Friday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
As the wave of joblessness crashes, quick-cash outlets could be about to reap bonanza
Although they are not conventional lenders like banks and credit unions, title loan and cash advance companies in Florida are being treated as providers of financial services and thus as essential businesses, allowed to stay open while restaurants, many big box retailers and thousands of small shops in strip malls are closed. More from the Miami Herald
The great oyster revival of Florida
A boom in oyster farming comes amid the collapse of an older, traditional wild oyster industry in Apalachicola that once supplied a tenth of the nation’s bivalves and 90 percent of Florida’s aquatic mollusks. The reason for this collapse has been due to hurricanes, overharvesting and ecological issues. More from Florida Insider
The end of door-to-door? Florida groups scramble to register voters amid COVID-19
If this were a normal election year, voter registration organizations in Florida would be deploying an army of field volunteers and organizers to supermarkets and churches now. They’d be touting ambitious registration goals, knocking on a record number of doors and targeting overlooked voters. But as the number of cases and deaths related to COVID-19 continue to swell in the nation’s most populous battleground state, “Get Out The Vote!” groups are scrapping old plans and scrambling to address the challenges posed by a society in near-lockdown. More from the Miami Herald.
Restaurant community working together in Sarasota
Southside Village is a vibrant, close-knit community, and home to several small, locally owned neighborhood restaurants that add personality to the charming area. Since restaurants in Florida have halted dining in and switched to takeout only, restaurateurs in this unique community are responding to the challenge collaboratively in reshaped times. More from the Suncoast Post.
New York investment firm buys Tampa Bay area sports events company
Advance, a private, family-owned company that owns media and entertainment properties such as magazine publisher Conde Nast, has acquired the Tampa-based IRONMAN Group from Wanda Sports Group Co. Ltd. in an all-cash transaction. More from the Business Observer
Out of the Box
Denison Yachting launches virtual boat show
Denison Yachting has announced the launch of “A Boat Show From Your Couch,” a friendly and safe way to experience a boat show in a time of social distancing. Denison has long been a leader in the yachting industry with a rich family history dating back to 1948.
» More at Florida Trend.
Elite Motor Works
Auto repair shop Elite Motor Works is providing free oil changes and free safety evaluations for health care workers during the coronavirus crisis. Elite Motor Works is at 1749 Cattlemen Road in Sarasota. According to a press release, it is offering pick up and delivery for the vehicles it works on. Employees will also clean and sanitize the car before it is returned.
» Read more from the Business Observer.
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