May 25, 2020

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Florida poll shows clear political divisions over impeachment inquiry

Voters in the swingiest of swing states are evenly divided on whether President Donald Trump should be impeached and removed from office, according to a new University of North Florida poll released Tuesday morning, though Trump’s favorability is in sharp decline in Florida. More from the Florida Times Union, the Tampa Bay Times, WOKV, and WJCT.

South Florida city's Styrofoam ban goes to Florida Supreme Court

Coral Gables has gone to the Florida Supreme Court in a legal battle about whether the city should be able to ban the use of Styrofoam food containers, according to documents posted Monday on the Supreme Court website. The 3rd District Court of Appeal in August overturned a ruling by a Miami-Dade County circuit judge who had found three state laws unconstitutional and determined Coral Gables was not prevented from enacting the Styrofoam ban. More from WPTV.

Minimum wage issue in Florida on verge of hitting threshold

Backers of a proposed constitutional amendment that would gradually increase Florida’s minimum wage to $15 an hour are on the verge of submitting enough petition signatures to get on the November 2020 ballot. The political committee Florida For A Fair Wage has submitted 763,330 valid petition signatures to the state, just under the 766,200-signature threshold to reach the ballot. More from WFOX.

Mayor Jerry Demings leads Orange County tourism entourage to London

Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings will lead a Central Florida delegation to London next month to promote tourism here. The first-year mayor and Roseann Harrington, his chief of staff, will accompany an entourage of Visit Orlando staff to the annual World Travel Market trade show. More from the Orlando Sentinel.

Office space construction in Miami reaches a 10-year high

The demand for office space throughout Miami-Dade County is higher than it’s been for the last decade. According to the third quarter 2019 Office Insight report by the real estate services firm JLL, Miami-Dade had 1,816,666 square feet of Class A and Class B office space under construction in the third quarter of 2019. More from the Miami Herald.

Miami Dade College combats critical shortage in cybersecurity

Miami Dade College has launched specialized cybersecurity programs, boot camps and courses that, in tandem with MDC’s state-of-the-art training facility, the Cybersecurity Center of the Americas, provide students with unprecedented hands-on experience. [Sponsored report]

Out of the Box
Take a tour of sleek home built from 8 used shipping containers

From afar, it looks like a sleek South Florida house splashed in white and gray hues. Impact windows outline the exterior. There’s a two-vehicle carport and an open-air terrace. A bed of river stones fill the front yard. But if you take a closer look at the boxy home, you might see a semblance of its former life; this is a house built out of used ocean cargo containers.

» More from the Orlando Sentinel.

 

Profile
Fort Lauderdale CPA Soneet Kapila is a numbers sleuth

floridaFort Lauderdale CPA Soneet Kapila got his introduction to forensic accounting in the mid- 1980s, when the accounting firm where he worked was tapped to help in the celebrated Miami case of Alberto Duque, who swindled more than $100 million from American banks. “I didn’t know how to spell the word bankruptcy. I was green,” Kapila says. He soon realized, “This is fun. Who wants to be an auditor?”

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Fort Lauderdale gyms reopened briefly before ordered to close
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Fort Lauderdale gyms The Fitness District and CrossFit Increase open following strict guidelines on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Mayor Dean Trantalis would order them to remain closed later that evening.

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