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Florida hospitals made $6.3 billion in 2020. Could they see cuts?
Florida hospital executives said 2020 would be a challenging year. According to a state agency, it wasn’t so challenging for their bottom line. This week, lawmakers from both parties grilled top health care executives over hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer-funded services at their facilities. While the lawmakers asked their questions, they broadcast an image of a graphic produced by the Agency for Health Care Administration that showed Florida hospitals made nearly $6.3 billion in 2020 — amid the coronavirus pandemic. More from the Tampa Bay Times.
Amazon promising 1K jobs at new $200M Daytona Beach fulfillment center
Daytona Beach officials revealed the city could see 1,000 new jobs as part of a proposed massive Amazon distribution center. The city commission voted 6-1 Wednesday to approve an “economic development agreement,” that revealed Amazon as the mystery company behind what the city had been calling Project Tarpon. More from the Orlando Sentinel.
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Baptist Health and Jacksonville University team up to boost nursing ranks
Jacksonville University is graduating nurses faster thanks to a new partnership with Baptist Health that creates a one-of-a-kind, 12-month accelerated nursing program. “It’s very unique,” says Amber Santos, director of innovation and quality at the college’s Keigwin School of Nursing. “It hasn’t been done anywhere in this region.” The 12-month, second-degree program is open to anyone who already has a bachelor’s degree, in any field. More from Florida Trend.
A year after Miami tech boom started, locals meet Silicon Valley firms and hope to get hired
Hundreds gathered at Miami Dade College’s downtown Wolfson campus Thursday afternoon for a technology companies job fair that also brought together Miami-Dade and Miami’s mayors and the presidents of the county’s four major universities and colleges. The event marked a 12-month capstone of sorts for the Miami-area tech boom that’s seen the rise of billion-dollar companies but has left many local residents wondering how to get hired by those firms. More from the Miami Herald.
Tampa International Airport sees record travelers for Thanksgiving
The Tampa International Airport saw a record number of travelers pass through its terminals around the Thanksgiving holiday. From Nov. 18 to 29, the airport recorded 800,000 travelers, according to data shared at a Hillsborough County Aviation Authority meeting on Thursday. Traffic at the airport was up about 9 percent from 2019, before the pandemic, according to airport officials. More from the Tampa Bay Times.
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Rays' split-season plan met with scorn from Quebec taxpayers
The Tampa Bay Rays have gone all in on their “Sister City” idea — a proposal to split the Major League Baseball team’s season between the Tampa/St. Petersburg area and Montreal and play home games in brand-new, open-air stadiums to be built in both cities. The Rays would presumably continue to hold spring training at their facility in Port Charlotte, but it’s unclear what would become of the Tampa Bay Rowdies, the United Soccer League team, owned by the Rays, that currently plays its home games at Al Lang Stadium in downtown St. Pete.
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