September 14, 2014

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What you need to know about Florida today

| 3/18/2013

› NASCAR promoter wants millions in state tax breaks for racetrack renovations
Business is looking up at International Speedway Corp. The racetrack owner and NASCAR promoter just won an extension of a lucrative tax break from the federal government. And yet the Daytona Beach-based company says it needs help from Florida taxpayers.

› Medical offices moving to traditional retail locations to be closer to clients
It used to be that doctors would open offices wherever they wanted, figuring patients had no choice but to find them. Not anymore. "You have to have a Starbucks-like location," said Dr. Peter Lamelas, co-founder of the MD Now chain based in West Palm Beach.
» Related: Affordable Care Act has hospitals rethinking location strategies

› Bills Would Allow Craft Distillers To Sell To The Public
Craft rum, gin and other liquors have become very popular over the last few years. While they are becoming more readily available in restaurants, bars and retail stores, the one place they can’t still can’t be purchased in Florida is at the distillery itself to visitors who walk in for tours and tastings.

› Colleges track former students to boost degrees
60-plus schools in six states are taking what seems like an obvious but little-used step to boost college graduation rates: scouring campus databases to track down former students who unknowingly qualify for degrees.

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