Friday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Multimillion-dollar Florida business thrives selling vaping supplies. Now, it faces national vaping crisis.
A Boca Raton company that has built a multimillion-dollar business from vaping devices is being battered by the recent vaping health scare. Since federal investigators began looking into vape deaths and illnesses across the country, Greenlane Holdings’ stock price has plummeted more than 70 percent. As health and safety concerns over vaping mount, Greenlane is now among the many vaping-oriented companies in U.S. looking toward what comes next for the industry More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Concentrations of red tide reappearing on some Florida beaches
It looks like red tide is creeping back into some Florida beaches. A look at Florida Fish and Wildlife's latest red tide current status map shows low and medium concentrations off Fort Myers Beach and the Collier County coast. More from WFTS.
Supporters have high hopes for recreational marijuana in Florida as petition drive kicks off
A new petition drive to legalize recreational marijuana has gathered 100,000 signatures in its first 20 days, giving supporters high hopes that Florida could be on its way to joining other states in ending the prohibition of cannabis. The goal is to put the legalization question before Florida voters in next year’s election, said Nick Hansen, chairman of Make It Legal Florida, the group circulating the petition. More from the Orlando Sentinel.
After Tampa Bay area plays host to two film shoots, officials hope to woo more movies to town
In February, the Tampa Bay area saw true love bloom. Then in April, it experienced love in the sun. These weren’t high-profile engagements or weddings — they were movie shoots for one of the most prolific media entities in the country: the Hallmark Channel. The shoots, for “True Love Blooms” and “Love in the Sun,” were 15 days each, fast for feature films. They were among the dozens of movies Hallmark makes a year, and for the Tampa Bay area, the movies had big impact. More from the Business Observer.
More Central Florida pilots say they're having close calls with drones near airports
Reports of drones flying near airplanes and helicopters at airports across the country, including in Central Florida, are on the rise. The Federal Aviation Administration reported 750 unauthorized sightings in a nine-month span. Out of those sightings, 70 were reported in Florida and 19 were spotted by pilots in Central Florida -- some during takeoff and some during landing. More from WFTV.
Minshew Mania means lots of Minshew merch
With Minshew Magic and Minshew Mania running as loud and fast as a 1970s muscle car, you know what comes next: Minshew Merch. The marketable, mustachioed mug of Gardner Minshew II, the Jaguars’ unexpected star quarterback, is all over dozens of different T-shirts for sale — licensed and unlicensed — and this week sales of his No. 15 jersey jumped into fifth-place among NFL players.
» More from the Florida Times-Union.
If Miami-Dade pays to bring Virgin trains to Aventura, will Tri-Rail get derailed?
Miami-Dade’s plan to earmark as much as $76 million to build a Virgin Trains station in Aventura has left many wondering: What about Tri-Rail? The publicly owned commuter line has long been slated for a second route, known as Coastal Link, that would carry passengers along Florida East Coast rail’s tracks.
» Read more from the Miami Herald.
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