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Florida cruise industry getting ready to set sail

Fresh off a legal victory in federal court on Friday, Gov. Ron DeSantis took a moment during a Jacksonville news conference to talk about the ruling in favor of Florida’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction against the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The ruling means that on July 18th, the agency’s conditional sailing orders will become non-binding guidelines for Florida ships. The CDC has until July 2 to propose a narrower set of guidelines to safeguard the public’s health. More from WFTV.

Jacksonville City Council to consider incentives for 673 fintech jobs

An unidentified financial technology company, referred to as Project End Game, proposes to expand into Jacksonville and create 673 full-time jobs by year-end 2024 at an average wage of $97,000. The company seeks $4.523 million in city and state grants. It is considering coming to the Jacksonville area and to partner with an existing company that has invested in its development. More from the Jacksonville Daily Record .

Orange County pet store owners protest proposed sales ban, say it will cost jobs

Pet shop owners and their employees, literally armed with puppies, appealed Monday to Orange County commissioners to reject an ordinance that would ban stores here from selling puppies, kittens and bunnies — and most likely put the shops out of business. Trevor Elizabeth Davies, owner of Petland Orlando South near Orlando International Airport, said their nearly quarter-century record of operation should prove they care not only about the animals they sell but also the customers who buy them. More from the Orlando Sentinel.

Dozens of Miami-Dade locals are training for $100,000+ data science jobs, thanks to SoftBank

SoftBank Group International, the Miami-based arm of the global venture giant, along with Miami-Dade County, the city of Miami, and other regional partners announced Monday they are sponsoring approximately three dozen Miami-Dade residents in a data science training course that aims to increase skills and advance the careers of young adults from under-represented backgrounds. More from the Miami Herald.

Babcock Ranch moving indoors to grow fresh produce and eco-friendly farming in Southwest Florida

Finn Farm at Babcock Ranch could be changing the game for fresh produce in Southwest Florida. Their facility is completely indoors and promises year-round vegetables. It’s the first of its kind in Florida and the hope is that it’s a way around the problems the humidity and heat cause for traditional farmers in our area. More from WFTX.

The Harlem Globetrotters bring basketball moves to Orlando with new show

 The Harlem Globetrotters, famous for their family-friendly entertainment and basketball skills, will be trotting around the United States on their newly imagined “Spread Game Tour,” stopping in Orlando this summer. The team of basketball players is set to perform with basketball spinning, juggling, dunking and more at UCF’s Addition Financial Arena on July 23.

» More from the Orlando Sentinel.


Business Profile
Kombucha tap room brews a unique business model

floridaBest friends Phil Smith, Daniel Andresen and Bryan Griffin opened Flower Crown Kombucha in Tampa Heights earlier this year. Smith has been brewing kombucha for years, but starting his own business was his area. Hard work and good friends helped him put the region’s first kombucha brewery and tap room on the map.

» Read more from Bay News 9.