March 25, 2023

Wednesday's Daily Pulse

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| 11/30/2022

› Statewide law firm announces second merger in two months
A corporate law firm headquartered in West Palm Beach is expanding its reach to Naples after announcing a merger with 27-year-old law firm Grant Fridkin Pearson. The Naples firm will officially merge with Gunster, dubbed Florida’s law firm for business, Jan. 1, 2023. All 12 attorneys and 15 staff members with Grant Fridkin Pearson will join Gunster through the move.

› Hillsborough transit union representatives call for resignation of CEO
The union representing hundreds of employees at Hillsborough County’s transportation agency is demanding the resignation of the CEO as allegations of mismanagement and a poor workplace environment boil. The announcement from ATU Local 1593 comes on the eve of a special board meeting scheduled after it was revealed the agency’s fourth-highest paid staffer was simultaneously working for a Louisiana public transit agency, in violation of both agencies’ employment policies.

› DeSantis presents $5.5M grant for infrastructure expansion
Gov. Ron DeSantis spoke at the Cecil Airport in Jacksonville to deliver grant awards for infrastructure improvement in Duval County. He announced $5.5 million to Jacksonville to link a main rail line north of I-10 to Cecil Commerce Center. DeSantis said usually when he goes somewhere with Sec. Dane Eagle of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, it meant they’d “be bringing gifts.” Typical appearances with infrastructure improvement signange come with awards of funding from the Governor’s Job Growth Grant Fund.

› 'Hectic' sale of live Christmas trees leaves slim pickings in Polk County
Polk County residents headed out shopping on Black Friday trying to secure the most elusive items on their holiday shopping list. If a Christmas tree wasn’t on it, finding one now may be difficult. Local tree farm sellers across Polk County say there’s a widespread shortage of trees that’s making it difficult to secure enough to meet demand.

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