Friday afternoon update – Florida Trend

Friday afternoon update – Florida Trend

Florida unemployment claims remain low amid economic concerns

As Florida jobless claims remain relatively low amid inflation and debate over a potential recession, Governor Ron DeSantis is promoting the need for infrastructure projects as protection against an economic slowdown. The U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday estimated that 5,841 first-time jobless claims were filed in Florida during the week ending July 30. This number decreased from a revised tally of 6,901 during the week ending July 23. Nationwide, claims increased by 6,000 last week to a total of 260,000. More from the Florida news service.

Weston Property & Casualty becomes the fifth insurer to go insolvent this year

In another sign of trouble for Florida’s property insurance industry, Coral Gables-based Weston Property & Casualty became the fifth insurer to be declared insolvent in 2022. Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier asked the Rehabilitation Division on Wednesday. and liquidation of the Financial Services Department to initiate insolvency proceedings against the company and prepare to place it in receivership. More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Road less traveled: the tourist campaign traces an unconventional path

Let’s say you have been assigned the task of growing tourism in what is already one of the hottest post-pandemic destinations in the county. How do you market it in a way that has never been done before? How to surprise potential visitors with information they don’t already know? This was the brief given to Clearwater-based FKQ, one of the region’s most revered marketing and advertising agencies, by longtime client Visit Tampa Bay, the destination marketing organization for Tampa and Hillsborough County. More from the Business Observer.

Gainesville Regional Airport operates at prepandemic levels, the data show

Gainesville Regional Airport is finally seeing its normal passenger influx after seeing travelers drop by nearly 95% during the height of the coronavirus pandemic. Data obtained by The Gainesville Sun shows that the number of commercial passengers from April to June this year jumped 784% from flight records in 2020. Even compared to last year’s three-month span, when the crashes were lifted and COVID-19 numbers fluctuated, the airport saw a 91% increase in travel. More from the Gainesville Sun.

SeaWorld, backed by solid finances, seeks to attract more theme park visitors

Orlando-based SeaWorld Entertainment continued to post solid financial results in the last quarter, although some types of theme park participation remain below pre-pandemic levels and operating costs are rising, they said. executives. This quarter marks SeaWorld’s fifth consecutive period of record financial results, CEO Marc Swanson said during an earnings call on Thursday. But the company continues to face delays in international and group participation, rising costs due to inflation and personnel problems. More from the Orlando Sentinel.

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Company Profile
The startup of beverages reinvents the consumption of bottled water

 Disposable plastic water bottles have been cluttering the environment for decades. But what if there was a way to rid the world of these pollutants and also improve the taste of the water? The co-founders of Cirkul, based in Tampa, think they have found the answer. Founded in 2018, their company specializes in reusable water bottles equipped with a unique and innovative aroma cartridge system, which allows the user to change the level of, for example, the aroma of mixed berries in their water.

Read more from the Business Observer.

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