What you need to know about Florida today
Small-business owners are less optimistic about their own shops and the overall economy than they were six months ago, according to a survey of National Small Business Association members. The association surveyed 350 owners of small businesses across multiple industries nationwide. [Source: South Florida Business Journal]
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The new health care law no longer allows insurers to exclude patients based on pre-existing conditions, eliminates lifetime limits on coverage and lets children stay on their parents' policies through age 26. Here are three other effects of the law.
The teachers at Fern Creek Elementary quickly drove home their lesson plan when Gov. Rick Scott showed up on their campus Thursday. Teacher morale is low, they told him. That's because educators are grappling with a new evaluation system, tougher academic standards, smaller paychecks and a sense the state is against them. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]
The solar-energy industry's huge assembly this week in Orlando buzzed with alternating currents of anxiety and optimism over this year's presidential election. A common thought at Solar Power International, which bills itself as North America's largest conference and exposition for the solar-energy business, was that the future will stay reasonably bright if President Obama wins a second term, but that it might be lights out if Mitt Romney prevails in November. See more from the Orlando Sentinel and Solar Power International.
The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits jumped to the highest level in two months, although the figures were skewed in part by Hurricane Isaac. Applications increased by 15,000 to a seasonally adjusted 382,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That's up from 367,000 the previous week. [Source: AP]
ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:
› Private plane terminal for ‘fractional’ owners coming to Palm Beach
Companies and individuals rich enough to own a piece of a jet will now have their own private terminal at Palm Beach International Airport.
› Orlando Realtors to go on 'pretend' SunRail
More than 170 Central Florida Realtors, leasing agents and others will ride an Amtrak train Friday, pretending they are on the planned SunRail commuter train.
› Whole Foods eyes site in downtown St. Petersburg
The chain of large health food grocery stores known for its vast salad bar, hot food bar and soup selection along with the many rare products on its shelves is eyeing a spot in the Sunshine City.
» Related: Whole Foods affected by nationwide ricotta cheese recall; Florida, Georgia on the list
› CareCloud is expanding, opening Boston operation
CareCloud, the fast-growing Miami-based healthcare technology startup, is expanding locally — and to Boston.
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