What you need to know about Florida today
Buying beats renting in Florida, nation
Despite rising home prices recently, buying still is a better deal than renting, according to a report from real estate website Trulia.com. While home prices plummeted during the housing bust, rental rates increased steadily, in part because of demand from former homeowners who couldn’t qualify for mortgages. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Many teachers taking second jobs
The lingering economic downturn and stagnant or even shrinking wages have pushed a growing number of teachers to take second jobs. Some wait tables, bag groceries and tutor to make ends meet. Others sell insurance or makeup, mow yards and coach teams for extra income. More at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
Working mothers can be great CEOs
Businessman turning former studios into a trampoline palace
In June, Sarasota entrepreneur Brett Morrow will reopen Sanborn's former 27,000-square-foot building in Lakewood Ranch as Jumpin' Fun Sports, with wall-to-wall trampolines, fast food and a comfy couch area for parents to play with their iPads while their kids get their ya-yas out.
Want to see what the future could look like for working mothers? Look inside a company run by one. Many female CEOs are better about giving flexibility, providing onsite childcare, allowing pets at work and offering training and opportunities to advance. That trend will be increasingly important with women-led businesses expected to generate one-third of new U.S. jobs by 2018. More at the Miami Herald.
Survey: Low-wage workers gloomy about future
America's lower-income workers have posted the biggest job gains since the deep 2007-09 recession - but few are bragging. As a workforce sector, those earning $35,000 or less annually are generally pessimistic about their finances and career prospects. More at the AP.
Tampa-based distiller eyeing state bill to boost business
Lee Nelson doesn't give tours every day at the small, licensed Tampa distillery he co-owns. There are no public tastings and bottles of his vodka are not available for purchase at the distillery. But Nelson is optimistic a new bill (SB 642) being considered by a state House committee will change all that and make it legal for him to sell on site. More at Bay News 9.
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