Researchers: Florida omicron cases may peak soon, but not before infecting majority of state
Florida’s Omicron cases are likely to peak this week if they haven’t already, according to a report released by the University of Florida. Once the omicron recedes, researchers expect low cases of COVID-19 for a few months, barring a more infectious variant. There are many floating variants out there, but only a few have the ability to spread throughout the population. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]
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Florida Icon: Christopher Still
The painter and native of Florida tells us, “Our first home was in a grapefruit orchard. Then when we moved from there to Tallahassee, we lived in a building near a stream and some woods, where I was exploring and catching newts under the rocks. . When we returned to Largo, the grove was gone, developed. When we got back to Tallahassee, the stream was gone. A shopping center was above. ” [Source: Florida Trend]
Florida recorded most lightning deaths in 2021, all along the Gulf Coast
As is often the case, Florida recorded more lightning deaths than any other state in 2021. What’s different this year is a surprising drop in the number of deaths nationwide, may -be due to training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and a slow decline in the number. agricultural workers, according to the authorities. In the United States, only 11 people died from lightning strikes last year, the lowest number since 17 deaths recorded in 2020 and only a third of the 15-year average of 36 deaths per year. More information on the Tampa Bay Times and the Orlando Sentinel.
Florida has a big decision to make on luck to catch a really big fish
The public has two chances this week to comment on a proposal to open the goliath grouper for harvest for the first time in over 30 years. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission could give final approval in March to a plan that would catch up to 200 goliath groupers each year. Permits that could cost $ 500 would be awarded by lot. Each person could only catch one of the huge fish, which can be over 8 feet long and weigh 800 pounds. [Source: WLRN]
Not ‘lost in space’: legislation seeks to boost Florida for launch activities
What if a company could launch a rocket into space from Florida and pay no sales tax on the rocket, its payload, fuel, or even the concrete, steel, and equipment needed to create the ramp. launch? This would be the reality if lawmakers in this session approved the legislation of Senator Tom Wright and Representative Tyler Sirois (SB 1466, HB 65). [Source: Florida Politics]
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›This major event in the television industry was to take place in Miami Beach. COVID stopped him
If you were intending to attend the National Association of Television Program Executives, commonly known as NATPE, make other plans. The annual meeting, which brings together TV executives, actors, content producers, distributors, streamers in one place, has been canceled due to the increase in COVID cases. Around 2,500 participants were expected from January 18 to 20 at the Fontainebleau. Miami Beach has been the hotspot since 2010 after moving from Las Vegas.
›In Tampa Bay, these“ best jobs ”pay as well as anywhere in America
Are you an actuary? A credit counselor? A sound engineering technician? If so, Tampa Bay isn’t a bad place to live. Those three careers were all in US News and World Report’s annual “Best Jobs” survey for 2022, and Tampa Bay is among the best-paying metropolitan areas for each.
›The next CEO of Darden Restaurants does not expect many changes
Darden Restaurants’ next CEO, Rick Cardenas, doesn’t expect much after taking the helm in May of the company that owns Olive Garden and LongHorn Steakhouse. Cardenas, the current president and chief operating officer of the Orlando-based company, commented on the transition at a virtual ICR conference. Darden CEO Gene Lee is retiring in May.
›JEA’s new headquarters is slated for completion in September 2022 in downtown Jacksonville
Construction of the new JEA Headquarters office tower and parking garage is nearing final stages in downtown Jacksonville. Two years after its start, the multi-million dollar project is slated for completion in September 2022, Karen McAllister, JEA media relations manager, told The Times-Union.
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