September 27, 2016

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What you need to know about Florida today

| 8/12/2013

› New way to find businesses online
Did you know that today, 97 percent of us look for businesses online? Did you know that 58 percent of businesses nationally and 68 percent in Florida are not online? Meaning that if you have a business that is not online, and your customers are looking for you or someone who does what you do, you are losing a lot of business.

› Tourism panel approves $94.5M soccer, venues deal
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs raised their arms in victory Friday after winning a key tourism board's support for a $94.5 million package that includes a new stadium for a Major League Soccer team. "Teamwork makes the dream work," said Dyer, borrowing from a motivational book title. "Orlando nets a big goal."

› Gainesville's pension worsens, but officials expect a positive turn
Across the country, the recession’s impact on the stock market, a growing number of retirees with longer life expectancy and strong retirement benefit packages have combined to spell dire circumstances for many municipal pension programs. Gainesville’s pension plans for police/firefighters and general employees, which have historically been among the strongest performing in the state, have not been immune.

› Fans are watching Tampa Bay Rays on TV — a popularity that could pay down the road
Tampa Bay-Sarasota is the country's 14th largest television market and fans here tune in at higher rates than average. What's less clear is whether the Rays will ever be able to cash in on that popularity.

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