September 19, 2019

Wednesday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today.

| 6/12/2019

› Rapper bringing Notorious Creamery ice cream shop to Fort Lauderdale’s Flagler Village
Fort Lauderdale’s ever-growing Flagler Village has gained its biggest tenant yet in Notorious Creamery, a new ice cream shop from Grammy-nominated rapper Tory Lanez. The frozen treat shack at 908 N. Flagler Drive will debut at noon Saturday, June 15, inside the Hive, a honeycomb of mural-covered warehouses behind Searstown.

› With toxic blue-green algae bloom, don't eat Lake Okeechobee fish, Audubon biologist says
People shouldn't eat fish caught anywhere in Lake Okeechobee after a blue-green algae bloom near the center tested positive for hazardous toxin levels, an Audubon Florida biologist said Monday. A bloom sampled June 5 in the open water about 10 miles southwest of Port Mayaca contained the toxin microcystin at a level of 17.6 parts per billion, according to test results the Florida Department of Environmental Protection released Monday.

› Florida lawmakers propose making Pulse nightclub a national memorial
Florida lawmakers have introduced federal legislation to designate the Pulse nightclub a national memorial, almost three years after dozens of people were killed in a mass shooting at the Orlando site. Democratic Florida Reps. Darren Soto, Stephanie Murphy and Val Demings on Monday announced House Resolution 3094 in front of a temporary memorial that honors the victims of what’s considered the deadliest act of violence against the LGBT community in U.S. history.

› Commissioner Nikki Fried Announces New Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee
The new 18-member committee will convene telephonically and in-person bimonthly to work through ways to expand patient access, increase innovation and technology in the industry, and make recommendations to the Legislature and the Department of Health's Office of Medical Marijuana Use to improve Florida's medical marijuana policies and programs. Cannabis Director Holly Bell will be responsible for overseeing the organization of the committee.

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