Friday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
How Florida's COVID vaccine distribution went haywire
The confusion and lack of information from state and county health officials has sparked criticism from legislators, seniors and others. But Florida isn’t the only state experiencing problems. All states have been stymied by a system set up by Operation Warp Speed, the federal government's nationwide vaccine distribution program. More from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
Naples chamber to launch campaign to attract remote workers
With more Americans working from home, there's an effort under way to attract more remote workers to Collier County. Leadership with the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce — and its economic development arm, the Partnership for Collier's Future Economy — are in the beginning stages of developing a targeted outreach and marketing campaign. More from the Naples Daily News.
As Disney World’s top marathon goes virtual, Orlando runners find inspiration
Like many races around the world, the Walt Disney World Marathon isn’t happening in person and neither will the runDisney races in February and April, as all are going virtual. Beyond the spring, Disney doesn’t know when its live races can return as fears over crowds remain and the COVID-19 vaccine rollout has been shaky. More from the Orlando Sentinel.
Miami accounting giant MBAF acquired by national firm BDO
Miami powerhouse accounting and consulting firm MBAF has been acquired by BDO, one of the largest accounting firms in the country. “As we were looking at the future of the firm, BDO is what we wanted to be when we grow up,” said Tony Argiz, MBAF’s chairman and CEO. “So why not do it all at once? “We’ve known the leadership at BDO for some time, and we felt the cultures were a good match. ... This is a great organization that we’re joining,” he said. More from the Miami Herald.
Florida seafood to be purchased for federal COVID response program
For the first time pre-cooked Florida seafood products will be purchased by the federal government for distribution to Americans in need as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farmers to Families Food Box program, according to the Florida Farm Bureau. The first round of food boxes was distributed in May 2020, with more than 132 million food boxes distributed since the COVID-19 pandemic surfaced early last year. More from the Florida Farm Bureau and The Capitolist.
Second Circuit Court of Florida cancels trials until February, citing COVID risks
The Second Judicial Circuit of Florida has canceled all in-person jury trials scheduled in January. In an amendment Thursday, the Second Judicial Circuit of Florida canceled all in-person jury circuit-wide and some non-jury trials through the month of January due to rising COVID-19 concerns in the area.
» More from WTXL.
Pet supply company starts franchising efforts
Amid the pandemic, pet-related businesses have flourished, as more people become pet owners and existing pet owners pamper their furry friends. One area business experiencing a boom is Parrish-based Leo&Lucky's, which offers pet nutrition, supplies and grooming. Business at the flagship Parrish store, in north Manatee County, has been well above average in recent months, and now the company is starting to offer franchise opportunities.
» Read more from the Business Observer.
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