Tuesday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Florida Legislature returns for first day of 2022 session
Starting today, Florida lawmakers are returning to the Capitol for the regular 60-day session, held every year in the Capitol. Some top notes: It’s an election year, with every lawmaker on the ballot this year after the political redistricting that soon will be approved. Will redistricting consume most of the oxygen in the 60 days, blunting the appetite to pursue “culture war” initiatives (think abortion, transgender athletes, and so on)? Read more and see live updates from Yahoo News and the Tallahassee Democrat.
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Navigating red tide and blue-green algae, Florida considers fining farmers for water violations
The Sunshine State's hospitable climate infuses springs, lakes and rivers with nutrients that spark blooms of algae, leaving the water unsafe for children to swim and air unfit for people with allergies to breathe. Algae emit cyanotoxins, one of the most potent natural poisons. After a red tide outbreak tripped by a bloom last July, for instance, St. Petersburg scooped up more than six tons of dead fish in one week. And the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports 2021 is the deadliest year on record for the manatee. More from the Tallahassee Democrat.
Dozens of First Coast employers looking to hire through virtual job fair
More than 30 employers across a wide range of industries and retailers across the First Coast are looking to hire workers at a virtual hiring fair this week. CareerSource Northeast Florida is hosting the event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday. Some of the companies participating include Brooks Rehabilitation, Flagler Technical College, Metric Engineering and the Florida Department of Transportation, the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department and the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. More from First Coast News.
Brightline trains to begin rolling from Cocoa to West Palm Beach — without passengers
Beginning Jan. 17, Brightline's new commuter trains will begin rolling every day from West Palm Beach across Brevard County to Frontenac — but they won't be carrying passengers yet. Rather, these "qualifying trains" will familiarize Brightline train operators with the 130-mile Florida East Coast Railway corridor between Cocoa and West Palm Beach. More from Florida Today.
City of Sarasota approves plan to conserve Bobby Jones Golf Club in perpetuity
Sarasota city commissioners voted unanimously Monday to permanently conserve the 263-acre property on the city’s east side known as the Bobby Jones Golf Club. The city and the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast have negotiated a conservation easement, which is a legal document ensuring Bobby Jones will never be subdivided or developed, according to the foundation. More from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
Michelin-starred chef Akira Back to open restaurant in Delray Beach.
You’ve seen Akira Back on foodie-fan television shows such as “Iron Chef America,” “Big Bad BBQ Brawl” and “Best Thing I Ever Ate.” Now there’s a chance you might get to see the celebrity chef here in Florida, at least occasionally, as he prepares to open an eponymous eatery in The Ray hotel in Delray Beach’s boho-chic neighborhood, Pineapple Grove Arts District.
» More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Capital Tacos, founded in Land O’Lakes, to franchise outside Florida
Capital Tacos started out in a 1,000-square-foot shop in Land O’Lakes, where its owner-chef dished out Baja- and Tex-Mex-inspired tacos and burritos in a hip, industrial-chic setting. Nearly a decade later, the chain is ready to go grande. The fast-casual brand, which has five locations around Tampa Bay, is launching a franchise program with eyes on markets as far north as North Carolina and as far west as Arkansas and Louisiana.
» Read more from the Tampa Bay Times.
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