Tuesday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
‘Where are the workers?’ Despite population boom, employers struggle to hire
Hurricane Ian hasn’t stopped people – or businesses – from moving to Southwest Florida. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity recently released data comparing March of this year to March of 2022. In that timeframe, the labor force in Lee and Collier counties has grown by nearly 19,000 people, and there are more than 14,000 additional jobs between those two counties. And still – there’s more work out there More from WBBH.
NASA’s hurricane-tracking satellites finally make it to orbit after Space Coast failure
A NASA satellite constellation called TROPICS that should give scientists better hurricane information is back on track after a successful liftoff from New Zealand nearly a year after its first two satellites were lost during a Space Coast launch failure. Astra Space suffered a problem with their Rocket 3.3 during a launch from Cape Canaveral last summer, so NASA pivoted to Rocket Lab that decided to line up two launches this May to try to put up the remaining four satellites in the project. More from the Orlando Sentinel.
Wildfire in the Big Cypress National Preserve is nearly 10,000 acres and 5% contained
As dawn broke on Tuesday in the Big Cypress National Preserve, wildfire officials reported the Sandy Fire was 5% contained, the first time in over a week the crews reported progress in stopping any section of the now almost 10,000-acre blaze. Massive plumes of smoke from the fire will continue to make driving along U.S. 41 treacherous between Naples and Miami and fire managers are advising motorists to slow down and take extra caution. U.S. 41 is also known as Old Tamiami Trail in that area. More from WUSF.
More South Florida homeowners are gaining equity in their homes
Homeowners across South Florida are seeing equity gains in their homes, despite the national housing market slowing down. About 65.3% of residential properties with a mortgage in South Florida are considered “equity rich,” in the first quarter of this year, according to a report from ATTOM Data, a provider of nationwide property data. More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Federal agents execute search warrant at JinkoSolar plant in Jacksonville
The federal Homeland Security Investigations executed a search warrant Monday at JinkoSolar on Jacksonville's Westside, a day before City Council is scheduled to vote on taxpayer incentives for expansion of the plant that has made solar panels in Jacksonville since it opened in 2018. Federal authorities did not detail the reason for the search warrant by Homeland Security Investigations, which is the main investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. More from the Florida Times-Union.
Here’s what Orlando’s proposed MLB stadium would look like
Orlando Magic co-founder Pat Williams plans to hold a media conference on Tuesday afternoon to explain details and release renderings of a proposed new domed baseball stadium he hopes will help lure the Tampa Bay Rays or a Major League Baseball expansion franchise to Central Florida. Williams has filed an application with the county’s TDT task force asking for $975 million to pay for a stadium project that will cost an estimated $1.7 billion.
» More from the Orlando Sentinel.
In 2017, Michael Ellison founded CodePath to focus on helping Black, Latino and Indigenous students from low-income and first-generation college backgrounds secure tech careers. Half of the nation's highest-paying jobs require computing degrees, he says. CodePath works as a layer on top of two- and four-year colleges and universities, providing curriculum, professors and student support.
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