October 23, 2019

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What you need to know about Florida today

| 6/24/2019

Strong job gains in May help offset slight rise in unemployment rate

Heat and humidity aren’t the only things that tend to rise as Florida moves into summer. Across the state, with a handful of exceptions, the jobless rate nudged up ever-so-slightly in May. Among Florida’s 67 counties, the jobless rate rose over the month in 58, fell in three and remained the same in six. [Source: CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion]

Florida is climate change ‘ground zero.’ So why isn’t it a presidential campaign hot topic?

When candidates take the stage in Miami on Wednesday and Thursday night, media analysts and policy advocates worry that issues like rising sea levels won’t get more than passing attention in a debate hosted in a coastal state where climate change arguably poses an existential threat. [Source: Daytona Beach News-Journal]

The business case against Jacksonville

Certainty and reliability are essential elements in providing a business-friendly atmosphere. But stalled plans to repair aging school buildings, continuing mystery shrouding the sale of the city's electric and water utility, and uncertainty about the methods of incoming City Council members are causing concern about Jacksonville's ability to provide certainty and reliability. [Source: Florida Times-Union]

Florida Trend Exclusive
Total Marine Solutions creates ship location software

Tankers, cargo and cruise ships routinely discharge bilge, wastewater, sewage and other liquids, treated to required regulatory levels, into the sea. Failure to comply with rules on where such loads can be discharged means fines and headlines. Fort Lauderdale-based Total Marine Solutions has an answer. [Source: Florida Trend]

Report shows gap between income and rent in Orlando area

About a thousand new people are moving to Florida every day, especially to Central Florida. But how does that affect the basics, like housing -- especially for low-income families? University of Central Florida professor and nationally recognized economist, Dr. Sean Snaith says, "[Orlando's] not just a little metro, a little metro that could. We've grown into a major metropolitan area." [Source: WESH]

ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:

› Selby Gardens Announces Smithsonian Affiliation
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens (Selby Gardens) has been designated a Smithsonian Affiliate, joining a national network of museums, educational, and cultural organizations in sharing the resources of the Smithsonian Institution.

› Orlando series debuts Aug. 14 on OWN
“David Makes Man,” a drama series set in South Florida, focuses on 14-year-old David, a prodigy from the projects who’s haunted by his closest friend’s death. David turns to education to help him and his mother escape poverty.

› Nikki Fried’s smiling face sticks around on gas pumps
Democratic Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried’s smiling face won’t immediately disappear from most gas pumps, even as Republicans seek to prohibit such displays.

› Trulieve expands again, opening its 29th storefront in Florida
Trulieve — a well-known cannabis company in the Sunshine state— has grown yet again by opening its second dispensary in the Orlando area; furthering its mission of accessible medical cannabis in Florida

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