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Saving electricity employs more Floridians than alternative energy
Saving energy is big business. There are entire firms dedicated to figuring out ways to lower electricity bills. Others help by manufacturing efficient appliances, installing energy-saving windows or creating better building materials. The technologies don’t often dazzle like the latest iPhone, but they have a profound impact on how much power people and businesses consume. More from the Tampa Bay Times.
Floating fish farm in Gulf proposed southwest of Sarasota
A floating fish farm, which could be installed in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico about 45 miles southwest of Sarasota, is being touted as an advancement in aquaculture by the company that wants to create and operate it. Yet it is also slammed as a potential danger to the ecosystem by environmentalists. More from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
Florida top destination for Puerto Ricans moving last year
Florida was the top destination for Puerto Ricans moving to the U.S. mainland last year in the aftermath of the devastation left by Hurricane Maria. Figures released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau show that a third of the 133,500 Puerto Ricans who moved to the U.S. mainland last year went to the Sunshine State. Other states where large numbers of Puerto Ricans settled last year were Pennsylvania, Texas and New York. More from the AP.
An idea takes flight at Tampa business incubator
The University of Tampa’s Spartan Incubator — a program that helps startups make the leap to full-grown businesses — has welcomed a record-setting 21 companies for the fall semester. One of them is WanderSeat, a travel company that’s launching an airline ticketing platform designed for day-of-departure travel. More from the Business Observer.
Florida is in for more dead corals, sea rise and floods, says new UN climate report
Oceans have spared the world the worst of climate change, but those days may be over soon, according to a new United Nations report on climate change. The ripple effect for Florida, whose economy depends on the bright blue waters that ring the state, could include more dramatic flooding, faster, as well as a scary new phenomenon that’s killing coral reefs and reefs. More from the Miami Herald.
Florida student makes history on ‘Halloween Wars'
A UCF sophomore makes his debut this Sunday as the youngest-ever competitor on Food Network’s hit show “Halloween Wars.” The show pits six teams of three against each other to build spooky creations, with each member of the team contributing expertise in either cake decorating, sugar art or pumpkin carving. Jarid Altmark, an advertising and public relations major, has been collecting sponsorships and first place finishes in cake-decorating competitions since he was 14.
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