Tuesday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
In Florida, it's not tornadoes, but hurricanes state leaders are prepping for. With hurricane season about two weeks away, members of the Florida Division of Emergency Management ran through some of the drills for the next four days in their annual statewide hurricane exercise. More form WTSP and WTXL.
» 2013 Hurricane preparedness guide
Florida shoppers this August will get to buy computers without having to pay sales taxes. Gov. Rick Scott on Monday signed into law a bill reauthorizing the state's popular back-to-school sales tax holiday. This year's sales tax holiday will take place from Aug. 2 to Aug. 4. [Source: AP]
Workforce Florida Inc., the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and regional workforce boards announced the June launch of HireFloridaGrads.com, a web portal for work-ready graduates seeking employment. [Source: Crestview News Bulletin]
A satellite-fueling company will take over a former space shuttle facility at Kennedy Space Center, NASA announced Monday. United Paradyne Corp., of Santa Maria, Calif., next month will begin a 15-year lease of a building at the center’s Hypergolic Maintenance Facility, or HMF, where shuttle thrusters were serviced. [Source: Florida Today]
» Pain Relief: Northrop Grumman is expanding in Melbourne
Rising buyer demand is colliding with a shortage of supply, making the always-emotional experience of buying a home all the more intense. Multiple offers are competing for a scant supply of homes and condominiums for sale. Bidding wars are breaking out. Properties are fetching asking price – and often more. [Source: Miami Herald]
ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:
› Sarasota Golf Club to be sold, developed into housing
The Sarasota Golf Club, a 52-year-old regional staple and one of the oldest public courses in Southwest Florida, will close after the Memorial Day holiday weekend.
› Orlando offers jobs incentives for Creative Village, SunRail projects
Orlando revamped an economic development program Monday to offer job-creation incentives to companies that match the Dyer administration's favored downtown projects: the Creative Village and SunRail.
› Gov. Scott approves rowing park funding to lure world championships
Scott approved the state Legislature’s budget but used his line item veto to kill dozens of community programs from the Panhandle to Miami. But Sarasota and Manatee counties were left relatively unscathed.
› Spirit Airlines keen on domestic growth
Spirit Airlines remains keen on growth as airline mergers and rising airfares continue to create opportunities for the Miramar-based low-cost carrier to expand its network, executives said Monday during the airline's 2013 Analyst Conference.
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