December 1, 2022

Monday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 8/1/2022

› United Way offers marginalized Miami residents tech training to boost job prospects
A new collaboration between United Way Miami and two local partner entities will enable adult residents from marginalized communities to learn the skills necessary for careers in the area’s burgeoning technology sector. Called the United Way Miami Workforce Project, the program is the latest effort to help create a local tech talent pipeline and try to close the gender and racial equity gap here in the tech field.  

› Gainesville's heat islands: loss of tree canopy can pose health risks
Gainesville is known for its urban tree canopy but there are places where staying cool is hard. Places where heat can climb higher than usual and temperatures spike above the surrounding areas. These spots are being called heat islands. Kip Bricker, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Jacksonville, said "they can occur especially in the downtown city areas where there is a lot of concrete. You can get temperatures that are unusually warmer because the concrete can hold the heat better.”

› Couple’s $1 million gift will help build Orlando wellness center
Winter Park philanthropists Dr. Don and Cindy Diebel are donating $1 million to help build the Heart of West Lakes Wellness Center — part of an effort to bring equity and opportunity to the historically Black neighborhood southwest of Camping World Stadium. The $13.5 million, 30,000-square-foot center, slated to open this winter, will include a café with healthful food, fitness studio, community meeting rooms and a comprehensive primary-care medical clinic.

› Plans will connect, transform parks and public spaces along Jacksonville's downtown riverfront
Jacksonville residents will soon be able to stroll from Metropolitan Park to the Riverside Arts Market. Or, they could go across the Acosta or Main Street bridges to Southbank’s Friendship Fountain and even take a detour to follow the Emerald Trail and head to Hogan’s Creek. In the upcoming years, riverfront advocates say the riverwalk along both banks of the St. Johns River will connect it all.

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