December 8, 2021

Thursday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 9/16/2021

› Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement dazzles in St. Petersburg
For years, residents of St. Petersburg and beyond have been waiting for the Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement to open. On Sept. 7, it was revealed to the public — and it is stunning. Founded by collector Rudy Ciccarello, the museum is the world’s first dedicated to the Arts and Crafts movement, which happened between about 1890 and 1930 and revived and elevated handcraft in the wake of the Industrial Revolution.

› Polk County tentatively passes largest budget in history — with more taxes and higher fees
The Polk County Commission tentatively approved the largest budget in county history Monday night, the first that exceeds the $2 billion mark. County Manager Bill Beasley calls it an “unprecedented" budget — one that reflects rising property values and increased tax revenue collected by all of the growth, but has also been padded by all of the federal COVID relief money the county received this year: more than $140 million worth.

› Seminole sees sharp drop in bear, human encounters
The number of complaints of bears wandering through Seminole County neighborhoods, tipping over trash cans and scaring homeowners by plopping themselves down in yards has plunged by more than half since 2014 when the county was considered the “epicenter of human-bear conflicts,” according to a report presented by state wildlife officers to commissioners on Tuesday.

› Sarasota company receives premarket clearance on wound care product 
Omeza, a Sarasota-based skin science company, announced that its Omeza Collagen Matrix (OCM) product was cleared through the FDA 510(k) premarket notification process. The product is Omeza’s first medical prescription product. “No one has taken on the challenge of making advanced wound care products both effective and affordable, as a result preventable amputations are on the rise,” says Sarah Kitlowski, Omeza president, in a press release.

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