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Miami daily roundup: Uber-like jet service launches in Miami, Brian Laundrie spotting, rising gas prices, and more

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(MIAMI, Fla.) In South Florida news today, a possible Brian Laundrie sighting is caught on video, the Florida unemployment fund is back to normal, gas prices are set to rise again, a new Uber-like jet service offers direct flights from Miami to New York and Texas, and Gov. Ron DeSantis is opening the state's ports to help ease shortages amid California and New York backups.

The following list contains the area's breaking news for Wednesday, October 20. Read on today's top stories:

Brian Laundrie possible caught on video in Florida

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TMZ

Surveillance video captured in Florida showing an individual resembling Brian Laundrie -- the fiancé of Gabrielle ' Gabby ' Petito and a person of interest in her death -- pedaling an old bicycle has reportedly been submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for review.

The Dunnellon, Florida resident who captured the footage on his property told TMZ the video was taken along a rugged sugar sand patch that is hardly visited by pedestrians. The man said the unidentified bicyclist was struggling while carrying an oversized backpack and heavy clothing, leading him to believe the individual was trying to lay low.

Get ready Florida: Another round of gas price hikes is on the way, and South Florida remains hardest hit

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Florida gas prices are slightly higher than a week ago. The state average of $3.18 per gallon is a half-cent more than this time last week.

Although gas prices held relatively steady last week, another increase could be on the way. Crude and gasoline futures prices rose again last week, setting new 2021 highs. The price of U.S. crude increased 4% last week. The reason prices keep rising (and could remain elevated through the winter) is due to a natural gas shortage affecting Asia and Europe. Because of that shortage, natural gas prices have skyrocketed in those continents, forcing their countries to turn to what was already an extremely tight crude oil market for electricity and heating.

Most expensive metro markets – West Palm Beach-Boca Raton ($3.35), Panama City ($3.23), Fort Lauderdale ($3.22

Amazon looking for 10,500 Florida workers for $15-an-hour seasonal jobs

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Amazon

Amazon announced Monday it has begun hiring for 10,500 seasonal jobs in Florida. The e-commerce giant’s website shows current available positions in South Florida start at $15 per hour and top out at $17.50. The seasonal roles come in addition to the 8,000 full- and part-time operations jobs the company had previously announced for Florida this year.

Out-of-state sales tax provides big boost to Florida unemployment fund

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Florida’s unemployment trust fund has gained back about a half-billion dollars since a new law began requiring out-of-state online retailers in July to collect sales taxes on purchases made by Floridians. The change in the law is expected to fill the coffers of the fund, which was depleted during Covid. The trust fund, which was depleted because of massive job losses early in the Covid-19 pandemic, now tops $1.3 billion.

Take an Uber-like jet from Miami to New York and Texas starting this November

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It will be the only air carrier linking Westchester County and MiamiEver dreamed of hopping on a jet for the day without paying thousands of dollars? Now, you can (although you’ll only be able to get to two destinations).

JSX, the hop-on jet service offering crowd-free flights from private terminals, has announced the introduction of its inaugural East Coast routes, linking Miami International Airport with Westchester County, New York (HPN) and Dallas Love Field, Texas (DAL). Flights begin Thursday, November 18 with fares between Westchester County and Miami starting at $749 for one-way, and fares between Dallas and Miami start at $499 for one-way.

Gov. DeSantis: Florida's ports have the ability to deliver goods on time throughout holiday season

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To keep Florida's economy bustling, and shortages from getting out of control, DeSantis is now offering companies incentives to use Florida's ports amid backups in New York and California. Along with touting the capacity and reach of the ports, the Republican leader also said the state will give incentive packages to companies that bring ships there.

"Florida is here. We've got capacity, and we also have incentive packages to make it worth your while to be able to bring your business to our ports," DeSantis told reporters.

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