Thursday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Gov. Scott rejects Amazon deal
Gov. Rick Scott is rejecting a proposed deal to bring major Internet retailer Amazon.com to the state. The deal could have created up to 2,500 jobs in the state but would have meant that Floridians would have paid sales tax on Internet purchases made through the company. More at the AP.
Redfin brokerage sets up shop in Florida
Redfin, a national real estate brokerage, is announcing plans Thursday to enter the South Florida market. The Seattle-based firm will list and sell homes across Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties — its first Florida market and 22nd nationwide since launching in 2006. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Keys suffers through dismal stone crab season
The end of stone-crab season this week may be barely noticed by the Florida Keys commercial fleet. With costs of making a trip to pull traps often higher than the value of claws harvested, many Monroe County stone-crabbers gave up on the poor season months ago. More at the Miami Herald.
Fliers happier with airlines than a year ago
Travelers aren't as disgruntled with their airlines as they were a year ago. On a 1,000-point scale, fliers' overall satisfaction with airlines rose 14 points to 695, up from 681 in 2012 and the highest level since 2006, the J.D. Power & Associates 2013 North America Airline Satisfaction Study revealed. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Florida teacher lawsuit could spread to other states
The lawsuit filed by seven Florida teachers last month, challenging the constitutionality of the state’s new teacher evaluation system, was touted as the first of its kind, but it’s unlikely to be the last. More at Governing.
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