Job search requirements resume for jobless claims in Florida
The clock is ticking for all those who collect unemployment: soon you will be forced to look for work to keep your benefits. And while companies say they have a hard time hiring because no one wants to work, in reality, the unemployed say the job market is not as great as it looks. A lot of people say it’s a losing situation. More than WINK Newsand NBC-2.
As pandemic eases, DeSantis in Florida takes national stage
As Florida Governor Ron DeSantis struggled to contain the coronavirus pandemic, Democrats prepared to pounce. The state’s economy was in tatters, infections and deaths were on the rise, and there were doubts about the Republican’s plan to pull Florida out of the crisis. Now that the pandemic appears to be abating and DeSantis is heading towards his re-election campaign next year, he has emerged from political uncertainty as one of the most important Republican governors and one of the first favorites in the country. White House in 2024 among the acolytes of Donald Trump, if the former president no longer shows up. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]
Manatees are dying en masse this year. The dead could be trouble for Florida
Despite their stout bodies and inherent softness, Florida manatees are survivors. When power stations began to appear along Florida’s east and west coasts, manatees learned to follow the flow of unusually warm water for the season. As boats with sharp engines flooded their habitats more and more, they either learned to live with debilitating injuries or tried to do so. And when their favorite food source began to disappear when toxic algae infested the water, they learned to eat less, often to the detriment of their health. Their gentle nature hides a deceptive resilience. As un-athletic as they may seem – they tip the scales at about a half a ton – they’re built to last. But how much more can a species take? [Source: CNN]
Battle for the seas: cruise lines prepare to sail, but clash with DeSantis looms
The restart of the Florida cruise could have gone smoothly. After a suspension of more than a year, all major cruise lines could have gotten ready for trips out of Florida ports this summer with 95% of passengers and crew vaccinated. Instead, uncertainty reigns, thanks to DeSantis’ decision to file a lawsuit against the power of the CDC to dictate how and whether cruise ships can operate in the state. The two sides have been ordered to mediate, but legal experts say the dispute could linger long after the summer. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]
Florida Toll Roads Announce Partnership with E-ZPass, Used in 18 States
The Florida Toll Authority is offering a new transponder compatible with the E-ZPass toll system used in 19 east coast states, including New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts. The new transponder, called SunPass PRO, will allow drivers in Florida to use a single device to process tolls all the way to Maine and as far west as Illinois. Current SunPass transponders are only accepted in Georgia and North Carolina. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]
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›As hurricane season approaches, FPL urges Floridians to prepare
Florida Power and Light Company is gearing up for another potentially active hurricane season and urging Floridians to prepare as well. The Juno Beach power company prepared for the coming season by conducting an intensive week-long annual exercise involving more than 3,000 employees in May. This year’s “dry run” tested employee response to a simulated two-landing hurricane with Gulf Power, which serves northwest Florida and is part of FPL. The couple worked together on four named storms last year.
›PPP Loans Help Local Community Bank Named First in Florida
American Banker Magazine named First Citrus Bank Bancorporation as Florida’s Best Performing Community Bank, in part because of the strength of its PPP loan management. The magazine based its ranking on the three-year return on average capital of publicly traded community banks, according to a statement from the bank. Tampa-based First Citrus was aided by its performance in administering loans under the Small Business Administration’s Payroll Protection Program.
›Melbourne airport changes name after settling dispute with Orlando airport
The Orlando Melbourne International Airport changed its name on Friday, settling a year-long fight with the larger Orlando International Airport to use the term “Orlando” in its branding strategy. It will now be known as Melbourne Orlando International Airport after a resolution between its operator, the Melbourne Airport Authority, and the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, which governs MCO.
›Saint Petersburg business leaders urge Kriseman to continue working with Rays
City business leaders sent a letter to Mayor Rick Kriseman imploring him to return to work with the Tampa Bay Rays on a stadium deal that would keep the team in Sunshine City – despite the legal battle between a group minority team owners and primary owner Stu Sternberg.
the Cade Innovation Prize 2021 award $ 50,000 to entrepreneurs, inventors and researchers of pre-seed and start-up companies in Florida, Alabama and Georgia who have an original idea with significant market potential. Registrations are accepted from June 1 to August 2, 2021 in the following categories: agriculture / environment, health / bio, IT / technology, energy and Wild Card. Applications will open at cademuseum.org/cadeprize. The winners will be announced at the Cade awards ceremony on September 29.
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