September 18, 2020

Wednesday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

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› JEA adds new members to dwindled senior leadership team
JEA has added a chief legal counsel and chief government affairs officer. Jody Brooks will return as chief legal counsel and Kurt Wilson will join as interim vice president and chief government affairs officer. Brooks was hired by the Office of General Counsel to fill Lynne Rhode's position after she left.

› How Florida's national wildlife refuges impact Everglades Restoration
he Everglades Coalition (EVCO) is an alliance of more than 60 local, state and national organizations dedicated to the full restoration of the greater Everglades ecosystem. In January, the EVCO hosted its 35th Annual Everglades Coalition Conference at the South Seas Island Resort on Captiva.

› Orlando’s Marriott Worldwide Vacations to furlough staff, shutter U.S. timeshares over coronavirus pandemic
Timeshare giant Marriott Vacations Worldwide said Tuesday it will shut down operations and furlough its workers because of a massive drop in business related to coronavirus. The Orlando-based company also will close all service centers through April 6 and all resorts to rental guests through April 23.

› Florida's innovative new district cooling facility reducing carbon footprint
Located in the new waterfront neighborhood of Water Street Tampa, Florida, an innovative new district cooling facility is helping reduce the 56 acre development's carbon footprint on a massive scale while also recycling millions of gallons of water per year. This new building frees up rooftops and coveted streetscapes by centralizing water production for this sprawling new neighborhood; giving 13 acres of public space back to the local community.

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