Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today.
Bush, Rubio to speak before Southern Baptist group
Republican Jeb Bush travels to Nashville for a live interview before thousands of members of the Southern Baptist Convention, while a pre-recorded interview of Sen. Marco Rubio’s will be broadcast at the event. The appearances on Tuesday give Bush and Rubio, both running in a packed GOP presidential contest, a chance to connect with Christian conservatives, a key group of voters in the early primary states of Iowa and South Carolina.
Coast Guard: Tequesta teens’ boat now also missing
The boat that two teens were on when they went missing off Florida’s Atlantic coast is no longer where the Coast Guard found it. Multiple media outlets report that a marine salvage company hired by the Coast Guard to bring the boat back to shore could not find the vessel, which was discovered capsized on July 26. Coast Guard spokesman Anthony Soto said Monday that the boat had been left unsecured and the agency has no plans to look for the vessel. Soto says the boat was not brought to shore earlier because officials were focused on search efforts instead. The Coast Guard called off its search for the 14-year-old boys, Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos, on a week after they went missing. Since then, volunteers have continued looking for the teenagers.
Amazon adds 2,000 new jobs in Florida
Amazon is adding 2,000 new jobs at its Florida fulfillment centers in Ruskin and Lakeland. The online retailer employs already more than 2,000 people at its two distribution centers in the state. The jobs available include picking, packing and shipping customer orders. All Amazon employees are eligible for benefits like health insurance, a 401(k) program with a 50 percent match, bonuses and stock rewards the day they start working. Amazon will also pre-pay 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand career fields, regardless if the field is relevant to jobs at Amazon.
Norwegian Cruise ship coming to Port Canaveral
Norwegian Cruise Line’s largest ship is going to call central Florida home. Norwegian officials on Monday said that Port Canaveral would be home to the Norwegian Epic, starting in November 2016. The ship will offer seven-day trips in the Caribbean, as well as three-day and four-day cruises to the Bahamas in 2017. The ship is the fifth-largest in the world.
Kidnapped toddler found safe after landlord sees CNN report
Authorities say a 3-year-old girl reported kidnapped more than a year ago in South Florida has been found with her mother about 280 miles away in Palatka. Multiple media outlets report that 23-year-old Megan E. Everett was arrested by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office on Monday when a tip came in because her story was featured on the CNN program “The Hunt with John Walsh,” on Sunday. Sunrise police say the child has been placed into protective custody. The girl’s father, 27-year-old Robert Baumann of Davie, says investigators told him the tip came from a landlord who was renting out a property to Everett.