Tuesday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Space Coast soars to new economic heights with help from the private sector
With the latest U.S. Census data showing the Brevard County population close to hitting the 600,000 mark, the latest resurgence of the private space industry could not have come at a better time. Real estate and economic experts well-versed in real estate modeling can all agree that across all fronts, the Space Coast is on an uptrend. Multiple developers have now begun constructing residential communities all over the county. More from Space Coast Daily.
Citrus greening research at crossroads
The University of Florida and its Board of Trustees is considering new regulations that would require its affiliates -- such as the Citrus Research and Development Foundation -- spend 100% of their money within the university and exclusively for its benefit. with no diversity in research, that regualtion, foundation leaders believe, would hinder the fight against citrus greening. More from the Lakeland Ledger.
John Morgan pours even more money into push to raise Florida’s minimum wage
Orlando attorney John Morgan continues to open his coffers to try to pass a constitutional amendment that would increase the minimum wage in Florida. The Morgan Firm PA last month contributed $812,963 to the political committee Florida For A Fair Wage, which is collecting petition signatures to put the minimum-wage amendment on the November 2020 ballot, according to a new finance report posted on the state Division of Elections website. More from the Tampa Bay Times and WPTV.
Jupiter-based Life's Abundance wins spot on Forbes' Best Small Companies List
Life’s Abundance announced that it has been named to Forbes Small Giants: Best Small Companies list of 2019. The Florida-based wellness brand is one of 25 privately held businesses that stand out for “valuing greatness over growth” by providing high-quality products and services, fulfilling employment opportunities and driving impactful social outreach. More from Florida Trend.
Recycling plastic grocery bags? It’s ‘a waste of effort,’ Orange County says
Flimsy plastic bags, the kind commonly used to tote groceries, are gumming up Orange County’s recycling effort. Though recyclable, the bags and plastic film routinely used as wrapping around packs of bottled water or toilet paper can’t be sorted mechanically. “They wrap around the machinery and cause all kinds of problems,” said David Gregory, manager of Orange County Utilities’ solid waste division. More from the Orlando Sentinel.
Reaching new heights: New MRO hangar at Treasure Coast International Airport
In addition to having an Instrument Landing System runway measuring more than 6,490 feet, a recently renovated passenger terminal and U.S. Customs facility, Foreign Trade Zone #218 and no landing fees, Treasure Coast International Airport (FPR) is constructing a 31,000-sq.-ft. hangar for aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul. The new hangar will complement the airport’s thriving cluster of nearly 50 aviation and aerospace tenants, large and small. Read the full sponsored report here.
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Out of the Box
One Florida beekeeper is selling “Hurricane Honey” collected from bees that survived Hurricane Michael. The limited supply of honey is being sold in 4 ounce jars that are a retro take on a Muth jar, a cork-topped jar created by Charles Muth. The jar comes with an inspirational postcard with photos of the hives after the hurricane and now.
» Read more from the Gainesville Sun.
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