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What you need to know about Florida today

| 10/23/2012

Mass layoffs decline in Florida

Mass layoffs declined in Florida to 57 that resulted in 3,549 initial claimants for unemployment compensation in September, the Labor Department said Tuesday. That compares with 69 events with 4,538 filing for initial unemployment benefits in September 2011. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and the Department of Labor.


State awards $35M in health-care grants

Twenty-eight health-care organizations in Florida will receive a total of $35 million in state grants to enhance primary care for low-income people. Winners include hospitals, county health departments and federally qualified health centers. Lakeland Regional Medical Center received the single largest award, $4 million. More from Health News Florida.


Legoland seeks master model worker

CEO Sounding Board

Deposits from Overseas

ceo sounding board
Carlos Fernandez-Guzman, President/CEO of Pacific National tells us:

"The more sophisticated, affluent depositor is beginning to look at other options. The problem with these kinds of initiatives and measures is the movement of funds will be silent and over time."

» Read more from Fernandez-Guzman. and other Florida CEOs

Legoland Florida is taking applications for what some might consider the ideal job. The bad news: Those younger than 18 need not apply. The theme park is creating a position for an in-house master model builder to construct all manner of objects from Lego bricks. More at the Lakeland Ledger.


Gas prices rolling lower, but still above last year's mark

Retail gas prices moved lower last week and are expected to do the same again this week, according to AAA, but prices still are about 20 cents more than they were this time last year. More at the Ocala Star-Banner.


Big cargo ships bring big changes to Port Everglades

The coming wave of transoceanic shipping steamed into Port Everglades early Monday morning and tied up at Berth 32. And it is big. The aptly-named MSC Texas, the largest cargo ship ever to call at the port, is a forerunner of what's to come: massive oceangoing vessels plying trade between continents, utilizing an expanded Panama Canal for transit. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Business Profile
Outcast Fishing and Hunting store has been luring 'em in since 1987

lureTommy Holmes sits in his second-story office above Outcast Bait & Tackle, going over the books at midday. There is the head of a white fallow deer hanging behind him, along with various photos of fishing boats and hunting trips. You would think Holmes, 47, would be jonesing for the outdoors, the open air and the open waters. But he’s OK where he is, crunching numbers.

» Read a full profile of Holmes and Outcast from the Pensacola News Journal

» Outcast official site.


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