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May 24, 2019

Wednesday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 5/15/2019

› Florida may create prostitution registry for pimps and johns
Gov. Ron DeSantis could soon sign legislation that creates a statewide registry for pimps and johns in an effort to crack down on human trafficking. But Florida officials are not stopping there. With their eyes on the Super Bowl and WrestleMania, both of which the state will host in 2020, officials are looking for new ways to ensure victims are not trafficked for sex or labor.

› Florida’s best beach bar wins honor for second year in a row
After being crowned the best beach bar in Florida last year, Sharky’s on the Pier in Venice came out on top once again. The restaurant and bar, on Brohard Beach, next to Venice Fishing Pier, won the floridabeachbar.com competition for the second year in a row and the third time overall.

› Winter Park rejects hitting ‘pause button’ on $40.5M library and events center
Winter Park commissioners voted Monday to move forward with construction drawings for the Canopy, a massive $40.5 million campus with a library and events center, despite newly-elected Todd Weaver’s attempt to delay the project. Commissioners voted 3-1 to authorize the design team to create the plans by October.

› A group of scientists just presented updated sea level rise projections to Tampa Bay politicians. Here's what they say.
A group of local scientists has been working on and off for months to come up with Tampa Bay-area projections for sea level rise. Their verdict: the problem is getting worse. The Tampa Bay Climate Science Advisory Panel, a group of climate scientists that formed in 2014, presented its findings to a Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council committee Monday.

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