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Friday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida Today
Florida Trend launches new website
Welcome to the redesigned FloridaTrend.com. We’ve tried to make the site easier to use and easier on the eyes. The site should be fully functional Friday afternoon but some visitors may encounter glitches for up to 24 hours. Look around and tell us what you think by sending us a message or dropping a note on our Facebook page.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Two political operatives give opposing views on how to win the Sunshine State.
We spoke with the state director for President Obama’s 2008 campaign and Florida's current senior adviser for the Romney for President campaign.
Costa Rican business group visits Port Everglades
A diverse group of public and private trade organizations from Costa Rica toured Port Everglades this week, gaining a firsthand glimpse of the seaport’s expansion plans, operations and facilities. [Source: Inside Costa Rica]
Summer vacations remain a must-do, survey says
Summer vacations are still a must-do this year for many Americans despite the sluggish economy, according to findings of a Harris Poll released this week. Some 44 percent of the 2,634 American adults surveyed said the economy has not impacted their travel plans, down slightly from 46 percent in 2010, when the survey was last conducted. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]
» FRIDAY PREVIEW: Coming next week to FloridaTrend.com:
- Economic development priorities for Miami-Dade: Community leaders have crafted a new strategic plan for the county’s economic growth focused on seven target industries.
- Palatka's change of plans: City officials have decided downtown efforts should turn toward Palatka’s riverine roots and away from a convention strategy.
- CEO Sounding Board: What trends are you seeing in hiring and what’s happening with employment costs?
» You'll find all these stories first on the Daily and Afternoon Pulse e-mails.
State constitutional amendments struggle for voter attention
Florida's statewide election ballot this November will ask voters to give their blessings to a collection of conservative causes — in some cases making significant changes to the state's educational and tax policies. And that's creating a major messaging nightmare for groups on both sides of those issues which will have to compete for airtime and voters' attention spans in the midst of an onslaught of paid political media in a presidential election year.
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