May 29, 2023

Thursday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

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› Marvel director Sam Raimi coming to MegaCon in Orlando
Director Sam Raimi, who made his name with a cult horror series but is best known for his Marvel film efforts, is coming to MegaCon Orlando. Sam Raimi directed the three Tobey Maguire Spider-Man films in the early 2000s, as well as “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.” MegaCon Orlando is a four-day pop culture convention celebrating science fiction, fantasy, horror, anime, video games, cosplay, comic books and more.

› JEA CEO’s pay rising to $675,000
JEA CEO Jay Stowe will see a nearly $60,000 pay raise in 2023. The board of Jacksonville’s city-owned electric and water utility voted unanimously Jan. 24 to increase Stowe’s total compensation package from $615,731 to $675,000. The board vote directs JEA personnel to draft and execute the amendment to Stowe’s five-year employment contract.

› Miami-Dade’s stray dog problem: full kennels and a plea to keep them in the neighborhood
Miami-Dade County’s animal shelter was so full at the end of last year that even police officers were told not to expect help with stray dogs that they found roaming the streets. “The shelter has reached a critical point in dangerous overpopulation,” Kathleen Labrada, assistant director of Animal Services, wrote in a Dec. 2 email. “The Department is unable to respond to 15’s involving contained stray dogs, whether in a police car or at a station.”

›Tampa election first locally to test new absentee ballot law
Voting by mail has been the most popular way to cast a ballot in Hillsborough County for the last few years, but there’s a new wrinkle for Tampa voters as the March 7 city election approaches. Last year, the Legislature passed Senate Bill 90, signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis in May, which changed some of the rules for absentee voting.

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