April 7, 2020

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New moon-orbiting space station could bring money to Central Florida workers

NASA is building a space station near the moon as a way station to get people there. As a way to keep that space station running, the agency is asking Central Florida businesses to pitch in. "It's absolutely key to connect with Florida's business community. We need the talent to come here to make sure we're driving innovation across this state," NASA's Mark Wiese said. More from WESH.

Airbnb doesn’t have to pay tourism tax in Florida, judge says. That’s the host’s job

A lawsuit against Airbnb that was spearheaded by Manatee County Tax Collector Ken Burton Jr. has been dismissed by a local judge, citing an identical case in Palm Beach County. Palm Beach’s tax collector filed a lawsuit in January 2014. In a ruling last January, Judge James Nutt opined that while Airbnb’s “services are comprehensive,” “they do not own the properties being rented.” More from the Bradenton Herald.

Florida Aquarium notches best attendance since the year it opened

Attendance at the Florida Aquarium rose 5 percent over the past 12 months, topping 841,000, the most in more than two decades. Some changes have driven that growth, aquarium president and chief executive officer Roger Germann said Monday. One is the addition of more things to see and do. More from the Tampa Bay Times.

Orlando Magic’s downtown entertainment district grows to $500 million-plus

The Orlando Magic has filed an updated master plan for its downtown Orlando Sports + Entertainment District that’s expected to more than double the original $200 million project budget, according to a report in GrowthSpotter. Magic Senior Vice President Joel Glass told GrowthSpotter that the mixed-use district will be built starting next year on 8.4 acres across from Amway Center. It will now cost “well over $500 million,” he said. More from the Orlando Sentinel.

DeSantis attacks $15 minimum wage initiative; Morgan fires back

Gov. Ron DeSantis questioned a proposal to increase Florida’s minimum wage to $15 an hour through the constitutional amendment process, warning about effects on the restaurant industry. Orlando attorney John Morgan, who chairs and has largely bankrolled the political committee Florida For A Fair Wage, strongly disagreed with DeSantis’ assessment. More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Transportation
Florida jobs: Lyft offering free rides to job interviews

 Lyft, a ride-sharing company, launched the Jobs Access Program in more than 35 cities across the country to offer free rides to and from job interviews and rides during the first three weeks of employment. In Florida, the program is active for Lyft riders in Tallahassee, Jacksonville, and the Tampa Bay area.

» More from the Florida Times-Union.

 

Out of the Box
Want a Florida home? Wheel of Fortune is giving one away.

floridaWheel of Fortune is partnering with Minto Communities to give one lucky viewer a free house this week as part of their “Home Sweet Home Giveaway.” One randomly selected winner will receive a new home valued at $350,000 at Jimmy Buffett’s Latitude Margaritaville, a 55 and better active adult community located in Daytona Beach. Not yet 55? Opt for a house in one of two Minto communities in Westlake — The Hammocks or The Meadows.

» Read more from the Daily Commercial.

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