May 20, 2024

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| 5/10/2024

Florida jobless claims dip

Florida last week saw a drop in first-time unemployment claims, though company notices filed with the state show some workers face layoffs. The U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday released a report that estimated 5,680 unemployment applications were filed in Florida during the week that ended May 4, down from a revised count of 5,989 during the week that ended April 27 and the lowest for a week since the end of March. More from the News Service of Florida.

Engineering change: Female engineers rise to top posts in Jacksonville

Men still greatly outnumber women in the engineering field, but as more women choose engineering for their degrees, the rise of female engineers to top leadership positions in Jacksonville shows how the profession is gradually changing. That kind of career advancement can help convince women who have the skills to be engineers that they can select it as their major in college, said Hemani Kaushal, an assistant professor in electrical engineering at UNF. More from the Florida Times-Union.

Mortgage investor moves HQ to Tampa from New Jersey

Roemanu, which originates and invests in business purpose mortgages in the U.S. and U.K., will have its joint headquarters with a subsidiary in the city while keeping a presence in New Jersey. The company and its subsidiary Toorak Capital Partners have taken space on the sixth floor of the Thousand & One tower in the Water Street Tampa development. More from the Business Observer and Tampa Bay Business and Wealth.

Port Canaveral adjusts plan so new terminal will be ready in 2026

Port Canaveral officials revealed Thursday a plan to turn an existing cargo berth into a new cruise terminal in 2026 that can handle the largest cruise ships in the world. “The need now for our cruise partners is immediate,” said port CEO Capt. John Murray. “We have a point now where we’re starting to turn business away from Port Canaveral.” More from the Orlando Sentinel and Florida Today.

Miami gave Arsht Center a digital billboard permit. County wants it revoked ‘immediately’

Miami-Dade’s mayor intervened this week over jumbo digital billboards that the county’s Adrienne Arsht Center for Performing Arts asked to build in downtown Miami. The city issued a permit two weeks ago allowing a billboard company to construct new digital advertising that would stand 100 feet tall outside the privately run county facility off of Interstate 395. Neighbors in nearby condo towers are fighting the sign plans. More from the Miami Herald.

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50 years of innovation: Reflecting on a half century of Florida Studio Theatre

Those who were around Sarasota in 1973 when Florida Studio Theatre began then left town for a while probably wouldn’t recognize the place today. The company was started by Jon Spelman to present theater in nursing homes, prisons and migrant farms – anywhere there were people who might never buy a ticket.

» Read more from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

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