Wednesday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
› Mortgage-forgiveness tax break expires, triggering new worries for distressed homeowners
It's deja vu all over again for struggling Florida homeowners: The massive tax break that saved them tens of thousands of dollars has once again expired. Underwater homeowners whose lenders let them sell their home for less than they owed have not had to pay taxes on that debt thanks to a law passed shortly after the housing bubble burst.
› UM seeks nonprofits to participate in marathon advertising event
The University of Miami School of Communication is seeking nonprofit organizations to work with students during its 5th annual PhilADthropy advertising event. During this 25-hour ad-a-thon that will be Feb. 7-8, UM communications students will provide free advertising and creative services to local nonprofits.
› Mid Florida Tech students win state hospitality competition
Four Orange County high school students who take classes at Mid Florida Tech have won a state competition showing they know hotel and resort operations inside and out. As a result, they are headed on to an international face-off.
› Pinellas County wants in on the craft beer craze
For years, the county has had a rule that put beer makers in a bind. But the sudden boom in craft beer's popularity in Florida, and in Tampa Bay especially, has changed the county's thinking, as did the half-dozen inquiries from beer makers interested in Pinellas locations.
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