Tuesday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Florida certifies voting results for president and other races
Now it’s official. The Florida Elections Canvassing Commission met for about a minute Tuesday morning and certified the state’s official vote totals in the 2020 general election for president and for other federal, state and multicounty contests. Florida’s smooth election, coupled with a comfortable win by President Donald Trump in the Sunshine State, means Florida escaped the drama some had worried could unfold after the election. More from the Tampa Bay Times and the Orlando Sentinel.
DeSantis, cabinet to meet in December
After rarely meeting in 2020, Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Cabinet are slated to hold an end-of-the-year meeting in December. DeSantis and the Cabinet --- Attorney General Ashley Moody, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and state Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis --- are scheduled to meet Dec. 15, according to the Cabinet website. It would be only the fourth meeting of the year. More from the News Service of Florida.
Yuengling breaks ground for Tampa hotel, expansions
About six years ago, Mark Sharpe spoke with the dean of University of South Florida’s college of pharmacy. The dean said the area lacked a good place to grab a beer. But Sharpe had a place in mind. That place was the Yuengling brewery just south of the university in Tampa. And on Monday, Sharpe — who is the director of the Tampa Innovation Partnership — spoke at a ground breaking for a new hotel and other expansions at Yuengling’s Tampa location. More from the Tampa Bay Times.
Shad Khan donates $5 million to MOSH capital campaign
The Museum of Science & History announced Nov. 16 that Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan is donating $5 million to its capital campaign to relocate the museum to Shipyards property on the Downtown Northbank. “The best downtown districts in the United States include urban parkland and cultural destinations, and we can have that here in Jacksonville with the Museum of Science and History anchoring a new riverfront park,” Khan said in a news release. More from the Jacksonville Daily Record.
Spirit restarts Orlando flights to Caribbean and Latin America
Orlando International Airport’s slow rebound of international service got a boost Monday when South Florida-based Spirit Airlines announced it is resuming six Caribbean and Latin American flights from Orlando. Spirits halted international flights from Orlando in March with the onset of the pandemic. In coming weeks, the ultra-low fare airline will restart flights to Colombia, Honduras, Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador. The frequency of flights will vary from a few to six times weekly. More from the Orlando Sentinel.
Restaurant chain to serve cocktails for first time
Breakfast, brunch and lunch chain First Watch will bring alcohol to its restaurants for the first time since its founding in 1983. The chain unveiled a new menu of signature brunch cocktails that are now available at 100 of the company's more than 400 restaurants. First Watch aims to expand the new cocktail program to roughly half of its restaurants by the end of 2020, according to a press release.
» More from the Business Observer.
Dharma Yoga Studio
Gentle yoga classes, mindfulness workshops and a hefty dose of student loyalty have created the recipe for Dharma Yoga Studio’s survival during the pandemic. Since late June, online technology has provided the karmic — and physical — connection between the studio and its public. Now, the Coconut Grove studio is starting to offer small in-person classes at an outdoor garden at nearby Mr. C Miami and plans to form other partnerships with open-air spaces as it transitions to what could become a hybrid model, said founder Natalie Morales.
» Read more from the Miami Herald.
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