May 22, 2024

Tuesday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

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National Hurricane Center to start using new 'cone of uncertainty'

The official start of the 2024 Atlantic hurricane season is just over a month away, 40 days if you're counting. Forecasters have been warning this season is expected to be "explosive," "extremely active," or "hyperactive." To help residents in the event of an impending storm, the National Hurricane Center will be implementing several changes for the 2024 season, including a change to the"cone of uncertainty.” [Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune]

Florida plans $850 million in Everglades restoration projects in next year

Florida officials and environmental advocates on Monday touted major progress toward Everglades restoration, which has been advanced by dozens of state-funded projects. The state has pumped billions of dollars into the effort, as the gusher of tax money flowing into state government in recent years has helped fund a flow of money toward restoration work. And more is coming, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday at an appearance in West Palm Beach. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]

What next for Florida insurance rates?

Storm clouds are likely to gather in the Atlantic more often than usual this year, which could bump up reinsurance rates in Florida but whether that sends a lightning bolt through them or not depends on several things. Reinsurers seem to be taking in stride the prospect of a busy hurricane season. [Source: Insurance Business Magazine]

Florida gas prices soar, setting new high for 2024

Gas prices have reached a new high for the year. Prices jumped $.13 in the past week. According to AAA, the prices dropped $.06 over the weekend, but things are still steeply priced at the pump. Leaders with the auto club say the average price for a gallon of gas in Florida is $3.58. [Source: WFLA]

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Latest results show 56.3% of Florida law students who took bar exam passed

Just over half of the Florida law students who took the most recent bar examination this year passed the test. The Florida Board of Bar Examiners this month released the results of some 593 people who took the exam for the first time Feb. 27 and 28 in Tampa. The Bar Exam is a tough test as only 56.3% — or 334 people — passed. [Source: Florida Politics]


› Mark Cuban Foundation to bring AI bootcamp to Fort Lauderdale
The Mark Cuban Foundation and Boca Raton-based ODP Corp. are bringing a free artificial intelligence bootcamp to high school students in Fort Lauderdale. The course will train ninth to 12th-grade students in technology like generative AI, which can automatically generate content like text and images in response to prompts. The goal is to inspire and prepare teenagers for future careers in computer science and AI.

› Project could be the biggest multi-family development in Sanford’s history
Central Florida is growing by leaps and bounds, and with that, so is the need for housing. The City of Sanford is one area seeing significant growth. A new project called Tuscany Village could be the biggest multi-family development in Sanford’s history. Developers are looking to build a massive 4-story, 420-unit rental complex.

› Full circle moment for Johanna Mikkola, the new CEO for Tech Equity Miami
Tech Equity Miami, the nonprofit collective of social investors backing the programs that most efficiently expand upward mobility in Miami-Dade County, has a new CEO at the helm. She is familiar to most everyone in Miami’s tech community: Johanna Mikkola. Mikkola and her husband, Juha, co-founded Wyncode, a pioneering tech bootcamp, in Miami’s Wynwood in 2014.

› Fraud complaints surge in Orlando. Here's how it compares to other cities.
A new report shows the City Beautiful punches above its weight as far as financial fraud complaints are concerned. The report by USA Today Blueprint found Orlando was the No. 9 city with the most financial fraud complaints in the U.S. Per the report, the city has seen a 112% increase in overall fraud over the past four years — in addition to a 121% credit card fraud increase.

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