August 16, 2022

Thursday's Daily Pulse

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› Brevard County borrows playbook from Melbourne and effectively bans panhandling
Brevard County officials Tuesday passed a law that prohibits individuals from loitering on the public right of ways along Space Coast roads and intersections. Commissioners claim it enhances pedestrian safety, but opponents believe the move's true purpose is to stamp out panhandling by the homeless and the needy in Brevard County.

› Largest free health care clinic in Florida to purchase first mobile clinic
The Caridad Center is the largest free health care clinic in Florida, and they are set to receive $1.1 million in federal funding. Caridad Center CEO Laura Kallus said the money will allow them to make some much needed upgrades, as well as build their first free mobile clinic. "As far as I know, this is the first one [in the county] for a free clinic," Kallus said.

› ‘Operational meltdown’: Spirit’s flight attendants demand better working conditions
Citing poor working conditions and airline operational “meltdowns,” a group of unionized Spirit Airlines flight attendants protested Tuesday by toting signs at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. A top union official cited instances of Spirit’s flight attendants having to sleep on airport floors after completing 20- to 30-hour shifts, only to return to duty shortly thereafter.

› Tampa Bay has the 3rd most ‘overvalued’ rent prices, study finds
Florida is the center of the national rental surge, new research has found. The Florida Atlantic University College of Business in partnership with researchers at Florida Gulf Coast University and the University of Alabama analyzed U.S. rental markets to find which ones were the most overvalued, or priced above its historical trend, according to a media release.

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