Tuesday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
› Lee Technical Colleges rank second in Florida for post-secondary industry certifications earned by school district
The School District of Lee County is proud to announce that once again the Lee Technical Colleges rank second in Florida for post-secondary industry certifications earned annually by a school district. Fort Myers Technical College, Cape Coral Technical College and the Southwest Florida Public Service Academy awarded 685 Industry Certifications in the 2021-2022 school year and earned $562,326 in performance funds toward program improvement.
› St. Johns River Water Management District reviewing Boeing permit
The St. Johns River Water Management District is reviewing an environmental resource permit application for The Boeing Co.’s proposed component repair, maintenance and warehouse facility at Cecil Airport. The Jacksonville Aviation Authority board voted 7-0 on Sept. 26 to lease property to Scannell Properties to build the $26 million project.
› Florida Christmas tree farm closing after 38 years in business
For more than a generation, the Unicorn Hill Christmas Tree Farm has played host to countless holiday memories. Families select their tree from six different varieties of pine, cut it down and have it strapped to their car’s roof for a ride to its new home. But for those who are accustomed to making that annual stop at any point since 1984, this year will be the last.
› Amid external investigation, HART CEO will stay put
The chief executive of Hillsborough County’s transit agency will continue at the helm while the agency faces an external investigation into allegations of a hostile work environment and the double-dipping of a top staffer who was simultaneously working for a public agency in another state. Chair of the Board of Directors and County Commissioner Pat Kemp introduced a motion to place Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority CEO Adelee Le Grand on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation at a board meeting Monday morning.
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