Tuesday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Miami sets ambitious emissions goal: carbon neutral by 2050. How to get there isn’t clear
With sea level rise already lapping at its door, the city of Miami made its first significant commitment to address the root cause of climate change, not just the symptoms. The city government plans to go carbon neutral by 2050, a pledge that will change everything from what city employees drive to how the city builds to how it powers itself. Miami became the first city in Florida and 96th in the world to join C40 Cities, an international climate organization that helps cities lower their carbon footprint. More from the Miami Herald.
Amazon effect spurs creation of Premier Airport Park in Fort Myers
To get a glimpse of the future new world economy, look to a massive and somewhat hidden industrial park in Fort Myers. The next Edison Mall, Gulf Coast Town Center or Coconut Point shopping center in Lee County will not be a collection of buildings. It will be the smartphone in the palm of your hand. The reverberations from the Amazon effect are happening right now. More from the Fort Myers News-Press.
SpaceX postpones next launch of its internet satellites due to ‘extreme weather’ at rocket recovery site
SpaceX is postponing a launch of another batch of its internet satellites set for Tuesday afternoon due to “extreme weather” in the rocket’s recovery zone in the Atlantic Ocean, the company said. Elon Musk’s rocket company was initially scheduled to launch a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s launch complex 40 during a launch window that opened at 11:59 a.m. More from the Orlando Sentinel.
A German restaurant in St. Pete is one of Yelp’s top places to eat
Take a quick scroll through German Knödle’s 5-star Yelp reviews and you’ll learn why people love this place so much. “The schnitzel is heavenly," wrote Jimmy M. "The Bratwurst plate is to die for!!” “Did not expect the best vegan sausage with curry sauce and sauerkraut ever!" wrote Adam I. These posts — and many more like them — were what landed the Edge District eatery on Yelp’s seventh annual Top 100 Places to Eat in the US list. No other Tampa Bay restaurant was listed. More from the Tampa Bay Times.
Offerpad launches in Jacksonville
Real estate tech innovator Offerpad launched Monday in Jacksonville, its third major Florida market. Offerpad is a privately held company headquartered in Chandler, Ariz., operating across the country in 800 cities and counting. The company initially provided buying and selling solutions to Florida in 2015 with Orlando and Tampa expansions only a few months after the company was founded. More from the Florida Times-Union.
Out of the Box
Iguanas cost Florida city $1.8 million in emergency repairs
Invasive iguanas have burrowed into the soft dirt around an aging dam, costing a Florida city $1.8 million in emergency repairs. The burrows were noticed last year by some West Palm Beach employees and the city hired a contractor to make repairs, including laying a grid over the soil to prevent both erosion and burrowing.
» More from WTSP.
Premier Performance Interiors
The Sarasota-based manufacturer of upholstery and seating systems for the boating industry, founded in 2001, has made a name for itself with boat builders located in Florida and nationwide. It has earned a reputation for a quality product and on-time delivery, and the company has been growing about 20% a year for the past several years.
» Read more from the Business Observer.
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