February 20, 2020

Wednesday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 7/3/2019

› Florida hasn’t set up statewide census committee. A former chairwoman is ‘really surprised.’
The woman who oversaw Florida’s far-reaching effort to educate residents on the 2000 census said Monday she was “really surprised” the state has not yet established the committee for next year’s census — and is concerned it might be too late. Ilene Lieberman Michelson, chairwoman of the statewide Complete Count Committee leading up to the 2000 census and who led Broward County’s local committee in 2010, said the two most important outcomes of a high census turnout are representation and population-based federal grants.

› Orange Bowl generates more than $260 million in economic impact
The 2018-19 Orange Bowl Festival, including the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital Orange Bowl, generated a total of $261.4 million in new economic impact and media exposure value for South Florida. This is nearly 15% more than the last time the Capital One Orange Bowl hosted the College Football Playoff Semifinal (2015-2016).

› ‘She has no barriers:’ Meet Bethany Baker, UNF’s first deaf nursing student
Bethany Baker would have laughed if someone told her years ago she would become a nurse. Even with a family full of nurses, she still wouldn’t have believed it. Every person on her mom’s side of the family is deaf in one ear, but she is the first fully deaf member of the family. She didn’t imagine that career path for herself. Baker marked another first last summer.

› It may not seem like it, but apparently shark attacks are decreasing in Florida
It’s summertime and the beaches are calling, but if you live in Florida’s “shark bite capital of the world” you may want to be extra careful when catching a wave. In the past month or so, New Smyrna Beach in Volusia County has seen two shark attacks — neither fatal. Sharks have also been spotted on the county’s beaches frequently, according to WESH 2.

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