Wednesday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
What small business wants to hear during tonight's debate
Tonight's presidential debate will be crucial to sway the opinions of small business owners. According to a newly released USA Today/Gallup Poll, small business owners are split in their support of the candidates: 47% to 47% with the rest undecided. Topics of great interest include tax policy, fuel prices and health care. More from FOX Business.
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» Tonight's presidential debate to set tone for race
Scam targets real estate agents, others with state licenses
A scam is sending e-mails to real estate agents, asking they call in with personal information because their professional license is being suspended, a state spokeswoman said Wednesday. However, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation did not send the e-mails and officials think it is a ruse to steal personal information from unsuspecting victims, said Sandi Poreda, the agency's communication director. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Hialeah business supplies spare parts for Cuban autos
Fernando Sardiñas uses his weekends to work as an illegal taxi driver in Havana. He does it in his loyal but beaten up Moskvich, a car from the Soviet era that continues running thanks to the ingenuity and creativity of its owner. But also thanks to the spare parts Sardiñas manages to find through a friend who frequents a business on the other side of the Florida Straits. More at the Miami Herald.
Driven to safety: Businesses ban texting and driving
Florida is one of only six states in the country that doesn't have some form of a ban on texting while driving on the books. But while the Florida Legislature has been reluctant to prohibit the practice, plenty of drivers are being held back by a higher power: their bosses. From small mom and pop shops to large enterprises, scores of businesses have made Florida's roads a little safer by banning texting and driving on company time. More at the Tampa Tribune.
Buyers may not understand risks in coastal purchases
Living along a Florida beach sounds like a dream, but it can bring nightmarish worries, including severe weather, erosion and regulations limiting how the land is used. A new study by researchers with the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law and Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, or UF/IFAS, suggests that many buyers aren’t aware that living on the coast brings special challenges. More at UF News.
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