May 30, 2020

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Hurricane Dorian begins to move toward Florida as wind field expands

After assaulting the Bahamas for more than a day and killing at least five people, a stubborn Hurricane Dorian finally was “beginning to inch northwestward” Tuesday morning, and was expected to pick up steam for its trek parallel to the Florida coast. The forecast still predicts that Dorian will not directly hit Florida, instead staying well off shore and approaching the Georgia coast by early Thursday morning. More from the Miami Herald, the Orlando Sentinel, and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

With Dorian in rear-view mirror, dockless scooters will return to South Florida streets

Two-wheel fiends, rejoice: Dockless scooters are returning to downtown Miami on Tuesday. In a statement, a city official said scooter providers had gotten the green light to replace scooters that had been removed in the run-up to Hurricane Dorian’s potential landfall. More from the Miami Herald.

Florida teachers start school shooting preparation business

The threat of school shootings has been a fact of life for Julie Johnson her entire teaching career. “When Columbine happened was my first year teaching ... after class I was just watching this all unfold,” Johnson said, referring to the infamous 1999 high school shooting in Columbine, Colorado. “The horror struck me — ‘what would I do?’ ” Turns out, what she would do years later after training and many more school shootings, was quit her teaching job in Bay County to dedicate herself to educating other teachers how to defend themselves and their classrooms. More from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Pasco County: New company investments, new jobs

A company with roots stretching nearly 70 years and a recently formed corporation are making separate investments in Pasco County, according to the Pasco County Development Council. In separate announcements last week, Philips & Jordan, Inc., detailed its previously disclosed plans for a regional headquarters near San Antonio, and Fleda Pharmaceuticals Corp., a new pharmaceutical manufacturer, said it would create 30 jobs at a site in Odessa that is expected to open this winter. More from the Tampa Bay Times.

Miami office developers step on the gas

Like office-building developers in many U.S. cities, those in Miami have shown restraint during the financial recovery, adding new space at a modest pace. But now the Miami office-development engine is chugging into gear as developers hope to cash in on the rise in occupancy and rents over the past five years. More from the Wall Street Journal.

Out of the Box
At this Florida camp, believers can ask for healing or a chat with the dead

 A CBS news correspondent once dubbed Cassadaga the “psychic capital of the world.” The camp was also immortalized in the song “Casa Dega” by Tom Petty, who would describe it as “this town in Florida that has 35 acres of weird people.” He was wrong about the land area. It’s 57 acres. As for the weird, that’s always debatable. Located five miles off the interstate between Orlando and Daytona Beach, the complex includes 55 houses, two apartment buildings and a bookstore that sells T-shirts that proclaim: “Where the Twilight Zone meets Mayberry.”

» More from the LA Times.


Joe Rhem

floridaShaking up an industry space is nothing new for Joe Rhem. As founder of Manatee County-based Star2Star Communications, he had already disrupted the traditional telecommunications sector with the company’s Voice-over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephone services. His idea for his next disruption came while growing Star2Star, which has since become a $75 million business.

» Read more from the Business Observer.

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