What you need to know about Florida today
Florida's gambling future, including the fate of its horse and dog tracks, Internet cafes and tribal-run casinos, appears likely to be decided by the Republican-controlled Legislature. After spending nearly $1 million on an effort to let voters decide what kind of gambling to allow, a major casino developer has decided to work with legislators over the next two years. More from the AP and the Miami Herald.
Francisco “Frank” Sánchez, a native of Tampa, is undersecretary for international trade at the U.S. Department of Commerce, where he directs trade promotion and advocacy efforts. He is one of the architects of President Obama’s National Export Initiative, which aims to double U.S. exports by 2014. Read our interview with Sánchez.
Raising low-lying roads. Building higher seawalls. Strapping on more solar panels. The threat of rising seas has more South Florida officials shifting from "What if?" to "What do we do?" when it comes to dealing with climate change. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]
Florida's unemployment trust fund, drained when the state's labor market collapsed, should be back in the black by the middle of 2013, according to state officials. The state's outstanding loan balance to the federal government was about $544 million at the end of November, and economic analysts project Florida will pay that off and no longer have a need to borrow by May. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]
Gov. Rick Scott turned to his top lawyer to take over the state’s jobs agency after the executive director abruptly resigned amid questions about jobless benefits he received before he was hired. Scott on Thursday named Jesse Panuccio, the governor’s general counsel, to replace Hunting Deutsch. [Source: Miami Herald]
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› Miami event to turn entrepreneurs into ‘TekFighters’
A free event at Miami Dade College’s Wolfson Campus uses the trappings of a martial arts tournament to challenge entrepreneurs, investors and supporters.
› Large rent increases surprise manufactured home community
When Allan and Eleanore Warren signed next year's lot lease on a “fixer upper” they bought in Bay Indies, a manufactured home community, they presumed the rent for their investment property would increase by 3 percent. However, when they got the new lease they were astonished to see a rent increase of more than 19 percent — from $687 to $820.
› UF seeks new ways to improve the turnover and retention rate
As a way to improve the new hire process and retention rate, the University of Florida’s Human Resource Research Center (HRRC) is collaborating with the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce to engage with member businesses and their employees.
› Citrus groves fight for a comeback
Planting citrus isn't for the shortsighted. It isn't done to get quick turnaround on a buck. So, if you see new trees — either a few rows replacing old, diseased specimens or a whole new grove — you can be pretty sure the landowner has no other plans for that property for a good long while.
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