October 24, 2020

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Time – and money – at stake in Florida-led proposal to extend daylight saving

Daylight saving time could be extended for one year if a fast-tracked federal bill sponsored by Florida’s two U.S. senators is adopted before Nov. 1, when clocks fall back an hour at 2 a.m. local time across much of the world. Republican U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott said suspending daylight saving time would save energy, prevent traffic injuries and reduce crime while improving physical fitness, reducing childhood obesity and benefitting the agricultural economy. The Florida Chamber of Commerce and state business associations maintain an extra hour of sunlight in the winter, during peak tourist season, would translate into more sales. More from the Center Square.

Medical marijuana chocolates, cookies and gels hit the dispensary shelves in Florida

Nearly four years after Floridians voted to legalize medical marijuana, chocolates, cookies and gummy-like gels containing the drug are just becoming available at dispensaries in the state. Trulieve is carrying chocolate bars and fudge brownies. Curaleaf is working to bring gel edibles to its Florida dispensaries in October, with possible flavors such as grapefruit or lime. The offerings arrive after the state Department of Health released rules for edibles in late August. More from the Orlando Sentinel.

Will Halloween save Disney World, Universal, and SeaWorld?

This past weekend was the first one with a seasonal bent at Disney World, Comcast's Universal Orlando, and SeaWorld Entertainment -- and it was by most accounts a success. Folks were trick-or-treating through SeaWorld Orlando, enjoying last-minute jump scares at Universal Orlando walk-through attractions, and dressing up as their favorite characters at Disney's Magic Kingdom. It seems like business as usual, but like any good Halloween disguise it often masks what's really going on underneath the costume. More from the Motley Fool.

Hurricane center watching area on South Florida's doorstep for development

A front draped over South Florida is stirring stormy weather, but adding to the messy stew is an area the National Hurricane Center has identified as having the potential to form into a tropical system this week. The spot of showers and thunderstorms over southeastern Florida and the northwestern Bahamas was given a 20 percent chance of development over five days as it bobs around in the Florida Straits and Cuba before heading back north. More from the Palm Beach Post.

Florida gasoline prices take another nose dive

Gas prices were on the decline for the second week in a row last week, according to AAA Florida Auto Club data released Monday. The average price of a gallon of fuel across the state dropped about 4 cents in the past week, amounting to a 7-cent decline in the past two weeks. The average price for a gallon of gas in Florida was $2.13 Sunday. More from Florida Politics.

Business Profile
‘Top Chef’ star opening Riviera by Fabio Viviani inside new Fort Lauderdale Beach hotel

 Bars are closed and fewer tourists are around, but celebrity chef Fabio Viviani still finds cautious optimism in the salty-sweet air on Fort Lauderdale Beach, where his new restaurant, Riviera by Fabio Viviani, is weeks away from opening. Riviera, a 200-seat coastal Italian eatery from Viviani – a “Top Chef” contestant and reality show host-turned-restaurateur – will be the ground-floor centerpiece of the new Hotel Maren Fort Lauderdale Beach, a Hilton-owned boutique hotel at 525 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.

» More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.


Florida History
Jacksonville was an early hub of the movie industry

floridaThe East Coast — New York, specifically — was the entertainment hub of the United States in the early 20th century. But moviemakers were quick to follow the railroad south to the Sunshine State to Jacksonville, known then as “Winter Film Capital of the World.” Jacksonville’s first silent film studio opened in 1908. The warm climate, inexpensive labor and easy rail access eventually drew more than 30 movie studios to the North Florida city, before Hollywood took over as film capital of the world.

» Read more from the Florida Weekly.

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Rare, two-headed snake found in Palm Harbor home
Rare, two-headed snake found in Palm Harbor home

A family in Palm Harbor recently found a rare creature in their home – a two-headed snake. FWC researchers said the phenomenon is named bicephaly – an uncommon occurrence that happens during snake embryo development. When two monozygotic twins fail to separate, it leaves the heads conjoined onto a single body.

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