June 5, 2023

Thursday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 2/2/2023

› ‘We continue to invest in the campus,’ Johnson & Johnson Vision executive says
Johnson & Johnson Vision faced challenges in 2022, including supply issues that limited growth in sales of its Acuvue-brand contact lens. However, the Jacksonville-based subsidiary of the medical products giant still increased contact lens revenue by 9.6% last year, excluding the impact of currency fluctuations on international sales. “We’re a growth engine for J&J,” said Peter Menziuso, company group chairman of Johnson & Johnson Vision, in a Jan. 31 interview at the company’s Southside campus.

› Hollerbach’s team launches weed-themed Sanford eatery ‘The Joint’
The team behind the popular Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Café is launching a new eatery with a weed culture theme inside a downtown Sanford bar and live music venue. The Joint at West End is testing out the menu on regulars and has a soft opening planned for Super Bowl Sunday inside West End Trading Co. in Sanford, Hollerbach’s CEO Christina Hollerbach said. As for its name, Hollerbach believes The Joint fits the vibe of West End, where she said there are reggae concerts. The name and theme are also a play on words, due to the “joint venture” with West End.

› University of Miami, Miami Beach struggle hunting pollution source
Ultra-high pollution in Parkview Island Canal, “a canal within a canal, within a bay,” is associated with freshwater that floats on the surface, entering during storms through the area’s stormwater system and containing animal and human feces, a University of Miami study has found. Enterococci – the bacteria found in the samples carrying concentrations of human and animal fecal waste – was said to come from a combination of “a whole ecosystem of animals,” human waste, and leaking garbage bins.

› Feeding Tampa Bay breaks ground at site of new service center
A new facility to help tackle food insecurity in the Tampa Bay region is one step closer to becoming a reality. During a ceremony on Wednesday, Feeding Tampa Bay broke ground on its new service center that will be built off of Causeway Boulevard in Tampa. The 217,000 square foot center will double the organization’s ability to provide fresh produce and perishable goods to the more than one million people struggling with food insecurity in the region, while also reducing meal costs by about 25%.

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