March 25, 2023

Friday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 12/9/2022

› St. Petersburg sales consulting firm acquired for $7.5 million
Harte Hanks Inc. (NASDAQ: HHS), a global customer experience company based in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, has acquired InsideOut Solutions LLC, a St. Petersburg-based sales consulting and optimization firm, for $7.5 million. Founded in 2015 by Chad Nuss, a serial entrepreneur, and his business partner, Christina Cherry, who served as the company’s CEO, InsideOut specializes in inbound and outbound sales outsourcing and experimentation services for clients around the world, including Google, IBM, Paychex, T-Mobile and Autodesk.

› Jacksonville hospital grades: 7 A's, 6 B's and a C
Half of the 14 full-service hospitals in the Jacksonville area received top marks in a national health care watchdog organization’s latest patient-safety survey. Ascension St. Vincent's Southside, Baptist Medical Center, Baptist Medical Center South, Baptist Medical Center Beaches, Baptist Medical Center Nassau, Flagler Hospital and Mayo Clinic each received "A" grades from The Leapfrog Group for fall 2022.

› Scandinavian discount airline starts direct flights from Fort Lauderdale to Berlin
Norwegian discount airline Norse Atlantic Airways took off on Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport’s first direct flight to Berlin, Germany, on Wednesday. The new service will connect South Florida to the German capital three times a week, with flights on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The Berlin flight adds to Norse’s twice weekly flights from Fort Lauderdale to Oslo, Norway, which began in June.

› Senate votes to ban cub petting with bill pushed by Tampa’s Carole Baskin
In their years of animal welfare work, Carole and Howard Baskin of Tampa’s Big Cat Rescue found that most customers who paid to cuddle with tiger cubs at zoos never knew the misery they were creating. Owners of pay-to-play businesses pulled cubs from their mothers after birth, forced them to interact with the public and often confined them to tiny concrete cages when they got too large to handle.

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