Wednesday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Seasonal hiring may set records this year
Retailers are hiring seasonal, part-time workers in record numbers this year, despite early predictions for a flat holiday season. Several chain stores already are hiring in record amounts. The hiring picture isn't all positive, however. More at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
Court backs Navy range off Jacksonville coast
A federal appeals court has rejected a challenge by environmental groups to a Navy plan to operate an undersea warfare training range 50 nautical miles off the coast of Northeast Florida. More at the Orlando Sentinel.
AutoNation rebound: Q3 sales hit another pre-recession high
AutoNation had a great third quarter for new vehicle sales, selling more than 76,000 units – the highest third quarter level since 2007. Sales for the Fort Lauderdale-based retailer have been climbing out of a deep cellar since the recession. More at the South Florida Business Journal and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Silver Springs opens as a new state park
Silver Springs State Park came into being when the operation of the property was turned over to the state recently. The property had served as a tourist attraction for decades. More at the Gainesville Sun.
Shutdown costs MacDill employees $400,000 daily
The shutdown of the federal government is costing MacDill Air Force Base's 1,500 furloughed civilian employees about $400,000 every day, the base commander said Wednesday. "That's a pretty incredible number on the backs of our" civilian workers, said Col. Scott DeThomas, chief of the 6th Air Mobility Wing at a morning news conference outside MacDill's main gate. More at the Tampa Bay Times.
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