Friday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Florida's housing market continues positive trends
Florida’s housing market reported more closed sales, higher median prices, more new listings, fewer days on the market and the continued stabilization of inventory in January, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors. More from Florida Realtors.
BP settlement argument heats up in the Keys as payments halted
Attorneys for six Florida Keys businesses that claim they suffered financial harm as a result of the April 2010 DeepWater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico filed a motion in federal court this week to force BP to release money agreed to in settlement agreements. More at Keysnet.
Ag census shows boom in farm sales
Plant turns Disney food scraps into electricity
The plant, off-limits to the public, is at the receiving end of all the food waste that Disney's government-operations wing, Reedy Creek Improvement District, hauls in from the theme-park giant's eateries.
American agriculture has experienced a boom, with market values of crops, livestock and total agricultural products reaching record highs even as the amount of U.S. farmland declined, according to a new government survey. More at the AP.
Bollywood stars pitch Tampa Bay area to their fans
For the Tampa Bay area and the Bollywood film awards, word of mouth can be great advertising, especially when A-list movie stars are doing the talking. n Thursday, bay area officials unveiled a television commercial promoting Tampa Bay and the 15th annual International Indian Film Academy Weekend & Awards on April 24-26. More at the Tampa Bay Times.
Jacksonville is hot for startups
Jacksonville is attempting an image change. It's hoping to swap its reputation as a stodgy old Southern city with that of an emerging hub for startups. "Jacksonville's a hidden jewel for entrepreneurs," said Theodore Carter, executive director of the city's Office of Economic Development. "We have a young ecosystem here that's very welcoming to innovation and new business." More at KSPR.
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