August 20, 2014

Friday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 11/8/2013

› Doral shoots to the top in one real estate ranking
Florida’s priciest housing market is... Doral? That’s the conclusion of a recent study by Coldwell Banker, one of the state’s top real estate chains. The No. 1 standing seems to defy the well-known dynamics of South Florida real estate, where coastal markets fare best and suburban locales, including Doral, typically offer more affordable homes.

› Orange tourist-tax collections hit record $187 million
Orange County has good news for both hoteliers and fans of Orlando's sports and performance venues: Tourist-tax collections hit a record $187 million this year. Revenue from the 6 percent nightly room tax is a barometer for the health of Orlando's tourism industry.

› More than 100 Andy Warhol works coming to Dalí Museum
A historic Andy Warhol exhibition is coming to St. Petersburg. With a wigged, bespectacled staff and music by the Velvet Underground as a backdrop, Dali Museum executive director Hank Hine announced that the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh will loan more than 100 works for "Warhol: Art. Fame. Mortality."

› Major conference group cancels Miami Beach convention plans
One of the largest professional foundations, with 33,000 members worldwide, has cancelled its 2016 conference in Miami Beach due to the chaos two recent decisions have reaped on the city’s plan to overhaul its convention center.

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