April 25, 2014

Friday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 3/1/2013

Record-breaking spring break forecast

Spring break starts officially for college students in Florida and elsewhere this week, and regional tourism officials expect crowds to break records this year. Southwest Florida also expects to welcome its share of families for an early spring getaway, especially after Liveability.com designated Sarasota the No. 1 family-friendly spring break destination in the nation last year. [Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune]


Golf's hot spot in the Sunshine State

For a who's who of tour pros -- Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Ernie Els Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and more -- a 30-mile stretch of Florida's southern Martin County and northern Palm Beach County is a happening place to live, practice and just plain hang [Source: Golf Digest]

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Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam
Find out what interest groups, lawmakers and the governor want from Florida's 2013 Legislature. The Legislature is set to convene Tuesday, March 5. Go to story.


Online travel companies win appeal In Florida tax case

Online line travel companies like Expedia and Travelocity have won their appeal as to how much tax they should have to pay on hotel rooms they book in Florida. Tallahassee-based Circuit Judge James Shelfer ruled that the online companies should only pay the tourist development tax on the amount of money they pay to hotels. [Source: AP]


Florida to join Mega Millions lottery

Florida Lottery officials told The Associated Press on Thursday that the state would join 42 others later this year in selling tickets to the Mega Millions game. Lottery Secretary Cynthia O'Connell contends that adding Mega Millions is a "winning decision" because it will generate more money for education. [Source: AP]


Sequestration looms large for Florida

In Florida, the cuts will hit programs for teachers, students, head start, military readiness, and many other programs in 2013 alone. The cuts could cost thousands of jobs in the state, sending Florida’s unemployment rate back up after years of slow declines. [Source: CBS Miami]

See also:
» Forced budget cuts could hit KSC
» Federal budget ax threatens jobs, services…eventually
» Odds against him, Obama still betting on big deal


ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:

› Class-action case takes aim at Citizens’ reinspection program
Thousands of Florida homeowners buffeted by higher windstorm premiums have sued state-run Citizens Property Insurance Corp. to recover potentially hundreds of millions of dollars in “back-door” rate increases driven by “arbitrary” reinspections of their residences.

› Gov. Scott touts advantages of cutting taxes for manufacturers
Gov. Rick Scott talked up tax cuts for manufacturers at a St. Petersburg tech maker Thursday, touting his top legislative priority as a key to creating jobs. Part of Scott's $74.2 billion budget plan, the proposal would exclude the state's 17,000 manufacturing firms from paying sales taxes on equipment.

› International Film Festival shines spotlight on Miami
Few events in the Magic City have commanded the sort of spotlight as the Miami International Film Festival. The grand dame of festivals that are increasingly putting Miami on the international map turns 30 this year. And there will be more stars and film industry luminaries on the red carpet Friday night when the festival begins its 10-day run at the Gusman Center.

› Delray Beach title trail runs cold in 1931
City leaders are trying to sell a narrow sliver of land off West Atlantic Avenue, but they cannot for one reason: They don't know who owns it. A major search for the heir turned up nothing. It doesn't help that only three things are known about the last proprietor: He was probably alive in 1931, he was black and his name was John Smith.


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