October 23, 2019

Friday's Afternoon Update

What you need to know about Florida today

| 6/14/2019

Florida families spend more than 20% of income on childcare

American families face hefty living expenses every day across the U.S., but among those, childcare has become a particularly pricey responsibility to take care of. Florida is no different, costing families more than 20% of their income in professional care for young children alone. More from WJXT and Business Insider.

Florida lawsuit over rights to the tasty ‘Carla’ avocado ends with a public apology

With avocado sales rising across the United States, last year’s patent infringement fight over Carla avocados had potentially expensive consequences for growers and sellers of the trendiest food. A company sued a Miami produce distributor, Fresh Directions International, claiming that it was illegally selling Carlas grown from branches stolen from a remote valley orchard in the Dominican Republic. Turns out, the lawsuit was never ripe, legally speaking. More from the Miami Herald.

At 25, Orlando tech pioneer Atlantic.net eyes the future with 5G

An Orlando-based tech pioneer from the long-gone days when dial-up Internet was standard has plans to jump headfirst into the world of 5G Internet speeds. Atlantic.net debuted 25 years ago in a dorm room with lofty expectations, hoping to compete directly with the telecom giant America Online. More from the Orlando Sentinel.

Tampa is pulling out all stops for the Warrior Games

From June 21 through June 30, more than 300 wounded warriors from across military branches and international waters will convene in Tampa Bay to compete in a Paralympic-style competition featuring 14 different sports, including swimming, power-lifting, cycling and golf. More from the Tampa Bay Times.

Businesses will no longer be allowed to run out of the Cape Coral Yacht Club

A tug of war over too many boats afloat at Cape Coral’s Yacht Club beach boat slips has forced the city to tighten the reigns on commercial activity in city-owned parks. A new ordinance goes into effect in five days that boat rental companies say will leave their livelihoods adrift. More from WBBH.

Around the State
3-D printed rocket to launch from Cape Canaveral

 A few weeks into the new year, Relativity, a startup that makes 3-D-printed rockets, announced that it reached an agreement with the Air Force to launch from Cape Canaveral. The company says its 3-Dprinted rocket, the Terran 1, has 100 times fewer parts than traditional rockets, a simpler supply chain and can be built in fewer than 60 days.

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The Sunshine Skyway is a lot more colorful
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The Florida Department of Transportation installed the nearly 1,800 colored LED light fixtures on the Sunshine Skyway bridge. The Skyway lighting project has been in progress for several years.

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