Thursday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
A bipartisan effort: States, including Florida, pass record number of laws to reel in drug prices
Whether Congress will act this year to address the affordability of prescription drugs – a high priority among voters – remains uncertain. But states aren’t waiting. Four states – Colorado, Florida, Maine and Vermont – this year have enacted measures to establish programs to import cheaper prescription drugs from Canada and, in Florida’s case, potentially other countries. Six other states are considering such legislation. More from USA Today.
What to know from Tampa's Super Bowl LV committee’s kickoff
Bucs owner Bryan Glazer hopes to see his team playing in their home stadium at Super Bowl 55, but even if the Bucs miss out, fans in Tampa Bay can expect to play a big role in the 2021 event. Glazer and a group of local leaders, including Tampa mayor Jane Castor, kicked off the Tampa Bay Super Bowl 55 Host Committee at Raymond James Stadium on Wednesday, highlighting the goals and hopeful legacy for 2021′s big game. More from the Tampa Bay Times.
Port Canaveral reopens after Hurricane Dorian, taking in six cruise ships today
Hurricane Dorian threw the cruise industry for a loop this week, shutting down ports along Florida’s east coast including Port Canaveral, which only reopened late Wednesday. Today, the port is set to welcome six cruise ships letting off passengers who got a bit longer of cruise than they originally planned for. Five of the six ships call Port Canaveral home, while a sixth would normally sail to JAXPort, but the Coast Guard has yet to open that one. More from the Orlando Sentinel.
South Florida businesses and organizations accepting donated items for the Bahamas
While South Florida may have been largely spared by Hurricane Dorian, the Bahamas were severely impacted by the storm, which made landfall as a Category 5 hurricane with 185 mph winds. There have been deaths with many more people missing and critical infrastructure decimated. Now a number of people and organizations in South Florida are stepping up to send needed supplies. More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Miami-Dade seeking transit projects for Beach link. Chinese firms need not apply.
Miami-Dade commissioners moved the county closer to building a transit link between Miami and Miami Beach, authorizing a bidding process for the project and approving a ban on participation by Chinese train companies. “We haven’t done anything substantial for transit in a long, long time,” said Commissioner Esteban “Steve” Bovo. “We need to see a bulldozer rip up dirt and actually do something.” More from the Miami Herald.
New bamboo utensils part of Epcot’s food-and-wine lineup
A new Walt Disney World merchandise offering may not be the shiniest, funniest or most Mickey-est item at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. But it has practical and social implications. Now for sale at the theme park is a bamboo set of eating utensils. “This is a particularly interesting product because it came from guest feedback,” Will Dasso, guest-experience manager for Epcot merchandise, said during a preview for the festival. “We were getting requests for reusable cutlery.”
» More from the Orlando Sentinel.
Serial entrepreneur Charles Bonfiglio always wanted to run his own show. He started a muffler shop as a young man and later launched an e-commerce company that sells auto parts. Today he’s in charge of Tint World, a fast-growing window-tinting chain headquartered in Boca Raton.
» Read more from the Palm Beach Post.
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