December 8, 2021

Tuesday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 9/21/2021

› Downtown Four Seasons hotel review starts over lunch at Jacksonville City Council
The push for City Council approval of a Four Seasons hotel development deal along Jacksonville’s downtown riverfront opened Friday to a small audience as supporters worked to get state backing too. Four of the council’s 18 members joined a lunch-and-learn meeting where Downtown Investment Authority CEO Lori Boyer walked politicians and auditors through the deal and outlined plans to replace Kids Kampus, on the proposed development site, with a new park at the long-dormant Jacksonville Shipyards.

› South Florida still No 1 in healthcare fraud. Ripoffs cost Medicare billions a year
At a cost of billions, fraud is corrupting the new healthcare fields of telemedicine, substance abuse facilities and COVID-19 programs — but U.S. authorities also say it’s still plaguing traditional areas such as medical equipment supplies, home care and pharmacies. South Florida continues to rank No. 1 in the nation for healthcare fraud, draining massive sums of money from the taxpayer-funded federal program, Medicare, and private insurance carriers, authorities say.

› Keynote speakers announced for next year's women's summit
An actress, an athlete and an author were revealed as next year’s keynote speakers for the 2022 Voice and Visibility Women’s Summit. While the reveal was moved to a virtual presentation, instead of in-person, organizers still expect to hold the event in-person. It's scheduled for March 4, 2022, at the Westin in Sarasota. Just in case, the team will only be selling virtual tickets and sponsorship packages for the next six to eight weeks while they assess conditions. The virtual part of the event will launch that day and remain open for 30 days after.

› Emily Dawkins named Truist regional president in North Florida
Truist Financial Corp. named Emily Dawkins regional president for its North Florida region. Dawkins was capital markets originator. She assumed her new role as regional president on Sept. 7, succeeding Scott Keith, who will retire Sept. 30 after a 34-year banking career.

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