October 22, 2020

Thursday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 11/14/2019

› Sarasota officials to meet with Selby to discuss a compromise
Conversations over Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ future in Sarasota will begin soon, as city staff remains positive that a compromise for the cultural institution’s ambitious redevelopment plans can be found. Selby Gardens’ leadership agreed to an initial discussion and debriefing meeting with city staff this week. The meeting has not yet been scheduled.

› Hundreds of Florida inmates are serving drug sentences no longer in state law
Up to 1,000 Florida inmates find themselves in legal purgatory. An obscure clause in Florida's Constitution dating back to the Jim Crow era has kept them stranded behind bars. And even after Florida voters repealed that clause last year, the state Legislature has not put it into action.

› Deal would bring 750 shared electric mopeds to Miami
Soon, 750 black-and-blue electric mopeds will be zooming at up to 30 miles an hour through the streets of Miami. The Miami Parking Authority Board of Directors last week gave the green light to negotiate a concession agreement with Revel Transit Inc., an electric moped sharing company. Revel was determined to be the best of three candidates that answered the authority’s request for proposals.

› Florida’s soldiers face more heat risk from climate change than any other state
On a military base, a black flag is bad news. That means it’s too hot outside to do anything strenuous, so training and missions are put off until conditions improve. As the climate changes, there could be plenty more black flag days ahead, especially in Florida, a new analysis from the Union of Concerned Scientists found.

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