November 26, 2022

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Hundreds of thousands quit jobs in Florida as ‘Great Resignation' continues

The “Great Resignation” impacts regions and industries differently. Hundreds of thousands of Floridians quit their jobs each month, according to newly released federal data. When public health measures combating COVID-19 temporarily shut down businesses, the labor market was scrambled like never before. The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows around 3% of Florida workers leave their jobs every month. South Florida as a region is impacted more than others because of the type of industries in the area. More from NBC Miami.

For 29th year, Super Bowl flip coin made by Highland Mint in Melbourne

When the NFC Championship game ended at about 10 p.m. on Jan. 30, most people likely went to bed or took to social media to share their thoughts on the upcoming Rams-Bengals Super Bowl. Not so for the workers of the Highland Mint. As soon as Cincinnati and Los Angeles cemented their spots in the Super Bowl matchup, things began to crank up at the Melbourne-based facility that makes the official flip coin used before the start of the Super Bowl. More from Florida Today.

Broward County records highest number of fentanyl-related deaths in Florida

As drug-related deaths have increased in Florida, one drug is causing more deaths than any other, the latest data from the Florida Medical Examiners Commission shows. Fentanyl, a synthetic prescription opioid that is often produced illegally, caused 5,302 deaths in the state in 2020, a 63% increase from a year before, the commission’s 2020 report released in November says. It was the second-most common drug found in the deceased behind alcohol, and no other drug saw such a dramatic increase in deaths from 2019 to 2020. More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

What will it take for Tampa to lure Rays? New analysis lays out roadmap.

An analysis commissioned by the Tampa Sports Authority shows a full-season baseball stadium for the Tampa Bay Rays could be built in Ybor City for about the same price as an $892 million proposal unveiled in 2018. The figure is lower than the $1 billion-plus price tag projected for a full-season ballpark after Major League Baseball last month killed the Rays’ plan to split the season between Tampa Bay and Montreal. More from the Tampa Bay Times.

Fiserv to acquire Jacksonville-based Finxact for about $650 million

Financial technology giant Fiserv Inc. announced Feb. 7 it agreed to buy Jacksonville-based banking technology firm Finxact Inc. Fiserv was an early investor in Finxact, which was founded in 2016. Finserve will pay about $650 million to acquire the remaining ownership interest in the company. Finxact CEO Frank Sanchez, who co-founded the company with his brother Michael, is a former executive of Jacksonville-based Fidelity National Information Services Inc., Fiserv’s major competitor. More from the Jacksonville Daily Record.

Out of the Box
You can name a cockroach after your ex at the Florida Aquarium for just $10

 If you’re just not in to the Valentine’s Day holiday this year, the Florida Aquarium may be able to help you – and it won’t “hiss and tell.” The Florida Aquarium announced on Instagram that, for $10, donors can name one of the aquarium’s hissing cockroaches after their ex, “or someone else who’s done you wrong!”

» More from WFLA.


Meet the 9-year-old entrepreneur behind Jacksonville's Mini Queen's Donuts

floridaAt 9 years old, Karlie King juggles school, dance classes, homework, hanging out with friends and family during the week. On the weekends, she adds filling business orders to the mix. Karlie's company, Mini Queen's Donuts, is a pop-up doughnut business focused on delivering Karlie's scratch-made, bite-sized sweets to customers across Northeast Florida.

» Read more from the Florida Times-Union.

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