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Hurricane season 2023 is near. Here’s what you need to know about forecast tracks.

It happens every year: a new hurricane season begins and the forecast charts start to appear. Online, your friends and family share maps with multicolored spots. On TV, strands of spaghetti patterns twist and twirl across the tropics. Forecast information is everywhere. You think you know what it all means, but do you really? Accurate interpretation of hurricane forecasts is a crucial skill in assessing the risks you face from an impending storm. More from the Tampa Bay Times.

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Florida Aquarium Launches Creative Plan to Attract More Businesses and Donors

The Florida Aquarium has launched a new corporate plan that seeks to increase corporate support while expanding its mission as an animal care and conservation organization. While that description might sound like an expansive way of saying the popular Tampa attraction has found a new way to raise money, the reality is that in a time of economic uncertainty, the aquarium has developed a plan that it says can help to generate new revenue, solidify its place as a cultural institution, and enable donors and their employees to give back to the community. More from the Business Observer.

International Visitors Send Miami’s Travel Industry Soaring

Miami-Dade County welcomed more than 26.5 million visitors last year, generating more than $20.8 billion, an 8% increase in tourism revenue over 2021. Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau stated in its 2022 Visitor Industry Summary report that a total of 26.5 million visitors came to the county last year, with 19.2 million coming for overnight stays and 7.3 million for daytime visits. . More from Miami today.

What’s New at Orlando Theme Parks Summer 2023 Edition

The summer travel season is upon us, and Central Florida’s theme parks and attractions can expect visitors who haven’t been in months. It has been a period of change with significant additions and notable subtractions. Whether you’re out of town or hosting returning friends and family, it’s hard to keep up with what’s happening and when. Here’s a guide to what’s new, what’s gone, what to expect and, sorry, what won’t be happening in the summer of ’23. More from the Orlando Sentinel.

JEA’s clean energy path faces criticism from Sierra Club over natural gas

JEA has charted a path for the rest of the decade that would greatly expand its use of solar power and nuclear power, two sources of electricity that don’t warm the planet by emitting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. It’s not the first time the JEA has set such targets, but utility officials say they are committed to meeting it and have posted the plan to hold them accountable for meeting it. More from the Florida Times-Union.

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Tampa Bay Stadium Conundrum: Who Plays Where?

Tampa Bay Rays team executives were in Tampa twice last week, once to show support for the future of women’s professional soccer and for the new Tampa Bay team that will begin play in 2024. A day earlier, the Rays met with the Tampa Sports Authority, Tampa City and Hillsborough County government officials to discuss their own future and the team’s potential to play in a new ballpark in Tampa.

» More from the Tampa Bay Times.

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Sunnier days ahead

Following a record year of passenger traffic, Punta Gorda Airport expects business to further improve with the planned opening of the 785-room Sunseeker Resort in the Port of Charlotte later this year. “I know the resort is going to have heavy convention traffic during the off-season, the summer, so we see an opportunity for our numbers to increase during the off-season when we don’t get as many incoming visitors,” says James W. Parish , CEO of the Charlotte County Airport Authority and Punta Gorda Airport. “It’s going to be huge for us.”

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