Friday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
Despite a huge public investment aimed at creating a high-tech economy, Florida continues to lag the nation in many measures of scientific prowess, the National Science Foundation said Thursday. Floridians are less educated than Americans as a whole, and Florida companies are far less likely to attract venture capital. [Source: Palm Beach Post]
South Florida pay went up 2.4 percent in 2013, higher than the 2 percent national average, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Thursday. Only the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area had a higher increase in wages and salaries -- 3.5 percent -- last year, according to the federal agency that surveyed the nation's 15 largest communities. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]
Hang gliding at Wallaby Ranch
Adventurous couples looking to spice up their Valentine’s take to the sky for adventures in Florida. At this article, you'll find ideas such as hot air balloon rides for couples, hang gliding for two or trying the flying trapeze. We give prices and have website links for each adventure. More...
Metropolitan areas across the United States — whether their primary mass transit system is a metro rail or a commuter train or a bus network — are recognizing that city residents can't get by on great rush-hour service alone. They need frequent, reliable transit all hours of the day and long into the night. [Source: The Atlantic]
Enterprise Florida is ramping up its national campaign to promote Florida as "the perfect business climate" and includes a 30-second television ad to be broadcast nationwide that features, among others, Gov. Rick Scott. The ad is part of a $1.25 million ad campaign and that includes a new website and a glossy wrap-around cover ad being attached to 1,000 copies of Fortune magazine that also features the governor. [Source: Times/Herald]
ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:
› Private flood insurance plan being reviewed in Tallahassee
As thousands of coastal residents worry about higher flood-insurance rates, an effort to attract more private insurers to offer flood coverage in Florida may go back to the start of the Senate review process.
› Toyota lands naming rights at famed Daytona
Toyota Motor Corp. on Thursday became the first company to land a naming rights deal at the revamped Daytona International Speedway. The Japanese automaker and International Speedway Corp., which owns the famous Florida track, announced the sponsorship deal at the Chicago Auto Show.
› Florida Cabinet meets at State Fair
Gov. Rick Scott formally opened the Florida State Fair and held a cabinet meeting on the Tampa fairgrounds as a way to highlight the state's agricultural heritage.
› One year after debut, CNN Latino to close down
One year after its debut in Tampa and nationwide, CNN Latino is shutting down. The ambitious Spanish-language programming block, a CNN-affiliated gamble at winning America's flourishing Hispanic market, will end later this month.
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