February 20, 2020

Thursday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 2/13/2020

› Sunz Insurance buys Bradenton office building for expansion
Sunz Insurance has paid $4.5 million for a five-story office building and parking lot next to its headquarters in downtown Bradenton. Sunz, a provider of workers’ compensation insurance and services to professional employer organizations, bought the building for future expansion.

› Clearwater election could clinch — or kill — downtown amphitheater
The outcome of three City Council races will determine the shape of Imagine Clearwater, the city’s most ambitious attempt in decades to bring life to the depressed downtown. Could the amphitheater proposed as one of its signature features be the wow-factor that lifts downtown to Tampa Bay’s cultural stage? Or is it just an expensive, shiny object that flies in the face of the green space-centric park many residents envisioned?

› Florida Government Employees Learn Security Tips At Ocala Workshop Amid Rise In Cyberattacks
Attorney General Ashley Moody vowed at a cybersecurity workshop Tuesday afternoon to be proactive and aggressive against cybercriminals. Cyberattacks have been on the rise in Florida cities. In 2019, Lake City, Riviera Beach and Key Biscayne were among those hit with ransomware, which encrypts the data on a network, making it inaccessible.

› Scientists 'Shocked' At Shrinking Size Of Colossal Oysters In Florida
Colossal oysters, which once thrived in Florida's northern Gulf Coast, are shrinking in size and in numbers. Scientists at the University of South Florida published a study in the journal Biology Letters on Feb. 5 that examines this loss. For University Beat, WUSF's Jessica Meszaros spoke with the head researcher, Stephen Hesterberg.

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