December 20, 2014

Wednesday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 11/21/2012

Tourism season gets early jumpstart, thanks to Hurricane Sandy

Eager to escape the devastation or avoid repair woes brought by the superstorm that battered the Northeast last month, many tourists and seasonal residents appear to have headed south months earlier than they normally would, according to some local businesses, anecdotal traffic counts and tourism officials. [Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune]


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Florida will pay Medicaid docs at new Obamacare rate

Starting Jan. 1, Florida will start paying Medicaid primary care doctors at new, higher rates required by the federal Affordable Care Act, a state spokeswoman said Tuesday. According to a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, Florida primary care doctors in 2008 were paid 55 percent of Medicare rates, meaning a $50 payment would be increased to $90 under the new system. [Source: Miami Herald]


Column: Dear daughter, let me give you some career advice ...

Today, coaching our kids about career paths is complicated. Many of my reporter and editor friends who witnessed an overhaul of the media world are highly opposed to their kids becoming journalists. Where parents of the past pushed their kids to follow in their footsteps, we want the generation of college-bound kids we raise to go where the jobs will be. [Source: Miami Herald]


Florida among highest in cell phone tax rates

You may find a surprise on your cell phone bill. You may be paying much more in taxes than you think. Florida has one of the highest cell phone taxes in the nation. "I think it's ridiculous," said Bruce Hammond, who moved to Tampa from Indiana. "If I changed to an 813 [area code], my bill would go up because of taxes… I said I'll keep the 219 area code, why pay more?" [Source: My FOX Tampa Bay]


ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:

› Florida teachers upset with new evaluation system
Florida teachers are upset with a new state evaluation system that they say is unfair, untested and produces bogus conclusions about performance. It's called the Value-Added Model. It uses students' test scores to evaluate a teacher's effectiveness.

› SeaWorld buys California water park, plans 3rd Aquatica
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment said Tuesday it has acquired a water park in San Diego that it will convert into the company's third Aquatica. The Orlando-based company would not say how much it paid for Knott's Soak City — San Diego, owned by amusement-park operator Cedar Fair L.P., nor how much it will spend renovating the water park.

› Tunnel technology could help Florida blueberry growers
Protecting Florida’s $80 million blueberry crop from freeze damage is always a wintertime challenge, but a University of Florida study shows that structures called high tunnels could shield plants from cold and promote earlier fruit ripening.

› Brazilian aviation company may come to Melbourne
A subsidiary of Brazilian aviation company Solutions Designs & Engineering is considering opening U.S. operations at Melbourne International Airport, as it seeks to make inroads in the U.S. market.


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