Florida hospitals struggle to retain enough nurses
Hospitals around the country need more nurses, including here in Florida, which has the most per capita hospitalizations for COVID-19 in the country and spiking COVID-19 numbers. "Because there's been a demand for nurses, we're all getting offers from agencies from around the country, from different hospitals in South Florida and throughout Florida with offers for double, sometimes triple your salary," said Betsy Marville. She worries that nurses won’t come back to some of their previous jobs, as opposed to seasonal travel jobs of years past. More from WLRN and WFTS.
Goliath grouper fishing may be allowed in Florida again after 30-year ban
Until 2018, goliath groupers were classified as critically endangered throughout their range, in tropical and subtropical Atlantic waters, in large part because of overfishing. In Florida, where they’re mainly concentrated on reefs around the southern coast, fishing for the species hasn’t been allowed since 1990. Nonetheless, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), which regulates hunting and fishing in the state, announced in May that it’s considering lifting the ban. More from National Geographic.
Orlando Creative Village developers unveil $250M in construction for 2022
Ustler Development and The Allen Morris Company has revealed plans for another luxury apartment tower, an office building and a hotel as the next wave of projects move forward in downtown Orlando’s Creative Village, according to a report in GrowthSpotter. Allen Morris was serving as a panelist last week during a market update for the Commercial Real Estate Development Association when he casually mentioned that he and Craig Ustler have $250 million of new construction in the pipeline for the mixed-use district. More from the Orlando Sentinel.
Some face mask policies are changing at Tampa Bay entertainment venues
In light of new federal health guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that suggest some vaccinated people should resume wearing masks indoors, local attractions and museums are revisiting their policies on face coverings. Many are simply encouraging all to wear face masks because of the new CDC recommendations, but some are going to require them indoors. More from the Tampa Bay Times.
Former Google exec named to Hertz board
Hertz Global Holdings, about a month after emerging from bankruptcy, has named former Google executive Jennifer Feikin to its board. Feikin conceived of the idea for Google Video in the mid-2000s and both helped drive its product development strategy and led its content team, according to a statement. She also negotiated many of the company's first and largest search and advertising deals. More from the Business Observer.
Orlando artist’s mammoth sculpture has Jacksonville abuzz
Orlando artist Jefrë Manuel has been chosen to design a 151-foot-tall sculpture for Jacksonville as part of a project redeveloping the city’s waterfront in a decision not without controversy. Jefrë is a specialist in large-scale public works, and his sculptures can be seen from Miami to Manila, San Antonio to Abu Dhabi. Locally, “The Beacon” and “The Code Wall” are on view at Lake Nona Town Center.
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The 15 biggest comedians coming to Florida in August and September
We’re living in a golden age of stand-up comedy where at any given moment, you can pull up a killer Netflix special. And after a long hiatus from live shows for many during the pandemic, star comedians are hitting the road again with plenty visiting Florida.
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