Wednesday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
Consumer confidence among Floridians is on the rise, rebounding from a dismal reading the month before when the federal government shutdown was fueling pessimism. The University of Florida survey released Tuesday found that consumer sentiment bounced back to a reading of 76 in November, up from a revised reading of 70 in October. More from the Tampa Bay Times and UF News.
Florida is on track to set a record in the number of gun sales based on background checks being conducted. By the end of 2013, the state is on track to conduct nearly 800,000 background checks, that's double the number of background checks conducted in 2007. [Source: WEAR]
Between Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and three weeks of shopping from now to Christmas, shoppers have more options than ever to get all the gifts on their holiday lists. More from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, the Miami Herald and the Tampa Bay Times.
Federal authorities warned the public on Tuesday of holiday scams involving counterfeit products including cellphone accessories and luxury goods. "It always comes down to the adage: You get what you pay for," said Gerard O'Neil, the assistance special agent in charge in Miami of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations. [Source: AP]
Higher home prices in South Florida are reducing the need for so-called short sales, new data from RealtyTrac Inc. show. With home prices steadily increasing since early 2012, more South Floridians are regaining lost equity and don’t have to resort to short sales [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]
ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:
› Struggle continues with new Florida unemployment computer system
The majority of technical "glitches" that first confronted users of the state's overhauled unemployment computer system appear to have been smoothed out.
› Federal appeals court to consider if Seminole Tribe must pay gas tax
A federal appeals court is poised to take up a long-running dispute about whether the Seminole Tribe of Florida should have to pay state taxes on gasoline it uses on tribal lands.
› Dunedin to start pursuing other spring training teams
Wanted: One Major League baseball team looking for a good spring training home. Mayor Dave Eggers announced that he is going to start contacting teams that might be candidates to replace the Toronto Blue Jays if that organization pulls out of Dunedin.
› Key West to Cuba flights struggle to take off
Two years ago, U.S. Customs and Border Projection gave Key West the green light to resume flights to and from Cuba that had long been stifled by a ban on most American travel to the island after the Cuban Revolution. Yet not a single plane has taken off for the island since.
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