Thursday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Ron DeSantis endorses Florida bills allowing college athletes to make money
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Thursday he wants to see the state legislature pass a bill that would allow college athletes to get paid for their name and likeness. “I think California was on the right track that there needs to be reform for athletes being able to use at the collegiate level their name, image and likeness,” DeSantis said in a news conference in Tallahassee. More from WTSP, the Tampa Bay Times, and Yahoo! Sports.
Despite increase in online job search platforms, organizers say job fairs are still valuable in North Central Florida
Optimistic attitudes from both job recruiters and job seekers filled up a tiny space this week at CareerSource North Central Florida. Before job seekers face an event like job fairs, the career resource center also provides them with help on their resumes, placement tests and interviewing skills. More from WUFT.
New tourist tax plan gives Visit Orlando millions more to woo visitors
A newly-approved plan to spend tourist-tax money gives a bigger share of the lucrative pie to Visit Orlando, the tourism-marketing agency that got $54.4 million in the last fiscal year. The old deal paid Visit Orlando 23% of tourist tax dollars to woo tourists. The new nine-year deal rises incrementally and tops out at 30% in the fourth year. More from the Orlando Sentinel.
State approves paying sugar owner to end lease
Florida will pay $2.4 million to a sugar grower as part of an effort to clean and shift water south from Lake Okeechobee through the Everglades. Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Cabinet — Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and Attorney General Ashley Moody — agreed Tuesday to pay $1,940 an acre to New Hope Sugar Co., a subsidiary of Florida Crystals, to terminate a 1,234-acre lease of state-owned land. More from TCPalm.
Miami Gardens pleads with the Dolphins: No Formula One racing at Hard Rock Stadium
When an attorney representing the Miami Dolphins took the podium Wednesday during a meeting of the Miami Gardens City Council, he pointed out that the major events held at Hard Rock Stadium are turning the community into “the nation’s entertainment capital.” That’s when a resident blurted out: “We don’t want it!” More from the Miami Herald.
RedCoach returns to Jacksonville with reclining seat bus service
A motorcoach company with reclining seats and Wi-Fi is starting back up in Jacksonville this week. It’s the third time RedCoach, headquartered in Orlando, has launched its near-luxury bus service out of Jacksonville after starting trips to and from Daytona Beach in early 2010, then Tallahassee and Orlando in 2014.
» More from the Florida Times-Union.
Keith Hoskins: A sense of mission
Navy Federal's new Pensacola leader is a former Blue Angel and base commander for NAS Pensacola. Part of Hoskins’ job involves supervising new employee orientation at the Pensacola campus, which includes lessons in military acronyms, terms and jargon and the rigors of military training.
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