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May 26, 2018

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Report: Florida is falling behind in many areas

A new report released by the LeRoy Collins Institute Thursday concludes that Florida is falling behind not only the rest of the country but also the South in key areas, from teacher salaries to high-wage jobs to adequate roads. More at the Tampa Bay Times and the Bradenton Herald and read the full report.

RealtyTrac: Buying a home still beats renting

The rental market remains strong after the housing bust. Although monthly costs of buying remain lower, many people prefer to rent to stay mobile for new jobs and to avoid unpredictable maintenance costs. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and the Miami Herald.

The legacy of Lilly: Pulitzer auction to showcase style

Publisher's Column

Luring business to Florida

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Some critics do not understand that business is competition. Any company relocating to Florida — or one staying here instead of moving — makes its decision based on what’s best for its own business, not to be nice to the governor.

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Lilly Pulitzer's collection of furniture, knickknacks, paintings and decor is being auctioned Saturday in West Palm Beach. The event is expected to draw a parade of fans from near and far, with many flying in from out of town to place bids on Pulitzer's belongings, left behind when she died in April at 81. More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Florida school to host new indy sitcom

Actor, Rob Schneider, who is best known for his roles on SNL, Deuce Bigalow, The Waterboy, and Big Daddy, is using Full Sail University as the host location and production headquarters for the filming of his new show. More at WTXL.

Retailers are tracking shoppers' behaviors

Retailers are using mobile-based technology to track shoppers' movements at some malls and stores. The companies collecting the information say it's anonymous, can't be traced to a specific person and no one should worry about invasion of privacy. But consumer advocates aren't convinced. More at the Tampa Bay Times.

South Beach Wine & Food Festival

emerilLike Art Basel, the Miami Marathon and the Winter Music Conference, the South Beach Wine & Food Festival brings tens of thousands of visitors and millions of dollars into South Florida. And much like Basel’s off-site pop-ups and WMC’s after-parties, the food festival, which opens its four-day run on Thursday, also has spurred a spillover of unsanctioned, unofficial events.

» Full story from the Miami Herald

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