January 16, 2021

Thursday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 7/30/2020

› Worker’s fraud nearly bankrupts Sarasota business
A Sarasota sausage kitchen’s warehouse manager was sentenced to prison after he defrauded his company out of more than $250,000, nearly bankrupting the family run company, prosecutors announced Wednesday. According to the office of Ed Brodsky, state attorney for the 12th Judicial Circuit, in 2018 the family owners of Geier’s Sausage Kitchen noticed a significant drop in revenue and could not determine the cause.

› Nonprofit, after national search, chooses new CFO
Eckerd Connects, a Clearwater-based nonprofit that assists children, young adults and families in need, has named Tony Van Slyke its new CFO. According to a press release, Eckerd Connects conducted a national search to fill the role.

› First Blue Angel F/A-18 Super Hornet arrives in Pensacola to mark ‘historic’ day
As the old saying goes, it’s great when a plan comes together. Not even COVID-19 could halt the Blue Angels’ long-anticipated plan to swap out Boeing F/A-18 “Legacy” Hornet fighter jets in favor of the more powerful F/A-18 Super Hornets in time for the 2021 air show season. On Monday morning, the first painted Super Hornet made its triumphant arrival in Pensacola.

› Miami Beach has shut down Airbnb amid COVID. Here’s where you can still book
With many hotels and motels on the brink of bankruptcy and Airbnbs heavily regulated, legal short-term rental options are running low in Miami-Dade County. The county reopened hotels and motels on June 1 with new safety measures and restrictions, including mandatory mask-wearing for guests and staff, capacity limits for common areas, and pet, gym and minibar bans.

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