January 25, 2015

Tuesday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 5/7/2013

› Citrus Bowl will be mostly new after renovation
The work that starts soon on Orlando's Citrus Bowl is technically a renovation, but when the dust settles in just less than two years, about 80 percent of the stadium will be brand new.

› Young business delivering healthy returns
After experiencing the ill effects of an unhealthy lunch hour on the call center he ran at the time, Scott Harris hired a chef to cook healthy lunches for his employees. Results were great — small portions of healthy food increased productivity — and the entrepreneurial wheels started turning.

› Tampa International pep rally celebrates tourism, new airside
Roger Dow broke down the impact of tourism on the American economy like this: 33 international travelers visiting this country generates one job here. "Every plane that lands," Dow said, "can bring up to nine jobs with it." Those were the kind of factoids that made Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, the ideal speaker to kick off National Tourism Week at Tampa International Airport on Monday morning.

› Rafool Brothers of Winter Haven Embark on Peach Business Venture
The Rafool family knows about greening. Brothers Christian and Brandon spent years growing citrus, struggling with the citrus greening, a serious disease of citrus caused by a bacteria that causes yellowing of leaves and shoots that turn it yellow. So when they had the opportunity to do something different, it sounded just peachy.

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