August 21, 2014

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What you need to know about Florida today

| 9/9/2013

› Jim Greer: Political hotshot to prison jumpsuit
He once controlled the Republican Party of Florida, flying on chartered jets, drinking top-shelf bourbon and mingling with the rich and powerful. Now Jim Greer lives at Gulf Forestry Camp, a low-security prison in a remote patch of the Florida Panhandle and a world away from the life he lived as a confidant of former Gov. Charlie Crist.

› Tax coffers grow with higher values, fewer breaks
Rising home prices and an influx of investor-owners — a group that doesn't get Florida's homestead tax break — are boosting the taxable value of local governments' property-tax rolls for the first time in years.

› In wake of Visit Jacksonville call for new tourism philosophy, industry heads angle for action
After Visit Jacksonville CEO Paul Astleford said last week that community leaders are unintentionally hindering tourism growth, many in the city took his observations to heart and say now is the time for action. Astleford, whose organization is responsible for enhancing tourism in the Jacksonville area.

› Dolphins' new logo helps merchandise sales, but how much depends on winning
Long a laggard, the once-perfect Dolphins hope their new look and new players will improve their fortunes this season, which kicks off Sunday with a game in Cleveland. Last season, weak performance on the field contributed to the team's failing to rank among the top 10 for National Football League merchandise sales, according to sports business analysts.

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