Thursday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
Florida claimed first place in the nation in foreclosure activity in January — eclipsing much-larger California, according to data firm RealtyTrac. Florida’s dubious distinction came as the state logged the highest foreclosure rate in the nation for the fifth consecutive month, said RealtyTrac, which is based in Irvine, Calif. One in every 300 Florida homes received some type of foreclosure filing in January. That is more than twice the national average. [Source: Miami Herald]
A conversation with the creator of the women's athletics program at the University of Florida.
» I wanted to improve the opportunity for competitive play for women. Competition teaches you cooperation, competition, all these qualities athletes have. It’s something you can’t really teach in the classroom. And women didn’t have any opportunity for that. They thought women didn’t need that.
The state Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission tabled a controversial proposal to label popular saltwater fish as either game or sport varieties as a way to market Florida's fishing opportunities. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]
With government grants and individual donations down since the recession, nonprofit groups in South Florida are looking for new sources of funding and turning to mega-events. One example: The 211-Broward hotline launched its NonProfit Academy Awards two years ago and aims for at least 600 attendees at its Feb. 22 lunch, complete with a red carpet and golden statuettes. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]
A new study shows South Florida is still distressed economically after the Great Recession hit five years ago, but the region is still better off than Orlando and Tampa-St. Petersburg. In fact, Orlando and Tampa-St. Petersburg continue to have the most financially distressed households among the 30 largest metro areas in the nation, but South Florida, while the sixth most distressed, has shown almost as much economic improvement as the national average. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]
ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:
› Carnival says Triumph fire could impact shares
Carnival Corp. & plc estimates that the total impact from the Carnival Triumph fire and the related repair costs will result in an eight cents to 10 cents earnings per share reduction in the company's first half of the year.
› Sarasota maker of LED lights partners with Mexico firm
Evolucia Inc., a Sarasota-based maker of commercial outdoor and industrial LED lighting, said it has reached an agreement with OSRAM Mexico to make and market cobrahead street lights. Osram, one of the world's leading light manufacturers, will use Evolucia's aimed optics system in the lights.
› Lockheed gets contracts worth $161 million
Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control in Orlando said Wednesday it has received two Army contracts worth a combined $161 million to continue producing upgrades for the Apache helicopter's advanced weapons-targeting and navigation system known as Arrowhead.
› Broward College economic impact $1 billion per year
Broward College produces an economic impact of roughly $1 billion per year, mainly from helping boost incomes for students and thereby expanding economic activity in the area, a new study has found.
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