September 21, 2019

Thursday's Afternoon Update

Thursday's Afternoon Update

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Even as foreclosure rates drop, Florida feels the pain

While overall foreclosure activity is down nationwide, some parts of the country have seen a spike in the number of foreclosure starts. A total of 17 states, including Washington, Florida and Oregon, saw starts grow over the past year. Florida, in particular, saw some of the largest increases in foreclosure starts in individual cities, with 90 percent annual growth in Orlando and 45 percent annual growth in Miami. See the analysis from ATTOM Data Solutions and read more from Inman.

Miami-Dade looks at redeveloping Government Center

Ten months after Miami-Dade lawmakers reclaimed control over properties around Government Center, they’re one vote from looking at redeveloping the area. The goal, says Commissioner Eileen Higgins’ item, would be to “determine the optimum mix of uses and cohesive designs to revitalize [the] area…with signature, sustainable, compact, pedestrian- and transit-oriented developments” for business, government and residences. More from Miami Today.

Florida launch of SpaceX rocket set for Thursday night

The launch is a small part of what SpaceX ultimately wants to be a much grander project: a group of potentially thousands of satellites swirling over Earth that the company says could eventually make available low-cost internet for a significant portion of the world’s population that isn’t yet online. More from CBS Miami.

A question of survival: Trade war thrusts South Florida businesses into uncertainty

From builders to importers to the seaports that transit goods, South Florida businesses are struggling to find ways to avoid becoming collateral casualties in the Trump administration’s trade war against China. Many say there is little they can do to shield their customers from unrelenting new levies on clothing, wine and beer, utensils and plumbing fixtures. More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Army’s Orlando research center offers peek at virtual training for soldiers

The U.S. Army on Wednesday gave a rare look behind the scenes of a contractor pitch for virtual training products, with a handful of companies visiting its Orlando location to demonstrate their capabilities. Although it’s no substitute for live-action training, simulations helps soldiers learn how to make on-the-fly decisions. More from the Orlando Sentinel.

Lakewood Ranch: The burgeoning business center of Southwest Florida

The fastest-growing multi-generational master-planned community in the nation, Lakewood Ranch (LWR) has grown into an unincorporated town of more than 1,500 businesses and 35,000 residents in just 25 years. The 31,000-acre development is the metropolitan area’s largest job center and as the population center shifts to it, so have county offices, institutions of higher learning and a long-standing area arts organization. [Sponsored report]

Travel
Florida is second most popular state for road trip destinations

 Travel lovers can now discover the road trip of their dreams based on the experiences of authentic reviewers – their peers on Instagram. The latest research by leading car hire company Europcar analyzes millions of posts to unearth the top locations those adventure seekers chose to explore and their favorite stop-offs along the way.

» More from Florida Trend.

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» 2019's Best Summer Travel Destinations

 

Help Wanted
Florida looking for a few good alligator trappers

floridaState wildlife officials receive almost 15,000 calls a year about nuisance alligators, and now they’re looking for some help in taking care of those calls. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s nuisance alligator program contracts with individuals around the state and is currently looking for help in Pinellas County.

» Read more from the Orlando Sentinel.

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What are microplastics? An expert breaks it down.
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In the early 2000s, scientists taking samples in open water looking for tiny organisms instead stumbled on something man-made – microplastics. What are microplastics? Lara Milligan, UF/IFAS Extension Pinellas County natural resources agent, breaks it down.

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