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Monday's Afternoon Update

Florida expands COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to everyone 16 and older

Florida has reached a major milestone in the statewide distribution of coronavirus vaccines. Shots are being made available to anyone 16 and older starting Monday. “It looks like we’re going to have about 42,000 available first doses. That’s a lot of availability for those who want to get their vaccine. 9 in addition to that you still have your retail pharmacies, your Publix, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Winn-Dixie,” said Hillsborough health department spokesman Kevin Watler. Watler said people can expect to see longer lines as the new age group arrives for vaccinations. More from WFLA and the Miami Herald.

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» Live updates from Florida’s first day of open vaccine eligibility in Tampa Bay

Florida home businesses bill divides state and local officials

The bill would prevent county and municipal governments from regulating many aspects of businesses that operate inside of a home. Local governments would have to treat home-based businesses the same as they treat traditional businesses in regular commercial or industrial districts. If the bill becomes law, Floridians would be able to open businesses inside their homes, including the kinds that bring customers and shoppers. A coffee shop could open next door, or perhaps a firework shop. More from WLRN.

Sales and Marketing Advice
The stories you tell yourself are as important as the stories you tell others

Why do you work so hard to build your company? Fame, fortune, the fun of it? Or is there something greater driving you? The way you operate and feel about your business is a metaphor for life. Commitment, excitement, discovery, adventure – as well as uncertainty and fear. There’s a good chance you have a gnawing feeling deep inside that even though you’re enjoying the journey and reaping the rewards, or will soon, something is missing. Read Ron Stein's full column here.

Norwegian Cruise Line pitches plan to CDC with required vaccinations to restart sailing

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings announced Monday it plans to require vaccinations for all guests and crew in a letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in which it looks to have the CDC’s conditional sail order lifted and allow the line to start starting in July. The letter follows updated guidance released Friday from the CDC to cruise lines on how to move forward to resume business under its current conditional sail order that has been in place since fall, an order that features 74 points that the lines will have to satisfy before being allowed to sail from U.S. ports with paying customers. More from the Orlando Sentinel.

The free ride is almost over on Miami-Dade Transit with fares returning June 1

Miami-Dade County plans to move buses and Metrorail stations closer to a pre-pandemic routine this summer by lifting the suspension of passenger fares on June 1. Miami-Dade’s transit agency suspended fares early in the COVID-19 pandemic emergency, on March 22, 2020, as a way to keep bus operators isolated from passengers and reduce contact with machinery needed to purchase fare cards and pay for rides. More from the Miami Herald.

Business Profile
Clothing subscription box business goes national

 Before starting Jackie, Amber Duncan had tried other clothing subscription boxes. She never found the right fit. “I didn’t feel like the personal element was there,” she says. “It felt like every box subscription I tried relied more on algorithms than relationships.” The self-described serial entrepreneur even joked with her husband her next business was going to be a clothing subscription box more centered around relationships and boutique brands. Then she decided to go for it.

» More from the Business Observer.


In Memoriam
Bennigan’s. Chili’s. Beef O’Brady’s. St. Petersburg restauranteur dies at 83.

floridaGene Knippers had no college education, but he sealed deals with a handshake and helped spread successful franchises across the country. Places you’ve heard of: Steak and Ale, Bennigan’s, Chili’s, Beef O’Brady’s. On paper, a poor kid from Louisiana had no business becoming a successful restauranteur. But Mr. Knippers worked on people, not paper.

» Read more from the Tampa Bay Times.