has more than 425 locations in more than 100 cities across the world. More from the Orlando Sentinel.
Burger King serving up plant-based Impossible Whoppers in South Florida
Where’s the beef? Not in these burgers. Miami-based Burger King will begin serving the all-plant Impossible Burger, which, of course, it’s calling the Impossible Whopper. starting Tuesday at 113 locations across Miami-Dade and Broward. These Whoppers consist of a patty made from plant ingredients, topped with tomatoes and onions, lettuce, mayonnaise, ketchup and pickles on a toasted sesame seed bun.
» More from the Miami Herald.
Out of the Box
The Cuddle Pros
Conversation is optional at The Cuddle Pros, a new business that opened earlier this month in Fort Myers. The business offers professional cuddling services and platonic friendship sessions at an hourly rate. For $85 an hour you can be snuggled on a comfortable bed by a professional who will spoon you and play with your hair. It's up to the client if talking is involved.
» Read more from the Naples Daily News.
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