Tuesday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Florida a hot spot for new businesses
Florida is a hot destination for new residents, and business owners are following their lead. A new report from Yelp Economic Average shows that the number of business openings across the country so far this year already is higher than last year, and Florida is one of the leading states at 51,266 new business openings — something experts attribute to a jump in people moving to the Sunshine State. More from the Villages Daily Sun.
A tropical system may impact Florida this weekend
The National Hurricane Center is highlighting an area off the Florida east coast for possible development later this week. A non-tropical low pressure system may form Thursday or Friday offshore in the Atlantic along a weak cold front. Now, there’s a chance that disturbance could take on subtropical characteristics. More from WMFE.
SpaceX aims to knock out Space Coast’s 50th launch of the year tonight
A SpaceX launch from Cape Canaveral would be the 50th of the year for the Space Coast, but it will feature a milestone for the company as well. SpaceX has flown all but three of the Space Coast launches this year with United Launch Alliance sending up two and Relativity Space the only other one. With this mission, it includes 37 from Cape Canaveral and another 10 from Kennedy Space Center including all three human spaceflights to orbit from the U.S. this year as well as three powerhouse Falcon Heavy launches. More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Hillsborough’s sports tourism push carries hefty price tag
Hillsborough County could expand its sports tourism offerings with a pair of new facilities with a combined price tag of more than $123 million, according to preliminary cost estimates. “It’s not cheap,” acknowledged Hillsborough Commission chairperson Ken Hagan. “We don’t have 50 or 60 million dollars laying around for either of these.” More from the Tampa Bay Times.
Show at downtown Jacksonville library looks at what Americans knew about the Holocaust
A new multimedia exhibition at the Main Library in downtown Jacksonville looks at what Americans knew about the Holocaust and what they did about it. Jacksonville is one of 50 libraries across the country chosen to show "Americans and the Holocaust," which features five two-sided panels and several interactive video kiosks. The show was put together by the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., and will be in Jacksonville through Oct. 12. More from the Florida Times-Union.
Out of the Box
World’s oldest cigars, found in an 1857 shipwreck, on display in Tampa
While strolling through Havana in 1857, John Dement did what visitors to Cuba’s capital city still do today — purchased cigars to bring back home. He made it home, but not with the cigars. The ship that Dement was on sank to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, along with more than 30,000 pounds of gold. Nearly 150 years later, treasure hunters ran underwater expeditions to the vessel that became known as the Ship of Gold.
» More from the Tampa Bay Times.
After working as a paramedic for eight years — and dealing with the emotional toll that comes with such a job — Alejandro Guillen was ready for a career change. “But,” he says, “I still had that need, that desire, to help people.” That desire led him to become a utility company lineworker, part of the crew that shows up after a power failure to get the electricity back on. “Fixing someone’s power who hasn't had power for a couple of days, that’s a good feeling,” he says.
» Read more from Florida Trend.
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