Friday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
› Pasco helps locals deal on international stage
When people think about economic development offices, they usually imagine overseas trade trips, tax credits and the occasional press release touting a new company complete with foggy economic outlooks. But there’s a lot more to the work county and state agencies do to create business opportunities than selling locations and offering incentives to lure out-of-town businesses.
› Reviews on new bayside billboard mixed. ‘Visual pollution’ or evolving city skyline?
A new electronic billboard erected on the shore of Biscayne Bay just off the MacArthur Causeway has some residents accusing the city of Miami of green-flagging advertising contracts that obstruct waterfront views and drive down quality of life along the coast. The large billboard, controlled by OUTFRONT Media, sits across the street from the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and greets anyone driving west into Miami from South Beach.
› Go underground at Florida Caverns State Park, millions of years in the making
Many of the Sunshine State’s caverns are underwater, making them only accessible to those with a cave diving certification. However, Florida Caverns State Park in the state’s Panhandle offers explorers the rare chance to walk through an air-filled underground system filled with unique limestone formations.
› JEA sets August hearing for fee increase that will affect builders
The JEA board of directors scheduled a public rate hearing for Aug. 24 where it is expected to vote on the first water, sewer and irrigation capacity fee increases in 15 years, affecting builders and customers connecting to the city-owned utility’s system. The board also will vote on adjustments to electric rates, but JEA CEO Jay Stowe said at the June 22 board meeting that the changes will have a “net neutral” impact and not raise the average residential customer’s bill in fiscal year 2022.
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