Wednesday Afternoon Update – Florida Trend

Orlando foreclosure filings rise as expert warns they could ‘accelerate a little faster’ than expected

Metro Orlando added 474 foreclosure filings in May, making it the unlucky number 13 among U.S. metros for most foreclosure filings per housing unit. Foreclosure activity in Orlando is up 347% from 106 new filings in the same time last year, and 33% from 356 filings in April. Orlando wasn’t alone: ​​Miami and Jacksonville also ranked among the metro areas with the worst foreclosure rates in May. More information on ATTOM and the Orlando Business Journal.

Florida building collapse investigation to begin structural testing

The National Institute of Standards and Technology said “invasive testing” will begin soon as investigators test samples of materials collected from the collapsed site of the South Champlain Towers. “This is an important step in the investigation, one that we can only take after months of careful investigation and preparation,” said Glenn Bell, co-lead of the investigation. More NIST and WKMG.

FIU launches the world’s first master’s degree specializing in cruise line operations

Cruise Line Operations background, Joseph Cilli, Department Head and Director of Distance Learning at the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, viewed a 12-month MS in Hospitality Management as a “flag in the sand” to make the cruise industry synonymous with CRF. “We are leveraging the university’s strong ties to the cruise industry for this one-of-a-kind specialization, and we certainly have the industry partners built-in to give students hands-on, real-world knowledge,” says Cilli. More information on CRF news.

Palm Beach County School District to Discuss Adopting Policy Under ‘Parental Rights in Education’ Act

“The parent has the … fundamental right to direct the education of their children. So it is not a value, a fundamental value that the school finds, that is what this school policy says and I find that interesting. But, it’s a core right parent value…and that includes their [children’s] medical care and…educational care,” says Tiffany Justice, co-founder of Moms for Liberty. More information on the WBPF.

Governor Ron DeSantis announces nearly $1.5 million in awards to help with community planning projects

Funding for these programs is allocated by the Florida Legislature and administered by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO). CPTA grants enable counties, cities, and regional planning boards to plan and develop economic development strategies, protect environmentally sensitive areas, and assist with disaster recovery and resilience planning . RIF grants facilitate the planning, preparation and financing of infrastructure projects in rural communities that will encourage job creation, capital investment and the strengthening and diversification of rural economies. More from Florida WD.

Life & Culture
The Clearwater karate teacher acts as a father figure to students, as his mentors once did

Walter Evans was just a kid the first time karate saved his life. His mother was an alcoholic who attempted suicide several times, he said, and his father was not there. But Evans quickly learned the skills to become an excellent fighter, earning trophies, prize money and admiration that helped him survive a harrowing childhood. Now 67, he has the toned body of a teenager, with long, muscular legs that can punch powerfully overhead and callused knuckles that can hit concrete slabs without so much as a scratch on his face. skin…

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Higher education profile
How a college injury put Brian Lamb on the path to the board of governors

Brian LambDuring his senior year at Florida A&M University Developmental Research High School in Tallahassee in 1994, Lamb’s team won the state championship, averaging 30 points per game. He received offers from several big names – including Stanford, Fordham and George Washington University – but the 6-foot-2 point guard opted to stay in the state, going to the University of South Florida with a full sports scholarship. He got off to a flying start as the USF Bull, earning all-conference honors as a rookie and serving as a team captain for several years. He considers it “one of the best decisions” of his life.

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