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In a 'significant step,' Blue Origin is building a second facility on the Space Coast

According to Space Florida, the state’s spaceport authority, the company is moving ahead with a $60 million facility in Exploration Park, the state-run complex near Kennedy Space Center where Blue Origin has already built a more than $200 million rocket factory, set to open early next year. More from the Orlando Sentinel, WKMG, and the Dallas Morning News.

See also:
» Thanks to new funding, Moon Express plans to add dozens of new jobs on the Space Coast
» Harris unveils Blue Origin partnership, while NASA investigates satellite camera problem

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Florida judge blocks medical marijuana license process

In what could be another delay for Florida’s burgeoning medical-marijuana industry, a Tallahassee judge agreed Wednesday to block state health officials from moving forward with the application process for highly sought-after medical marijuana licenses. [Source: CBS Miami]

Florida's poorest zip code is in Tallahassee. For Chamber speaker, it's a rallying cry

As Tallahassee grows, pockets of the city continue to be plagued by poverty. The 32304 zip code that runs from central Tallahassee into northwest Leon County has more residents living in poverty compared to any other zip code in the Sunshine State, according to Florida Chamber of Commerce President Mark Wilson. [Source: Tallahassee Democrat]

See also:
» Report from the Florida Chamber of Commerce Foundation: Less Poverty, More Prosperity - the Florida Fiscal Cliffs Report

“World’s first robotic supermarket” to open in Florida

Takeoff Technologies has announced the launch of its first automated hyperlocal fulfillment centre, referred to as the world’s first robotic supermarket. It is being launched in partnership with Sedano’s Supermarkets which has 34 locations catering to Florida’s booming Hispanic community. See the company news release here (includes video). Also read more at Supply Chain Analysis.

University of Florida Innovation Station in Sarasota continues to exceed goals

UF Sarasota

The University of Florida Innovation Station Sarasota County (UFIS) was established to assist the Sarasota region with economic development based on creating a STEM/Engineering talent pipeline for the area to grow its high-tech economy. Full story here. [Sponsored report]


› Florida Indian gaming revenues grow, but more slowly
Indian gaming in Florida is big and getting bigger, though not as fast as it was a few years ago. Florida remains the No. 3 state in revenues from Indian gaming, with $2.56 billion in 2016, according to an economist who tracks nationwide trends, slot machine-by-slot machine, in tribe-run gaming.

› Warning issued over New Guinea flatworms spotted in Central Florida
First it was pythons, then iguanas -- now, something else is invading the Sunshine State. It's called a New Guinea flatworm, and this creature could make you very sick. The New Guinea flatworm has already made its way into Central Florida.

› Owners of luxe private jets want even bigger planes. That may be good for Miami.
The maker of Learjets plans to build a $100 million maintenance facility at the Opa-locka airport, a nearly 300,000-square-foot operation that Bombardier predicts will be the busiest in its global network of repair shops for the increasingly larger planes owned by the ultra wealthy and Fortune 500 corporations.

› Florida Blue to offer free flu shots every Thursday in October
Florida Blue is teaming up with Walgreens to offer free flu shots every Thursday during the month of October. The flu shots will be available at its Florida Blue Centers from 10 a.m. to noon on Oct 4, Oct. 11, Oct. 18 and Oct. 25.

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› Some eastern Florida beaches remain shut as red tide lingers
A rare outbreak of red tide along Florida’s Atlantic Coast is keeping beaches closed. Palm Beach County officials said Wednesday that beaches will remain closed until Friday. At least six beaches have been closed since the weekend and had been expected to reopen Wednesday.

› Fired for missing work to observe his religion, Orlando man asks U.S. Supreme Court for help
In 2011, Darrell Patterson was fired from his job at an Orlando Walgreen’s Customer Care Center for missing work on a Saturday. Patterson is a Seventh-day Adventist, a Protestant Christian denomination that observes Saturday, the seventh day of the week, as the Sabbath.

› FEMA Faulted for Oversight of Debris Removal After Irma
The Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General released a management alert Tuesday saying auditors observed "virtually no debris oversight in Florida," limited monitoring in Georgia and overstated debris loads in both states.

› Brooksville council moves torward ban on medical marijuana dispensaries
City councilors briskly approved the first reading of a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries in Brooksville at a meeting this week, joining a wave of communities pushing back against Florida's legalization of the drug for medical use.