August 22, 2019

Thursday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

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Regional snapshots of Florida's job market

Florida's jobs picture is — robust. In the past five years, Florida has added nearly a million jobs. Miami has grown from 2.4 million jobs in 2014 to 2.7 million jobs in 2018. Amazon plans to move its cargo operations to Lakeland from Tampa. In 2018, for the fourth year in a row, the Bureau of Labor Statistics named Orlando the fastest-growing job market among large U.S. metros. See what the job market looks like around the state. [Source: Florida Trend]

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» Florida job outlook: 2019

Editorial: How did Florida turn into “Jurassic Park” for invasive species?

How did Florida turn into “Jurassic Park” for invasive species? It’s a combination of perplexing regulations, foot dragging and lobbying power. The situation is magnified by a balmy Florida climate that makes it a 65,755-square-mile welcome mat for all sorts of things Mother Nature did not intend to be here. The invasion actually began when Spanish explorers came ashore with feral hogs. Those original Spanish hogs have been joined by more than 500 other nonnative plants, reptiles and mammals, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]

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» Snakes On A Plain: Invasive Species And How We Handle Them

Get a taste of Florida's wine industry

Many people may not realize that wine making in Florida is a billion-dollar industry. There are dozens of wineries across the state employing nearly 100,000 people, and university research departments dedicated to viticulture. How can this hot, humid, fungus-friendly state support successful wine production? And how does the reputation of Florida wines stand up to wines grown elsewhere like California or New York? [Source: WUSF]

Impact of Florida’s Medicaid expansion remains elusive

State economists Tuesday agreed to disagree when it comes to the financial impact that a proposed constitutional amendment to expand Medicaid would have on Florida. Economists, meeting as the Financial Impact Estimating Conference, could not reach consensus on the impact of the proposed amendment on the state budget and overall economy. [Source: WLRN]

Is Lakeland Florida’s next hip food city? It sure seems like it

Something is happening in Lakeland, and it seems to be happening all at once. The city halfway between Tampa and Orlando is in the middle of a food entrepreneur boom, buoyed by the plucky spirit of a younger population striving to invigorate the hometown they never thought they’d come back to. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]

ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:

› Orange County cites diversity in pick for architect of $605M convention center expansion over original designer
Orange County commissioners picked a diverse team headed by Orlando architect C. T. Hsu to design the estimated $605 million expansion of the convention center. By a 6-1 vote, the board chose the joint venture Populous + C.T. Hsu & Associates over a group headed by another Orlando-based design firm, Helman Hurley Charvat Peacock, or HHCP, whose worldwide resume includes the convention center and previous expansions.

› Attorney says city of Tampa can’t use reclaimed water for drinking supply
A controversial plan by the city of Tampa to produce 50 million gallons a day of drinking water by pumping treated wastewater into the Floridan aquifer may have run into an insurmountable legal problem.

› Genting ends ferry service from Miami to the Bahamas in favor of move to Fort Lauderdale
For three years, the Bahamian island of Bimini 50 miles off the Florida coast has been a two-hour ferry ride away from Miami. As of Monday, the only way to get from Miami to Bimini by sea is by private yacht. Instead, ferry service to Bimini will be available from Fort Lauderdale’s Port Everglades later this week.

› At Bradenton fire truck plant, attention to detail reigns — right down to shiny red paint
Red isn’t just a color. It’s a sense of pride. So getting the shade of red exactly right is important. It’s a good thing Pierce Manufacturing has 250 options its customers can choose when it comes to selecting the just-right red paint for its fire trucks.

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