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Climate change could bring stronger, earlier hurricanes, study finds. What about in Florida?

The Earth’s atmosphere is hotter than it was just a few decades ago, and scientists are starting to grapple with how hurricanes and storms have already changed in the warmer world — and how they might continue to change in the future. The latest research paper to tackle the issue suggests that climate change may be why stronger hurricanes are forming ”significantly” earlier in the season. It also finds, however, that the impact seems less apparent in the Atlantic Ocean basin, the breeding ground for hurricanes that threaten Florida and the rest of the United States coastline. More from the Miami Herald.

Survey: Jacksonville manufacturing still contracting, but improving

A monthly survey of Jacksonville manufacturers by the University of North Florida’s Local Economic Indicators Project showed a slight improvement in sentiment, but an economy that is still contracting. UNF’s Jacksonville Economic Monitoring Survey of Northeast Florida manufacturing companies found eight of 12 indicators contracting in September for the second straight month. More from the Jacksonville Daily Record.

After cap lifted, North Miami to get $4 million more a year for economic development

North Miami will have nearly $4 million more a year to spend on its economic-development arm after striking a deal with Miami-Dade County to loosen a cap on how much property tax the agency can keep. The deal, approved earlier this month, means a significant cash boost for the North Miami Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), which city commissioners control. More from the Miami Herald.

DOT briefs Orlando officials on SunRail, proposed extension to Orlando International Airport

A plan to extend the region’s commuter rail to Orlando International Airport projects to have strong ridership, and a hefty price tag, Florida Department of Transportation officials said Monday. Three DOT representatives briefed Orlando City Commissioners Monday on the status of the SunRail train as well as the proposed Sunshine Corridor, which would extend a rail line from Orlando International Airport to near the Orange County Convention Center and onto the southern portion of International Drive near Disney Springs, connecting with the existing north-south route. More from the Orlando Sentinel.

St. Petersburg will fund bus rides for low-income residents

Low-income St. Petersburg residents who don’t have access to cars will be able to take public transit for free throughout Pinellas County starting next month. Last week, the St. Petersburg City Council unanimously approved $175,000 in city funding for the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority. The money will go toward the transit authority’s Transportation Disadvantaged program, which provides reduced-cost services for residents who don’t have other options to get to work, medical appointments or other essential destinations. More from the Tampa Bay Times.

Behind the Scenes
See how four Miami creatives have made their path in the production industry

Rory Lee and Nicole Perry stumbled into their professions by accident. Lee realized she belonged in the world of makeup while helping out friends and family, and Perry discovered intimacy coordination while doing choreography for a high school play. On the other hand, Chris Herman and Francisco Aguila knew what they were getting into. Herman bought a commercial agency with his father, and Aguila had practiced photography for years before deciding to buy a cinema robot. Explore four different aspects of the production scene in Miami – from makeup to intimacy coordination and commercials to theater.

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Making connections

Robert Morcos' company designs and customizes smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices to serve the needs of a range of industries. Morcos' advice to entrepreneurs: "You need a great team. Make sure they're a lot better than you at what they're supposed to do for the organization. They have to be mentally tough because nothing about being an entrepreneur and running a business is easy."

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