August 20, 2014

Tuesday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 10/16/2012

› Historic neighborhoods could be secret weapon as Jacksonville looks to revitalize its downtown
Talk to any downtown revitalizer long enough and the issue of residents will come up, part of the chicken-and-egg problem of getting a moribund downtown back on its feet. Without residents, there’s no business … and without businesses, residents aren’t interested in moving to the area.

› Naples CEO's email urges workers to elect new president
A Southwest Florida executive is the second high-profile Florida entrepreneur in recent weeks to send an email to employees suggesting his company will fall on hard times if President Barack Obama is re-elected in November.

› Florida pushing for new license plates to help catch toll violators
In its proposed budget for the coming year, released Monday and set for approval by Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet later this month, the agency says it wants lawmakers to approve the use of more than $23 million in various existing fees to buy new plates with a goal of replacing all plates within two years.

› Orlando home prices rise even as sales slacken
Orlando's existing-home sales fell from August to September, but prices rose, continuing a bouncy, years-long climb that still hasn't hit the halfway point to a market peak reached more than a half-decade ago.

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