December 2, 2022

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Florida tax revenues beat projections in December

With inflation helping boost sales tax collections, money continues to amass for state lawmakers as they patch together a budget for next fiscal year. State economists reported Thursday that general-revenue tax collections in December were $610.9 million, or 19.3 percent, over a projection made in August. General revenue totaled $3.771 billion during the month, compared to the projection of about $3.16 billion. More from the News Service of Florida.

Economic Development Commission reveals branding exercise to cement Space Coast's identity

How would you describe the Space Coast? For the next 18 months, the Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast will be asking that question as part of a community branding effort that officials hope will make it easier to sell Brevard to potential employees and employers. The ultimate goal is to come up with a logo or slogan for Brevard. More from Florida Today.

Florida gets $740.4 million boost for rental assistance

Florida has received an additional $740.4 million from the federal government for its emergency rental assistance program, OUR Florida, state officials announced Thursday. To qualify for the program, renters must be low income or unemployed and be behind on rent or utility payments — or at risk of falling behind. They also must have had a loss of income or other financial hardship during the last year. More from the Orlando Sentinel . accuses ex-executive of stealing trade secrets before defecting to rival

Dania Beach-based online pet supply company has a bone to pick with a former executive that it says defected to a competitor with stolen trade secrets. On Jan. 3, his last day at work, Zackery Riley “misappropriated an exceptionally large volume of Chewy’s confidential documents and trade secrets by transferring them to his personally email account and then attempting to delete this information from Chewy’s network,” according to a lawsuit filed against Riley on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Fort Lauderdale. More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Airline shortages strain Tampa International Airport’s recovery

While Tampa International Airport rebounded quicker than most U.S. airports from the coronavirus pandemic, the road to recovery snagged somewhat in recent months. Airport officials estimate they won’t reach a “post-recovery period” until at least next year, airport advisor Pete Ricondo told the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority Thursday. More from the Tampa Bay Times.

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She had wanted to be a lawyer. She was just named Miami-Dade’s teacher of the year.

floridaThe past few years have been life changing for Unethia Fox, a teacher at South Miami Senior High. Like so many of her colleagues, she adapted to a new way of teaching during a pandemic. Fox’s perspective of seeing things through the eyes of her students helped earn her the highest accolade Thursday night, when she was named the 2023 Francisco R. Walker Teacher of the Year for Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the top honor for the district’s more than 17,000 teachers.

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