December 1, 2021

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| 10/15/2021

Gov. DeSantis plans to challenge Biden vaccine mandate for businesses

DeSantis said he will immediately contest the Biden administration’s requirement that companies ensure workers are vaccinated or tested regularly for COVID-19. “We think the state of Florida has standing to do it and we also know businesses that we’re going to work with to contest it,” DeSantis said during a news conference in Fort Myers. “I also think that we have responsibility at the state level to do whatever we need to do legislatively to be able to protect Floridians from mandates that could result in them losing their jobs.” [Source: WJXT]

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Southwest Florida businesses impacted by supply chain issues

Backlogs that built up during the pandemic have caused bottlenecks at ports, leaving ships waiting to dock and unload their goods. This shortage is forcing businesses on the local level to rethink their entire strategy. Products for restaurants have been notably in short supply. [Source: WFTX]

Windstar Cruises nears deal for South Florida headquarters office

Windstar Cruises expects to move about 30 to 35 employees to its new South Florida headquarters by June 2022. Some of the employees will relocate, while others will be hired locally, Windstar President Chris Prelog said. Windstar's current lease at 2101 4th Ave., Suite 210, in Seattle, is set to expire the same month the company plans to relocate. [Source: South Florida Business Journal]

As medical marijuana blooms in Florida, regulators seek $13 million more from state

Health officials also want $4 million for a state education and prevention campaign to publicize “accurate information” about medical marijuana, money to buy vehicles to take samples of THC-infused edible products to a testing lab in Jacksonville and additional funding to open three regional offices within the Office of Medical Marijuana Use, according to documents submitted to the Legislature. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]

Hiring people with disabilities is smart businessA

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.. [Source: ]


› Space Perspective raises enough to begin flights from Space Coast in 2024
Space Perspective, a start-up company that wants to offer balloon rides from Brevard County to the upper reaches of the atmosphere, has obtained the financing it needs to start building its spacecraft and begin commercial flights in 2024.

› Past the pandemic: How some Florida businesses have managed to thrive
There is no overlooking the expansive ripples the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the world. Economically, the virus crippled and shuttered businesses across Florida, while putting thousands out of work. More than 18 months since Florida’s initial statewide shutdown, there is optimism.

› Crow Holdings pays $33M for Coral Springs’ Turtle Crossing
Shopping center is shadow-anchored by Super Target, although store not included in deal

› Florida State University President McCullough announces staff appointments
McCullough appointed FSU administrator Marissa Langston as his new Chief of Staff, effective immediately. Langston succeeds Elizabeth Hirst, who assumes full-time responsibilities as Associate Vice President for University Relations.

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