February 20, 2020

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› Ban On Anaconda Sales In Florida Will Remain In Place, Judge Rules
A Leon County circuit judge has rejected a request for a preliminary injunction against a state rule that largely bans anacondas in Florida. Judge Angela Dempsey issued a two-page order Wednesday that denied the request from owners and dealers of anacondas.

› JEA moves sales talks to Atlanta, draft document shows sales pitch given to interested buyers
Top leaders of JEA will head to Atlanta in the coming week for a series of meetings that JEA says will be its final presentation to bidders vying for a shot at buying all or part of the city-owned utility in a deal that would total billions of dollars. JEA has been tight-lipped about its closed-door negotiations with bidders, but a draft document titled “Management Presentation” sheds some light on the selling points JEA is making to investor-owned utilities and other firms.

› Art Center Sarasota hosts first national juried show
Art Center Sarasota has been around since 1926, but it is trying something new and trying to increase local and national awareness about its programs with a creative and social kickoff for its first national juried exhibition. “Open Season,” which will take over all four galleries in the center’s building on North Tamiami Trail, will begin with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, followed by a garden party in the sculpture garden, featuring wine, craft beer, food trucks and music.

› Tampa airport to add amenities for nursing moms and service dogs
Passengers at Tampa International Airport, take heart. Three things you ask for most are on the way: Nursing rooms for breastfeeding moms, outdoor pet-relief areas near departure and arrival gates for service animals, and water-bottle refill stations. Compared with larger projects in the airport’s $2 billion expansion program, these additions are small. Still, they are expected to resonate with passengers.

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