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› Opera Tampa converts upcoming season into Florida Opera Festival
See an opera, have some cake! That's just one of the enticements Opera Tampa has in store for its inaugural Florida Opera Festival, scheduled for January through March. For its 18th season, the opera will expand its range of events with open rehearsals, a holiday concert, opera-themed movies, a comic opera about TV chef Julia Child and more.
› Comcast moving Florida headquarters to West Palm Beach, hiring dispatchers
Cable operator Comcast Corp. will move its Florida headquarters to West Palm Beach from Sunrise as it ramps up employment. While Comcast is moving 89 sales positions to Miramar from West Palm Beach, it’s hiring 161 dispatchers in West Palm. Meanwhile, Comcast will move its Florida headquarters north as it broadens its reach in Florida.
› Microsoft donates $1.5 million to Orlando youth groups
The software giant made a $1 million software donation last week to the Junior Achievement of Central Florida at the grand opening of the Microsoft Store at The Florida Mall. The YMCA of Central Florida and Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida each received a $250,000 grant.
› South Florida hotels post better July than last year
More good news for South Florida tourism: Hotels in the area hosted more guests paying higher rates in July than a year ago, according to Smith Travel Research. Florida also expects record tourist arrivals in 2012, according to state tourism marketing agency Visit Florida.
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