Friday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Florida had hottest May in more than a century
A steadfast carousel of high pressure over Florida last month led to the warmest May in more than a century with an average temperature nearly four degrees above what’s normal for the fifth month of the year. At 78.8 degrees — 3.7 degrees hotter than normal — May in the Sunshine State earned the top spot for record heat in measurements that date back to 1895, according to a report released Thursday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. More from the Palm Beach Post and the AP.
Buyer beware: CBD products could be this century’s snake oil
Nationally and in Florida, there is no requirement yet that CBD products contain the ingredients manufacturers say they do, or the healing power suggested in their marketing brochures. For now, the medical science isn’t there to definitively back up the touted health and therapeutic benefits of CBC products. More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
New report ranks FPL a national leader in solar energy
For many years, Florida was not a leading solar market. Despite ample sunshine, a combination of restrictive structures in the states’s electricity sector and a lack of utility interest meant that the state lagged behind others like California, North Carolina and Massachusetts. However, Florida is now making up for lost time. More at Florida Trend and PV Magazine.
New algae bloom in Florida's Lake Okeechobee
Scientists say blue-green algae appears to be blooming on the eastern side of Lake Okeechobee in Florida. A state water management crew discovered the bloom Wednesday near the Port Mayaca Lock and Dam in western Martin County. Audubon Florida scientist Paul Gray tells the Naples Daily News that the new bloom is cause for concern but it's "too soon to freak out." More from the AP.
Florida biotech firm aimed at cancer sells for $70 million
Florida company CytoSen, which developed a new biotech approach to cancer therapies, has sold for about $70 million to Netherlands-based Kiadis Pharma. CytoSen was spun out of the University of Central Florida in 2014 and grew over the past few years in UCF's incubator location in Winter Springs. The university is calling it the largest biotech purchase in central Florida history. More from UPI.
Meet the 1999 Women’s World Cup champion headed to Tampa Bay to develop the next generation
Tiffeny Milbrett, right, a member of the U.S. team that won the 1999 Women's World Cup, will soon move to Tampa Bay to become director of coach and player development for the Tampa Bay United Rowdies youth soccer program, overseeing 3,000 players.
» More from the Tampa Bay Times.
‘Get your beer and your gear in the same place.’ This AMI stop is more than a beach outfitter
Seven years ago, Steve Traves wrote up a business plan that incorporated his love for the outdoors, and his passion for helping locals and visitors alike enjoy it with state-of-the-art equipment and clothing. The result is AMI Outfitters Coastal Gear & Apparel at 401 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, located between Olive Oil Outpost and Island Cabana, a women’s clothing store.
» Read more from the Bradenton Herald.
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