Thursday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
South Florida homes to gain $83 billion in value
It was a spectacular year for South Florida home values. Homes and condominiums in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties are expected to gain $83.3 billion in cumulative value in 2013, compared with a gain of $49.5 billion last year, according to the Zillow.com website. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Darden plans to split from Red Lobster
Darden Restaurants announced today it plans to separate from Red Lobster, either by selling the seafood chain or executing a spinoff of the brand to shareholders. It also plans to suspend new unit growth at Olive Garden and slow down growth at LongHorn Steakhouse. More at the Orlando Sentinel.
Column: A few good books could expand your business knowledge
The investment in your development as a leader and your employees’ development as individuals are essential to the sustainability of your business. Your company depends on what you know rather than what you own. And, what you know, from an organizational perspective, is tied to the knowledge and experience of your people. More at Florida Today.
Fatal crashes are falling across Florida
Preliminary data from the Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles shows fatal crashes are on the decline in 2013. There have been 2,202 statewide to date. That compares to 2,313 during the same time period in 2012. In all of 2012, there were 2,427 fatal traffic crashes in Florida. More at First Coast News.
Retailers help Florida soldiers get home for Christmas
Retailers have pitched in to make sure some Florida National Guardsmen have the transportation to get home for the holidays. The Florida Retail Federation on Wednesday announced that 10 retailers helped raise $35,000 needed to get the soldiers back to Florida. More at the AP.
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