Wednesday's Afternoon Update
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Labor Day travel to rise in Florida
More Floridians are expected to take trips this Labor Day holiday, spurred by an improving economy, travel group AAA forecast. The number of Floridians traveling 50 miles or more for the holiday likely will rise 2.6 percent from last year to 1.6 million. Still, that's slightly slower growth than 2.9 percent gain forecast nationwide for the Aug. 30-Sept. 3 weekend, as Florida's economy lags the country's as a whole. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and see the predictions from AAA.
Florida ACT scores inch upward but still lag nation
Florida's Class of 2012 did better on the ACT college admission test than previous classes but still lagged the nation, exam results released this morning showed. Eighteen percent of this year's Florida high school graduates who took the ACT posted college-ready scores on its four exams, according to the 2012 "Condition of College and Career Readiness" report. More at the Orlando Sentinel.
Gainesville gaming firm lands $18 million infusion
The Neutralizer upgrade to Haines City’s wastewater treatment facility is saving the city $100,000 a year in operating costs.
The face of downtown Gainesville is changing again. In the next few years, Bo Diddley Community Plaza may become the centerpiece of Florida’s own version of Silicon Valley—if this local entrepreneur has any say in it. More at the North Central Florida Business Report.
RNC windfall questioned by economy experts
Organizers of the Republican National Convention tout the event as a windfall for the city of Tampa, saying tens of thousands of people will shovel cash into the local economy, as much as $200 million, for the benefit of everyone left when the throng leaves. But those who hold this view may be wearing rose-shaded glasses, in the view of some who study the economic impact of major events. More at the Tampa Tribune.
Private rail tries for comeback in Florida
Publicly-supported Amtrak has been financially off the rails for years. So how is it that a purely private rail line is steaming ahead with a route from Miami to Orlando? Florida East Coast Industries aims to get its one billion dollar rail line, All Aboard Florida, running by 2014. Read a transcript or listen to the audio report from Marketplace.
Out of the Box
Nearly 20 years after Hurricane Andrew, a Category 5 wind once again shredded roofs in Miami-Dade County. Fortunately, there were only two test roofs involved and the wind was confined to a big steel hangar that is part of Florida International University’s International Hurricane Research Center, which on Tuesday unveiled the nation’s most powerful hurricane simulator — an $8 million facility that stands as a legacy of Andrew.
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