Thursday Afternoon Update – Florida Trend


Florida citrus growers brace for frost fallout

Florida citrus growers are bracing for fallout from a cold spell in January. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity is assessing the impact of recent freezing temperatures on the state’s agricultural industry. The agency is assessing what resources affected businesses may need to recover from the freeze that occurred the last weekend in January. Matt Joyner of Florida Citrus Mutual said it usually takes two to three weeks after a freeze to determine the severity of damage to groves. More WTSP.

Hotel executives meet as ‘Big Resignation’ unfolds ahead of Spring Break

Hotel executives from across the country gathered in Miami to talk about the changes and best practices for dealing with the “Great Resignation” in their industry. A lot has changed in two years. The American Hotel and Lodging Association’s first in-person conference since the pandemic began was held at the Hyatt Regency. It comes as labor turnover tips the industry ahead of what is expected to be a historic travel and tourism season. More NBCMiami.

Orlando construction employment on the rise

Metro Orlando’s construction workforce grew by 4,400 jobs between December 2020 and December 2021, from 83,600 to 88,000, according to The Associated General Contractors of America, based in Arlington, Virginia. Of all Florida metro areas, Orlando saw the biggest gain during this period, while Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach rose 3,300. Orlando Business Journal.

Miami International Boat Show Sales Forecast: $1.3 Billion

The 2022 Discover Boating Miami International Boat Show is expected to generate $1.34 billion in sales as the boating industry gains due to a covid-generated surge in demand for outdoor activities. Florida leads the country by far each year in boat sales revenue. The Miami International Boat Show Feb. 16-20, the world’s largest boat and yacht event, will take place at five venues. More miami today.

Peloton layoffs hit close to home as nearly 60 employees cut at Lakeland

A major restructuring effort underway at Peloton Interactive is being felt locally as 58 people in Lakeland lost their jobs as the company laid off nearly 3,000 of its employees worldwide on February 8. Peloton announced the local layoffs in a letter to the state sent to meet federal law requirements on worker accommodation, retraining and notification. More of the Business Observer.

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Mote’s manatees make their Super Bowl predictions

If you’re one of the 31 million people expected to bet on this weekend’s Super Bowl, you might want to know what the experts are saying. Two reputable local tipsters announced their picks on Tuesday morning. Buffett and Hugh, resident Mote Aquarium manatees, agreed, defying current odds and picking the Cincinnati Bengals to beat the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl 56 on Sunday.

» More WWSB.

Company Profile
Behind the Beans: A Happy Coffee Guy Builds a Grumpy-Run Business

FloridaWhen Brian Abernathy moved to Southwest Florida from the St. Paul-Minneapolis area in 2013, he couldn’t find the type of locally roasted single-origin coffee he enjoyed. Seeing a need, he started thinking about how he could bring high quality coffee to this region. He wanted to keep his full-time job developing and selling software, so he ruled out opening a cafe. But sourcing green beans from around the world, roasting them fresh in Southwest Florida, and then selling them to other coffee lovers would allow him to start on a smaller scale and grow the business in a manageable way. .

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