Wednesday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
How Instagram influencers are changing Florida's restaurant industry
From restaurant decor to plating, menu font to advertising, dining and drinking out is increasingly designed to be captured and shared. Young entrepreneurs are getting paid to post about restaurants. And restaurant owners in Florida and around the nation are scrambling to keep up. More from the Tampa Bay Times.
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Miami-Dade's largest accounting firms plan for tech changes
Miami-Dade’s largest locally based accounting firms are trying to figure out how artificial intelligence, robotic process automation and other technology will change the role of accountants. “You have to focus on the technology and what the future is going to hold and how it could potentially disrupt (your business),” says Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants CEO Joe Saka. More from Florida Trend.
Puerto Ricans want to boost their political voice in Florida
Puerto Ricans in Florida, who have long felt like a sideshow in the state's politics, are mobilizing to gain a larger voice at the ballot box, motivated in part by the devastation and the response to Hurricane Maria, which “showed our powerlessness," as one attorney and activist says. More from NBC News.
Jacksonville City Council approves $1.8 million to hire attorney to help consider JEA privatization
The Jacksonville City Council on Tuesday set aside $1.8 million to hire an outside lawyer to help it evaluate any deal to sell JEA, easily defeating a small faction that argued the decision was premature or the amount was too high. At times, the lengthy debate strayed from the merits of setting the money aside and provided a glimpse on concerns council members had about the potential sale of JEA, an idea the city-owned utility has been exploring for several months. More from the Florida Times-Union.
» JEA gives go-ahead to new headquarters building
Flagler workshops focus on business continuity post-disaster
With the approach of Tropical Storm Nestor last week, it was a stark reminder for local business owners about the importance of having a disaster plan in place. And business continuity planning was the focus of Friday workshops co-sponsored by the Northeast Florida Regional Council, International Economic Development Council, Flagler County Emergency Management, Flagler County Department of Economic Opportunity and Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. More from the Daytona Beach News Journal.
The new Hard Rock Live: A game-changer for South Florida entertainment
When the symbol of your $1.5 billion resort remodel is a laser-lit hotel in the form of a guitar as tall as the Great Pyramid of Giza, the project’s entertainment ambitions must be equally monumental. The new Hard Rock Live, a centerpiece of the dramatic expansion at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, will have its formal opening on Friday, Oct. 25, with a concert by Maroon 5, celebrity-rock performers who easily could sell three times the venue’s 7,000 capacity.
» More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Norman Love Confections
Founded in 2001 by Norman and Mary Love, Norman Love Confections creates and distributes handcrafted artisanal chocolates from its corporate headquarters in Fort Myers. It has locations in Fort Myers, Estero and Naples, including a pastry shop and café at Whole Foods Market in Fort Myers salon. Norman Love Confections chocolates and desserts are offered on 18 Princess Cruises’ ships.
» Read more from the Business Observer.
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