What you need to know about Florida today
Holiday hiring reaches highest level in six years
Retailers ramped up holiday hiring in the final three months of 2012 to its highest level in six years, according to an analysis of government data released Monday by the global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas. In Florida, holiday hiring increased as well, according to the state. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Florida university to take over operations of undersea lab Aquarius
A lack of federal support and local funding has forced the University of North Carolina Wilmington to stop operations at Aquarius, the world's only permanent undersea laboratory. But the program is not completely lost. It will soon be operated by Miami-based Florida International University. More at StarNews.
Warnings about drug interactions don't stall grapefruit sales
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"In the last two years, we had a lot of hotels open up; we’re taking a little breather now. The economy is slowly climbing back."
As some Florida citrus officials predicted at the time, another spate of national news stories in late November about potentially harmful interactions between widely prescribed drugs and grapefruit juice appeared to have little negative impact on juice sales. More at the Lakeland Ledger.
Securing commercial service a top priority for Naples airport
Last year's fallout with JetBlue has made Naples airport commissioners more determined to secure commercial service in 2013, despite uncertainty in the industry. More at the Naples Daily News.
Norwegian Cruise Line to go public
The company has registered an initial public offering of 23,529,412 ordinary shares with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The shares will be traded on the NASDAQ; no price has set been set. More at the Miami Herald.
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