Wednesday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
2020 candidates return to Florida to fight for donors
While candidates vie for votes in Iowa, New Hampshire and other early primary states, the struggle in Florida six months from the primary election is about big money. To help pay for efforts in early states and build reserves for the long campaign to come, top presidential contenders pursue fundraisers whose professional and personal networks give them the clout to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for their candidate of choice. More from the Miami Herald.
Florida banking group pushed for sanctions exemption for ordinary Venezuelans
An industry group representing Florida banks pushed for an exemption to U.S. sanctions on Venezuela that were issued last week, executives said on Tuesday, arguing the measures had affected customers with no ties to President Nicolas Maduro. More from Reuters.
John Rivers says 4 Rivers Smokehouse to add more Florida restaurants
The origins of 4 Rivers Smokehouse trace back to John Rivers smoking meat for fundraisers to help the community. In October, it will be 10 years since the original 4 Rivers Smokehouse opened in Winter Park. Since then, the restaurant group has expanded, adding brands like Winter Park’s The Coop and growing the Smokehouse chain. More from the Orlando Sentinel.
How does Miami’s public transit system compare? Behind New York but ahead of Dallas.
In a race pitting the trains, trolleys and buses of American cities, Miami would finish in the middle of the pack. Miami’s oft-maligned public transportation system ranked No. 52 among 100 cities with the best and worst transit, according to a WalletHub study. More from the Miami Herald.
Manatee begins property search for new landfill
Garbage gets thrown away but it does not go away. On Tuesday, the Manatee County Commission instructed its staff to start looking at potential sites for a new landfill to bury solid waste generated by its growing population. More from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
Orlando readies for electric scooter invasion with proposed rules for speed, wheels and no-go zones
Orlando leaders are on the verge of giving a thumbs-up for hundreds of dockless electric scooters to start zipping along streets and sidewalks for a new era in transportation already launched in other Florida cities. The scooters — on which a rider stands and uses a throttle to accelerate — have become a popular way to get around in cities across the country though also have been met with rising controversy over head injuries and other safety concerns.
» More from the Orlando Sentinel.
Join us for the 9th annual Florida Companies to Watch on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at the Hard Rock Live in Orlando. Presented by GrowFL, in association with the Edward Lowe Foundation, Florida Companies to Watch is an awards program to celebrate growing second-stage companies headquartered in Florida that demonstrate high performance in the marketplace, innovative strategies and processes, and outstanding corporate citizenship, making them “worth watching”. Register here.
Around the State
Reviving Miami's Swim Week
The world’s largest swimwear industry show, SwimShow, takes place every summer at the convention center in Miami Beach. But the week around the show, marketed as Swim Week, had been losing its cache as a tourist attraction, and brands had largely stopped putting on the fashion shows, parties and other events outside the convention center that are designed to connect with consumers.
» Read more from Florida Trend.
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