Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried says hemp farming in the Panhandle could bring relief from the billion and a half dollar hit to the region’s timber industry. She joined WFSU’s special Perspectives program this week, broadcast from Mexico Beach, on the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Michael that left millions of acres damaged.
Following Hurricane Michael’s destructive path through Florida’s panhandle, headlines painted a grim future for timber, a major industry in the region. The losses were huge – valued at $1.3 billion. Yet not all was lost, as some lumber and paper mills in the region are still going strong.
Following California’s lead, Florida recently became the second state to introduce legislation pushing to allow collegiate athletes to profit from their name and likeness. Ryan Dailey spoke with House Minority Leader Kionne McGhee, who filed a bill to do just that – and it’s got the attention of much of the sports world.
October is National Cyber Security Awareness month and it comes in the wake of attacks on local and state governments that have cost millions to fix. Now business and state leaders are urging Floridians to get smart about their online protection.
E-scooters will keep zipping around Tallahassee, for at least the next six months. The City Commission has voted to extend its initial pilot program. It would have ended in mid-October, but will now last until March of 2020.
The Florida Blockchain Task Force held its inaugural meeting Monday. Blockchain technology is a means of recordkeeping for online transactions through distributed record sharing. That makes the transactions more impervious to tampering.
The rise of CBD has taken the state by storm. It’s being advertised on storefronts, billboards, and online, in lotions, drinks, and candies. It comes from Hemp, which was made legal in Florida with the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill.
A proposed assault weapons ban would prohibit all semi-automatic shotguns and rifles that are capable of holding more than 10 rounds. State economists say that would affect around 71 percent of rifles and half of shotguns. Charlie Strickland, CEO of Talon Training Group, says it’d be a big hit to his business.
The 850 area code is expected to run out of phone numbers by 2022. Now, state officials are meeting with experts to decide what’s next. North American Numbering Plan Administrator oversees numbers for the United States, Canada, and some Caribbean countries. The group’s Heidi Wyman says the community will need a new area code.
Legislators representing Wakulla County heard from its residents on Tuesday about their priorities for the coming legislative session. One of the hot issues of the night was the creation of an airport authority.
Companies invested in building Tallahassee’s first and only four-star hotel may back out if construction doesn’t start back up soon. The development of Washington Square started in August of 2018 and was expected to be finished by September of 2020. The project is stalled because Fairmont Tallahassee LLC, the projects landowner is in disagreement with the City of Tallahassee over a parking easement.