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Florida truck drivers being offered 6-figure wages, bonuses amid shortage

Florida truck drivers are being offered six-figure wages and big bonuses to combat the country’s supply chain shortage. The American Trucking Association said the industry is down about 80,000 drivers. Some companies are offering new drivers up to $110,000 per year and a $15,000 bonus. More from the Orlando Sentinel. and WJXT

Salt Life to open more Florida retail stores

Salt Life, the beach-themed lifestyle brand started in Jacksonville Beach, plans to open three new Florida stores in 2022. Parent company Delta Apparel Inc. announced Oct. 13 it will open stores in Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton and Sarasota. The company also is planning Salt Life stores in Hilton Head, South Carolina, and Foley, Alabama. More from the Jacksonville Daily Record.

Online ordering of medical marijuana is restored by Florida judge

Leafly and similar sites will be able to resume contracting with Florida medical-marijuana operators to allow patients to order products online, under a ruling issued Monday by an administrative law judge. Florida health officials this year stopped medical-marijuana operators from using Leafly and other third-party sites to process patient orders, saying the arrangements violated a state law banning operators from contracting for services “directly related to the cultivation, processing and dispensing” of cannabis. More from the News Service of Florida.

Huge South Florida job fair with thousands of spots open, as 80 companies look to hire  

South Florida employers are slated to hire for some 6,000 positions at a job fair Thursday at FLA Live Arena, formerly the BB&T Center, in Sunrise. The fair, produced by JobNewsUSA with sponsors — and potential employers — including Norwegian Cruise Lines, Cheeca Resort & Spa in Islamorada, Marriott International, Cano Health, Five Guys and American Express, among at least 80 companies on site. More from the Miami Herald.

Orlando offering restaurants financial assistance to open up sidewalk cafés

The Downtown Orlando Community Redevelopment Area, CRA, is now offering grants for restaurants downtown to help encourage them to open outdoor seating. The effort is called the Sidewalk Café Incentive, or SCI, Program and is offering “up to $5,000 or 50% of the total cost of eligible products, whichever is less,” according to the CRA’s website. More from Click Orlando.

Global Ventures accelerates growth of second stage tech companies

Global Ventures is an entrepreneur support initiative for established international and US tech companies ready to scale up to the next level of growth. The initiative seeks to scale-up second-stage companies into profitable and sustainable companies. Second stage companies are those that have achieved approximately $1 million in annual sales and employ at least six people. [Sponsored report].

The Fort Lauderdale boat show is back — with a superyacht extravaganza

 The 62nd annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is opening Wednesday, kicking off a five-day extravaganza that marks the return of a superyacht fleet and a revived convention center space for the masses. A marine industry sales surge has defied the COVID-19 pandemic, remaining remarkably resilient with consumers flocking to buy boats. That trend will be on display in Fort Lauderdale this week.

» More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.


Florida History
100 years later, Tarpon Springs Hurricane reminds Tampa Bay it can happen here

floridaYear after year, hurricane season comes and goes without causing much damage in Tampa Bay. The scientific explanation invokes factors like dominant steering currents. In discussions on social media, some people implore, “Don’t jinx it!” And there are those who wonder if we should credit a long-ago spell by the Tocobaga tribe who once inhabited Safety Harbor. Still, a killer hurricane can hit Tampa Bay. We know this because one did, 100 years ago this month.

» Read more from the Tampa Bay Times.