Monday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
› Tropicana Field: The next big urban mixed use development?
Thirty years ago, St. Petersburg took a leap of civic faith when it leveled a low-income neighborhood to attract a baseball team. Now Tropicana Field's 85 asphalt acres offer another chance for neighborhood rehabilitation — this time without baseball.
› Palm Beach County's economic recovery trails neighbors
With an economy based on retirees and tourists, Palm Beach lost significant wealth with the housing bust, as did all of Florida. But without substantial international business and tourism to keep it afloat, as Miami had, or a major draw like the cruise ship industry in Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach has limped back from the recession.
› South Florida fuels sales of hybrid cars
Sales of hybrid vehicles took off in 2012 and continue to rise this year, thanks in part to higher gas prices. At Southeast Toyota Distributors, which supplies new Toyotas to Florida and four nearby states, gas-electric hybrids accounted for 14 percent of sales last year, up from 8 percent in 2011.
› Was stimulus a boon or bust for Brevard?
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act pumped $41 million into Brevard County construction projects from the widening of Interstate 95 to new bike and pedestrian trails. To gauge their relative worth, FLORIDA TODAY looked into each of the projects, including the taxpayer money spent, the jobs created and the final results.
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