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Gov. Scott rejects Amazon deal

Gov. Rick Scott is rejecting a proposed deal to bring major Internet retailer 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

Editor's Column

Graduates in the Family: Some Reflections

mark howard
If there’s a mega-trend that I would say has characterized Florida throughout my children’s school years, it has been struggles by businesses, citizens and governments to create, in their urban centers, localized senses of “place."

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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.

Economic Development
Reality check for Pensacola's Downtown Technology Park

pensacolaThe Pensacola area needs 500 to 600 acres of shovel-ready industrial parks within the next four years and a $15-million to $25-million Targeted Employment Education Endowment fund to improve workforce skills, especially for higher-wage jobs. Those recommendations are part of a new strategic plan for Escambia and Santa Rosa counties commissioned by the Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce from consultants Chabin Concepts and Ticknor & Associates.

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