March 2, 2015

Tuesday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 1/14/2014

› Who got a gift card this holiday season? Just about everyone
Call them impersonal and unimaginative, but gift cards were once again the most popular gift this holiday season. About eight in 10 shoppers bought a gift card, a foolproof way of ensuring people get just what they want. Holiday gift card spending was expected to reach $30 billion, about 5 percent of overall spending.

› Amid 'Blackfish' controversy, SeaWorld sets attendance record
Pushing back against speculation that fallout from the film “Blackfish” is hurting its business, SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. said Monday that its world-famous marine parks set a fourth-quarter attendance record and that it will soon report the highest annual revenue in its 50-year history.

› Report: additional Florida citrus production declines
The latest forecast shows continuing production declines for nearly all of Florida citrus, with citrus greening cutting production. In a Jan. 10 report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates the state’s production of oranges, grapefruit and tangerines will decline from 1%-6%.

› Florida State, University of Central Florida among top 50 best online graduate nursing programs
Two Florida universities rank among the top 50 schools in the country for best online graduate nursing programs, according to a national publication's annual report.

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