Tuesday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
The nation's 85-and-older population is projected to swell from 5.5 million in 2010 to 6.6 million in 2020, a 19 percent increase in one decade. This trend has caught the attention of those who study the elderly and is a source of concern for those who worry about who will care for the very old as they age and become dependent on others. [Source: Ocala Star-Banner]
The Florida Lottery topped $5 billion in sales for the first time during the fiscal year that ended June 30, the department announced Monday. A record $1.41 billion is expected to go into the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund, the Lottery reported. [Source: AP]
This month medical marijuana proponents are starting the most organized effort Florida has ever seen to enshrine doctor-approved cannabis in the state's constitution. Unlike past petition drives, this one will be well funded. Personal injury lawyer John Morgan — famous for his “for the people” television and billboard ads — is pledging to do “whatever it takes” to pass the referendum next year. [Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune]
The wildlife tourism industry in the Gulf of Mexico states is a $19 billion industry and generates 2.6 million jobs, according to a report released today by Datu Research, an economic research firm. Read more from the Mississippi Business Journal and see the Florida section of the report.
Despite Florida’s worldwide reputation as The Sunshine State, the state lagged behind more than a dozen others – including Massachusetts, Maryland and Ohio – in building solar power capacity last year on homes and businesses. [Source: Fort Myers News-Press]
ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:
› Orlando's Earl Enterprises cuts workers' hours, denies health-care link
About 400 workers from Orlando-based Earl Enterprises, primarily in its Buca di Beppo restaurant chain, have had their hours cut to less than 30 a week across the country, founder Robert Earl acknowledged Monday.
› Fort Lauderdale to finalize streetcar assessment
Business and residential property owners are expected to cover $20.6 million of the cost of the $142.6 million 2.7-mile electric streetcar system called the Wave. The rest of the money is coming from federal, state, county and city governments.
› FSU College of Business looks to trade up
Buzzing trade rooms the likes of those on Wall Street will soon be replicated at Florida State University. Modern architecture and sleekly designed classrooms will be the setting of expanded business innovation at Florida State.
› Port Everglades cruise terminals get new artwork
Galleries aren't the only places where people can get an art fix these days. As public art installations become more prevalent across South Florida, artwork is popping up in unlikely places.
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