Thursday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
Hermine projected to be the first hurricane to make landfall in Florida since 2005
Tropical Storm Hermine strengthened over the Gulf of Mexico early Thursday, and forecasters said they expected it to hit Florida with hurricane-force winds and a dangerous storm surge. If Hermine makes landfall as a category one hurricane, as expected, it will be the first in Florida in 11 years, since Hurricane Wilma struck the sunshine state in 2005. More from ABC News, First Coast News, Florida Today, and see the forecast from the National Hurricane Center.
Florida's shortage of construction workers continues, with 61 percent of contractors saying they're having trouble filling skilled-worker positions, according to a survey released Wednesday by the Associated General Contractors of America. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]
If the first half of 2016 is any indication, Florida will have a great year. The Sunshine State already has solidified a number of business expansions with hundreds of new jobs being created in various sectors. Though not surprisingly, a bulk of the announcements made came from the Aerospace sector. [Source: Business Facilities]
Florida drivers are the worst in the nation, and their blunders regularly go unpunished— but transportation infrastructure statewide is excellent, concluded an assessment of transportation projects across the country. More from the South Florida Business Journal and For Construction Pros.
Florida’s shortened back-to-school holiday this year will still cost the state about $26 million in sales tax revenue, according to a legislative analysis. But having its normal 10-day holiday instead of the three-day break would have cost another $20 million. [Source: PBS]
› TopGolf begins interviewing next week for up to 500 positions in Jacksonville
Hiring has begun this week at TopGolf, the entertainment center that’s near completion alongside Interstate 295 near the St. Johns Town Center. About 500 new positions have been posted online at topgolf.com.careers. It’s expected to open in late October.
› South Florida tech entrepreneurs can compete for $20,000 in financing, services
MIT South Florida is having an entrepreneurial competition for $10,000 in financing, along with $5,000 of legal advice and $5,000 in business consulting services.
› Gainesville Regional Airport bans distribution of local magazines
A recent change in policy means that local periodicals will no longer be displayed in the airport. The decision came after the airport had problems controlling which publications were made available, Gainesville Airport’s Media Specialist Naomi Langley wrote in an email.
› Real estate brokerage punts Michigan, lands in Sarasota
An Ann Arbor, Mich.-based realty firm has relocated to Longboat Key and taken on local partners. McMullen Properties Inc. provides commercial and residential brokerage services and property management.
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