Tuesday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
No Amazon HQ2 for South Florida; e-commerce giant chooses NYC and Arlington, Va. plus Nashville.
South Florida is not Amazon’s choice — for now. Amazon has chosen to split its second headquarters operation between New York City and Arlington, Va., Amazon said Tuesday. The decision will bring 50,000 jobs and billions of dollars in investments. See the full announcement here and read more from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Jeff Vinik’s Embarc Collective, a hothouse for tech innovation, seeks startups
Think of Embarc Collective, the planned innovation hub backed by Jeff Vinik, as a hothouse for young tech companies. But the collective, which opened its application process today and plans to open its doors next March, is not a co-working space or startup accelerator or incubator looking to turn a profit by betting on startups. More from the Tampa Bay Times.
Pot on the go: Central Florida's first drive-thru dispensary opens in East Orlando
Medical marijuana company Curaleaf is opening the region’s first drive-thru dispensary in East Orlando this week. It will be the second drive-thru dispensary in the state for Curaleaf. Customers can either phone in orders or place them online. More from the Orlando Sentinel.
Can Miamians beat last year’s $10 million record for charity on Give Miami Day?
Nearly 760 organizations are gearing up for what organizers say is the most successful fund-raising day in Miami-Dade County— Give Miami Day. Considered one of the biggest annual giving events in the Southeast United States, the event, hosted by the Miami Foundation, will try to beat last year’s record of $10.1 million for 758 non-profits. More from the Miami Herald.
Allegiant adding 9 new routes to Sarasota-Bradenton airport
Allegiant Air has announced nine new destinations out of Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, a major service expansion for the carrier that began flying to the airport seven months ago. Flights will operate on a year-round, bi-weekly basis. More from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
JM Family Enterprises, Inc.: History, Legacy and Future
When Jim Moran first met executives from a little-known import auto maker Toyota in 1968, he already was a highly successful car dealer. Back in his early days in Chicago, he pioneered the use of a brand new advertising medium — television — to become one of the nation's largest car dealers. His innovations even had earned Moran a cover of TIME magazine. Story here. [Sponsored report]]
As kiteboarding grows in popularity, Miami Beach proposes rules to regulate the sport
On a windy October afternoon, a half-dozen kiteboarders skimmed the waves off Miami Beach, pulled along the water by brightly colored kites. The sport has grown increasingly popular on the island in recent years, but hasn’t been subject to many rules. That has led to tensions between kiteboarders and residents who live near a popular launch spot.
» More from the Miami Herald.
4ocean unveils one-of-a-kind 135-foot Ocean Plastic Recovery Vessel
4ocean, an ocean cleanup company headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida, will unveil their new Ocean Plastic Recovery Vessel, a 135-foot vessel outfitted with 48,000 gallon fuel tanks, 30,000 gallon water tanks and 14 cabins. The OPR Vessel will assist in the gathering of plastic and trash at domestic and international locations by targeting local and land-based coastline issues and tackling coastline plastics, containing them, collecting them, and reclaiming large-scale debris fields in the waterways.
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