January 28, 2023

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| 11/30/2022

A look back at the 2022 hurricane season, from a historic lull to Hurricane Ian

The 2022 hurricane season, which ends today, will be logged into history as turning out pretty much as forecasters predicted when it comes to the number of storms and their severity. There were anomalies, however. The season started quickly, with a named storm forming within its first week. There was a historic lull in the middle. Then the tropics ramped up to a breakneck speed near the end. Florida didn’t come away unscathed. This year produced one of the deadliest storms in the state’s history — Hurricane Ian. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]

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Florida changemakers: Barbara Brown

Just a two-hour drive from where Barbara Brown grew up, the Space Coast seemed light-years away from the small, rural city of Palatka. But Brown could feel its gravitational pull. “I can remember telling my mother when I was 7 or 8 that NASA needed me,” Brown recalls. Her mother chuckled and said, “NASA needs you, Barbara?” But Brown was insistent that the space agency indeed needed her to help solve hard problems. [Source: Florida Trend]

Opinion: To save the manatees, start acting like them

November is Manatee Awareness Month, and while people from all over the world know a lot about Florida’s famous sea cows, there is a lot about manatees that people don’t know. Manatees don't vote. They don't pollute. I encourage folks who love manatees to embrace their best habits —don’t pollute, don’t litter, don’t recklessly develop the Florida coast.[Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]

The state of hispanic businesses in Central Florida

According to the Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, there are more than 604,000 Hispanic businesses across the state, contributing more than $90 billion to the economy. Luis Nieves-Ruiz is the Director of Economic Development at the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council. WMFE’s Talia Blake caught up with him at his office to talk about the state of Hispanic business in Central Florida. [Source: WMFE]

Florida Everglades home to world’s ‘most dangerous’ tree

When you think of all the dangerous things that reside in Florida, trees probably don’t come to mind, but the state is actually home to the “most dangerous” tree in the world. The manchineel tree (Hippomane mancinella), according to the Guinness World Records, is the world’s most dangerous tree. Located in the Florida Everglades and the Caribbean coast, the manchineel tree should be avoided by anyone that comes near it. [Source: WFLA]


› If a recession hits Florida, Tampa Bay Chamber leaders are ready
Today’s economic climate may be better for small businesses than during the pandemic spring of 2020. But with inflation and interest rates rising, and the threat of a recession looming, it’s still not exactly a time of high cotton. That, said Andy Mayts, is where the Tampa Bay Chamber can help.

› Orange County to convert former Winn-Dixie into multicultural center
The county is nearly completed on the first phase of a new multicultural center using the shell of the building with a new interior buildout and exterior upgrades. The first phase, which consists of building out over 17,688 square feet of space in the 60,000-square-foot building, includes over $8 million of work to the community center with exterior reconstruction of the building.

› ‘Go big or go home.’ This $4 billion development debuts its outdoor museum in Miami
Women draped in white dance around a drum circle alongside the mangroves. Mermaids wave as manatees swim nearby. Stars and leaves swirl through the air. An alligator grins. This magical and surreal version of Miami — a mural by artist Viktor El-Saieh called “I of the Spiral” — overlooks the reality of noisy, dusty construction sites of Miami Worldcenter, a sprawling multi-use complex in the heart of downtown.

› Weeki Wachee springs protection rule shouldn’t be delayed, river advocate argues
Advocates who have fought for six years to reverse the decline of the Weeki Wachee River were dealt a blow earlier this month when officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission decided to delay a decision to enact new protection rules on the river their own staff helped to craft. The agency is, however, poised to give the first designation of a springs protection zone to another location that has not received the same level of public scrutiny.

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