September 24, 2020

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What you need to know about Florida today

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With fewer layoffs, Florida jobless claims dropped last week

The number of Floridians filing new jobless claims dropped last week by more than 17,500 from the previous week, according to figures released Thursday. There were 73,955 new claims for unemployment benefits filed last week in Florida, a drop from the previous week's 91,462 claims. The report from the U.S. Department of Labor noted that last week there More from the Tampa Bay Times.

Will Broadway ever return to South Florida stages?

Though it’s bad luck to say “good luck” in the theater world, South Florida’s largest stages are crossing their fingers for a lucky break when it comes to getting Broadway back on the boards. Best case scenario: The Broadway season that usually starts in the fall will return to this part of the country in the winter, most likely in December. More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Historic Jacksonville sites are identified as endangered by Florida preservation group

Two areas of Jacksonville have made the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation's 11 to Save list for 2020. Every year the trust releases the list of the most threatened properties in Florida in order to support preservation efforts across the state. As Northeast Florida continues to rapidly urbanize, historically significant often are left to deteriorate or be approved for demolition. More from the Florida Times-Union.

Florida manatee deaths are up in 2020. With the pandemic, we don’t know why

At least 388 manatees have died in Florida this year, slightly more than average, but in about a third of those cases, scientists did not recover the body to figure out the cause. Blame the coronavirus pandemic. In April and May, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission suspended necropsies — the process of examining a dead manatee to determine why it died. More from the Tampa Bay Times.

Weather OK for SpaceX's next Starlink launch from Kennedy Space Center

The weather forecast appears to be mostly favorable for SpaceX's next launch from Kennedy Space Center, the Space Force said Wednesday. This 10th Starlink launch has been delayed nearly 10 times due to a spate of issues, primarily technical. After several attempts in June and July, the rocket was rolled back into its hangar at pad 39A for additional hardware work. This will be the booster's fifth flight. More from Florida Today.

Want to audition for American Idol? Do it virtually.

 If you dream of being the next American Idol but fear a pandemic, there’s good news. Idol Across America, the first virtual open call Zoom auditions for American Idol, are open to Floridians on Monday with an appointment. Hopefuls can virtually audition face to face with show producers.

» More from the Tampa Bay Times.


Retail Trends
Hitchcock’s Green Market is trying to pick up where Lucky’s left off

floridaWhen Lucky’s announced it was suddenly closing its stores and filing for bankruptcy, Florida grocers scrambled to put their names in the ring to take over the specialty food market’s most successful locations. Hitchcock’s Market, a lesser known independent chain, put bids in against big-league grocers like Aldi and Florida leaders such as Publix and Winn-Dixie. The Alvarez family, which runs Hitchcock’s, scooped up the sole Lucky’s Market in Tampa Bay.

» Read more from the Tampa Bay Times.

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