Monday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Florida investigating potential ‘vaccine passport’ law violators including businesses, government agencies, and entertainment events
Florida is investigating potential violators of its COVID “vaccine passport” law that include a Harry Styles concert in Orlando, a Major League Baseball team, businesses, and government agencies, among them a public library and an FDLE counterterrorism unit. A list of 120 cases “under review” by the state Department of Health was released because of a public records request from the Orlando Sentinel first filed in September. The health department complied after a lawyer for the Sentinel contacted the agency’s general counsel. More from the Orlando Sentineland the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Hurricane center watching two systems in tropics
With 51 days left in hurricane season, the Nation Hurricane Center is watching out for two systems in the tropics with chances to become the next tropical depression. A tropical wave located about 400 miles east-southeast of the Windward Islands is producing cloudiness and thunderstorms. The NHC said it has a 20% chance of forming in the next two days and a 30% chance of forming in the next five days. More from the Orlando Sentinel.
Miami tech jobs on the way, audit shows — but COVID, ‘virtual’ offices slow hiring
Last week, the Miami Herald’s “Tech Trail” examined how many tech jobs have been created so far since the Miami tech boom kicked off in earnest last December. The answer: It’s mostly too soon to say — though experts said there is still enough to indicate that there is something to the Miami tech movement’s traction. Today, a new dataset tells us a bit more about the progress of hiring in Miami. The upshot: It remains slow going. More from the Miami Herald.
State distributes $1.5 billion following Hurricane Michael
Backed heavily by the federal government, Florida has distributed about $1.5 billion to governments and agencies across a region of the Panhandle devastated nearly three years ago by Category 5 Hurricane Michael, according to Department of Economic Opportunity Secretary Dane Eagle. Eagle announced the figure Friday as he joined Gov. Ron DeSantis at the Bay County Emergency Operations Center in Southport to mark the upcoming third anniversary of Michael, which made landfall near Mexico Beach on Oct. 10, 2018. More from the News Service of Florida.
What’s new and reopening at Jacksonville International Airport
Travelers, visitors and employees at Jacksonville International Airport will see retail and restaurant changes, including BurgerFi replacing the Brooks Brothers clothing store. Longer-term, JAA issued a request for proposals to award one lease for an operator to develop, manage and operate three more food and beverage concessions. The responses are due 2 p.m.. Dec. 7. JAA expects to award the contract in the first quarter. More from the Jacksonville Daily Record.
Local filmmakers are telling Miami stories their way. Meet six of them
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Out of the Box
Tampa’s first ‘garage condos’ are coming. What are those?
Tampa is poised to get its first car condominiums next year. Paddock1 has begun construction on a “luxury garage condo community” in Tampa at Adamo Drive and 34th Street, the company announced. So what is a car condo, anyway? Paddock1 is a garage that offers high-end storage space for cars and other motor vehicles, project founder and Tampa native Sean Murphy told the Tampa Bay Times. Users will own the real estate rather than paying rent.
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