Friday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Coronavirus is surging in Florida. Is the state doing enough to fight vaccine hesitancy?
Florida has inoculated enough residents to rank just 22nd among states in vaccination rate, even though the shots are free and now widely available. The reasons are complex, with some hesitant because of the speed with which the vaccines were produced, others wary of government intervention and potential side effects, and others still who say they don’t have the time to get the shot or take time off from work to recover. The vaccines have proven to be safe and effective and most suffer no serious side effects. More from the Tampa Bay Timesand the News Service of Florida.
Hurricane center: System with increased odds expected to move near Florida’s east coast
The National Hurricane Center upped the odds of development Friday morning for an area of interest off Georgia’s coast, which is forecast to travel southeast near Florida. The trough of low pressure emerged offshore of Georgia and South Carolina and is producing limited shower and thunderstorm activity Friday morning. Atlantic conditions are slightly ripened for storm growth over the weekend and into next week as the low drifts southeast closer to Florida. More from the ORlando Sentinel.
Homebuyers should rent and wait out the housing boom, experts say; high prices set a record in June
Researchers are urging Florida homebuyers to consider renting while they wait for the state’s overheated market to cool as soaring prices in South Florida hit records in June. Statewide, they say, homes are overvalued by 21.76%. creating a risk that buyers could get stuck with overpriced homes for significant periods of time until prices eventually ease. More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Meet the producer bringing Hallmark romance to Tampa Bay movie sets
Elayne Schneiderman Schmidt has produced two Hallmark movies in the area and a third begins shooting soon. And, through the end of this month, Schmidt is in Dunedin on the set of A Taste of Love, a romantic film featuring Cobra Kai’s Martin Kove.More from the Tampa Bay Times.
CSX, Landstar report second quarter earnings
CSX Corp. reported better-than-expected second quarter earnings and said in a July 21 conference call it is continuing plans to add workers to its rail network in the second half of the year. Jacksonville-based trucking company Landstar System Inc. also reported second-quarter earnings July 21 that beat analysts’ forecasts as economic activity rebounds from last year’s pandemic-related shutdowns. More from the Jacksonville Daily Record.
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Miso Japanese Tapas restaurant blazing trail to Fort Lauderdale’s Progresso district
Local dining and nightlife enthusiasts will be adding a new name to their list of hot neighborhoods in downtown Fort Lauderdale, as Progresso soon will be home to Miso Japanese Tapas from Chef Thuan Lam, best known for creating Phat Boy Sushi & Kitchen. Specializing in small plates and Lam’s trademark cultural cross-pollination (hence the name), the restaurant will be housed in a recently remodeled, multi-tenant building on Progresso Drive, which runs along the north side of the Brightline/FEC tracks across from the hustle and bustle of the MASS District and Flagler Village.
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