December 9, 2023

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Bear hunts in Florida could be on the table again as interactions with humans increase

It’s been nearly eight years since the last state-sanctioned bear hunt but some think Florida needs to find solutions as encounters between the animals and humans are increasing. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission last approved a bear hunt in 2015, the first in more than two decades. More from the News Service of Florida.

See how Hurricane Idalia shifted shorelines of Pinellas barrier islands

North of touristy Clearwater Beach and west of Dunedin sits a cluster of quiet islands. They are state parks — lacking the accessibility and white sand beaches to the south. Instead, these barrier islands are home to redfish, loggerhead turtles and gulls. Hurricane Idalia’s storm surge widened island passes, thrashed vegetation and displaced nesting wildlife. In exchange, coastal Pinellas — the most densely populated county in Florida with 3,425 people per square mile — was largely protected from the worst of Idalia’s surge. More from the Tampa Bay Times.

Medical marijuana dispensary Planet 13 is coming to Florida

Planet 13 is a multistate cannabis company that opened with a big splash in Las Vegas with the world's largest cannabis dispensary, a 115,000-square-foot entertainment complex with dining, a bar, shops, light-sabre-battling robots and an immersive glass-fronted production facility where customers can watch how their chocolate, gummy and beverage products are made. More from the Gainesville Sun.

Three tourism capital projects recommended for Brevard County grants totaling $1.71 million

A county advisory board has recommended grants for three tourism capital projects next year â?• two in Titusville and one in Palm Bay â?• totaling about $1.71 million. Funding for the grants would come from Brevard County's 5% tourist development tax on hotel rooms, vacation rentals and other short-term rentals. More from Florida Today.

Epcot Food & Wine: What would it cost to eat everything in 2023?

All marketplaces are up and running for the 2023 edition of Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, so it’s time to break out the calculators for an annual tallying. This exercise answers the burning Walt Disney World question “What would it cost me if I ordered one of everything?” It isn’t an inflation gauge or a double-dog-dare-you sort of thing. It’s more of a trivia question. More from the Orlando Sentinel.

Unlocking the genetic secrets of rare childhood diseases

Today, for a person living with a rare disease, it takes an average of six years to receive an accurate diagnosis with more than 40 percent of patients initially being misdiagnosed. The good news is — we are now able to detect rare childhood diseases much more often and reliably than only a few years ago. One reason for that are novel technologies such as rapid whole genome sequencing (rWGS). [ Sponsored report]

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Unite with your Florida business peers, elected officials, education, workforce, and community advocates, October 23-24 in Orlando at the Florida Chamber and Florida Chamber Foundation’s premier annual meeting and Forum. This event will address the Florida 2030 Blueprint’s Six Pillars Framework aimed at ensuring Florida’s businesses, residents, and economy win the Race to 2030 and Beyond.

From haircuts to toothaches, she’s helped see to Tampa’s homeless

As Hurricane Idalia churned up the gulf, Vicki Walker was driving around the streets of Tampa in her bright blue SUV, looking for homeless people to make sure they knew where the shelters were. As minister of outreach at Tampa’s venerable yellow-brick Hyde Park United Methodist Church near downtown, Walker knows their names and calls them friends.

» More from the Tampa Bay Times.


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The partly cloudy state

The Sunshine State nickname is more buzzword than actuality — at least if your business is power generation. Central Florida has 277 days a year — 76% of the calendar — that are cloudy or partly cloudy, notes Linda Ferrone, chief consumer and marketing officer for power provider Orlando Utilities Commission. “It’s the partly cloudy state,” Ferrone says. Among large solar-power producing states, “it’s very unique to Florida. California and Arizona don’t have these challenges.”

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