April 24, 2024

Thursday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 2/29/2024

Almost 500K residents have departed Florida. How far did they go?

Over a million people moved to Florida from all over the world in 2022, marking a significant increase in immigration from other states and nations. However, the U.S. Census Bureau reports that around 500,000 residents of the state departed for other regions of the nation in that same year. According to the data, the top three destinations were all in the Southeastern United States: North Carolina (No. 3), Texas (No. 2), and Georgia (No. 1), with almost 20 percent of individuals leaving the state going to one of these states. More from Florida Insider and the Business Observer.

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Award-winning veteran journalist, Amy Keller, named as Florida Trend's new Executive Editor

Florida Trend is excited to announce veteran Florida Trend journalist, Amy Keller, has assumed the editorial department's top leadership role of Executive Editor. Keller, most recently serving as Florida Trend's managing editor, joined Florida Trend in 2005 as an associate editor. During her tenure with Florida Trend, she has covered everything from state politics to the legal arena, education, technology and health care. [Source: Florida Trend]

Facts on thrips parvispinus Florida invasive species killing Florida landscapes, crops

A nearly invisible invader from the Asian tropics, the thrips parvispinus, was first noticed in Palm Beach County in 2022 by attentive landscapers on tony Palm Beach Island watching their fragrant gardenias and showy rock trumpets desiccate on their stems. In the rich agricultural soils that grow row crops and commercial ornamental plants, millions of dollars in damage was happening. [Source: Palm Beach Post]

Post-covid, hospitals still battle doctor, nursing shortages

In 2021, research by the Florida Hospital Association and the Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida projected Florida to be short by 17,924 physicians by 2035 if trends continued. Additionally, Florida is projected to face an overall shortage of 59,000 nurses by 2035, according to another association analysis. However, hospitals are facing the shortage from the root and continue to welcome healthcare professionals. [Source: Miami Today]

Florida lawmakers are considering a bill that brings more job opportunities to veterans

The Florida House is considering a bill (HB 1329) that would bring more education and job opportunities to Florida veterans. Miami Republican Rep. Mike Redondo is championing the measure. He said at a State House Affairs Committee that it would bring more resources to the men and women who served in the U.S. armed forces. [Source: WFSU]

ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:

› Port Canaveral plots timeline to take over marina for new cruise terminal
Port Canaveral has six active cruise terminals generating record revenue but plans to build out a seventh mean a tight timeline to find a new home for a popular marina after officials finally identified a target replacement home. What officials are referring to as the future Cruise Terminal 4 would be built on the south side of the port where Bluepoints Marina currently resides, an 11-acre space that would allow for 1,400 feet of waterfront that could accommodate large cruise ships and parking.

› Kforce trimmed 1,600 jobs in challenging year for tech
Kforce Inc. started the new year with a notably slimmed-down workforce after taking steps to cut costs during what CEO Joseph Liberatore called a “more challenging than originally expected” economic environment in 2023. The Tampa technology and professional staffing company has 1,600 fewer associates and consultants than in 2022, according to the latest annual report.

› Major pro wrestling school opens in Florida
Whether you’re a Division I college football star or just a person who watches pro wrestling on television, getting into the industry is not as simple as just showing up. You need training. From taking a punch or bodyslam to giving one, training is key to avoid injury and do it well. In late January, Sam Shaw (who WWE fans know as Dexter Lumis) opened Hatchet Pro Wrestling in St. Augustine.

› Penny for your thoughts? Palm Beach County discusses potential 10-year extension of one-cent sales tax
The penny sales tax in Palm Beach County could be extended for as much as another 10 years as a county ballot approaches in August, but many commissioners are against a renewal. The Palm Beach County Commission met with the county’s League of Cities and mayors from several county municipalities on Tuesday to discuss a potential continuance of the tax.

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