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The online food delivery service UberEATS is coming to Tallahassee Thursday. That’s a spin off from the popular ride-sharing company. Beginning at 11 am, customers will be able to summon meals from local restaurants at the touch of a button. 

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Lawmakers are looking to the hospitality industry for help reaching the state’s new goal of making Florida the most military friendly state. A bill would require hotels to bend rules for military members who otherwise wouldn’t be old enough to book a room.

Rep. Bill Hager (R-Delray Beach) says his bill shows members of the military Florida supports them.

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The main group that helps represent and promote Florida’s biggest money-making industry is the latest to endorse Governor Rick Scott.

The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association made the announcement at the group’s summit Wednesday in Tampa. And, Governor Scott says he couldn’t be happier.

“Very appreciative of y’all’s endorsement. I’m going to continue to work every day to…hopefully this year, we’ll have 100 million tourists, and next year, we’ll keep growing every year over the next four and half years,” said Scott.

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Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association officials say they’re reviewing a bill which would raise the minimum wage for all employees in the state to $10.10 an hour.

In 2005, Florida raised its state minimum wage to $6.15 an hour. But since 2008, the federal minimum wage has exceeded Florida’s rate, meaning the law applies mostly to those workers who survive on tips.

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Florida officials are launching a new effort to teach Florida businesses how to prevent human trafficking in their industry. The initiative spearheaded by Attorney General Pam Bondi targets industries typically associated with the practice, like the hotel and agriculture industries.

Bondi has made ending human trafficking in Florida a major priority. She says the state should have a zero-tolerance policy for what’s called modern-day slavery.

The state of Florida could allow counties and cities to ban smoking in beaches, parks and other public areas, if a bill passes the Legislature. The measure unanimously passed its first committee stop on Thursday.

Health advocacy groups, the Florida League of Cities, and others support giving local governments the option to keep smoke out of public places. Sen. Eleanor Sobel (D-Hollywood) said, keeping cigarettes off public beaches should cut down on cities’ maintenance costs.

The early legislative session has left many Tallahassee eateries hungry for springtime customers.  Tom Flanigan reports nearly two-dozen local restaurants are offering special deals starting this Thursday to lure more diners into their establishments…

Many people in Florida’s Capital City didn’t seem to mind that state lawmakers were in town two months early because of redistricting this year.  But Visit Tallahassee head Lee Daniel says the time shift left the local hospitality industry with a bleak springtime outlook…