Friday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Florida economists predict continued growth
Florida economists are predicting that the state's tax collections will continue to grow over the next three years. Tax collections since this past summer have been slightly higher than expected. It's a sign that the state's economy continues to slowly recover from the recession. [Source: AP]
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Florida-born Holland & Knight has offices in four foreign countries. Greenberg Traurig has attorneys in six. Miami’s Diaz Reus [“Danger Zone,”August] built its reputation on being in every country where it sees opportunity. The Miami firm’s international presence includes Caracas, Frankfurt, São Paulo, Kurdistan and Iraq.
Orange prices rise as crop falls
Florida orange growers who gambled with holding onto their fruit until now because of low early season farm prices hit a small jackpot. Farm prices for oranges have increased about 20 percent from October levels following a reduction of 8 million boxes. [Source: Lakeland Ledger]
Aging America: The cities that are graying the fastest
Notwithstanding plastic surgery, health improvements and other modern biological enhancements, we are all getting older, and the country is too. Today roughly 18.5% of the U.S. population is over 60, compared to 16.3% a decade ago; by 2020 that percentage is expected to rise to 22.2%, and by 2050 to a full 25%. [Source: Forbes]
» FRIDAY PREVIEW: Coming next week to FloridaTrend.com:
- Vote of Confidence: Florida pollster Bruce Barcelo is making a name for himself ensuring ‘ballot integrity' in budding democracies.
- Rising Tide: Bay County, home to northwest Florida’s largest port and its only container port, is riding a wave of international trade growth.
- Triton Submarines: When you're in the business of making $3-million personal luxury submarines, you need to do everything you can to broaden the market.
- Toscana Divino: A public-private venture, Toscana Divino is more than just a restaurant in downtown Miami.
» You'll find all these stories first on the Daily and Afternoon Pulse e-mails.
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