September 18, 2014

Friday's Afternoon Update

What you need to know about Florida today

| 10/25/2013

Shutdown delays federal tax refunds

The Internal Revenue Service is pushing back the start of the federal income tax season until at least late January. That means tax refunds will be delayed, as well. Blame it on the partial government shutdown earlier this month. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]


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Rental rush

rental rush

The condo boom in Miami-Dade County crushed construction of rental apartments, and investors who purchased apartment buildings did so in order to convert them to condos. The county’s inventory of rentals plunged.

Once the bust began to clear, however, demand soared for rentals, vacancies plummeted and rents began to rise.

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Port Everglades expansion announced

Port Everglades is expanding as part of a project to help ports around the country accommodate vessels after the Panama Canal is widened in 2015. Earlier this month, Gov. Rick Scott said he will push for nearly $35 million to make improvements to Port Everglades and two other ports in budget proposals next year.[Source: AP]


Publix to sell 14 Pix locations

Publix Super Markets is selling Pix, the fuel and convenience store concept it began testing in 2001. The Lakeland grocery chain has 14 Pix stores in Publix-anchored shopping centers in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee, including one at 10809 Starkey Road in Seminole. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]


» FRIDAY PREVIEW: Coming next week to FloridaTrend.com:

  • Manufacturing: Not Made in China: Some Florida companies are moving their manufacturing operations back to the Sunshine State.
  • Made in Florida: From “black” boxes to recreational submarines; manufacturing in Florida by the numbers.
  • Green Trends: Slow PACE: A program the state approved three years ago makes it easier and cheaper for consumers and businesses to pay for energy-efficiency retrofits.
  • Florida Lifestyles: Rise of the pastry chef; skydiving execs.

» You'll find all these stories first on the Daily and Afternoon Pulse e-mails.


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just ask boo Readers use the email newsletter Just Ask Boo, which has editions in Miami-Dade (two), Broward and Palm Beach counties, to ask each other for recommendations about everything from camps and physicians to dealing with cranky preteens and divorces. Subscriptions are free, but access to past (non-anonymous) recommendations costs $5.95 a month.

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