October 23, 2014

Monday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 2/24/2014

› Consultant blamed for Florida's bungled jobless website won another contract
The vendor blamed for the website that locked thousands of Floridians out of their unemployment benefits was awarded a $31.6 million contract by another state agency, despite being significantly underbid.

› Scuba dive operators see business rebound in improving economy
Five years ago, talk of "diving'' among scuba diving outfitters had as much to do with their revenues as it did their underwater adventures. But as the economy has continued to improve in the past year, so has the scuba business.

› Switching it up to connect startups to big customers
It’s usually the startups that are taking the stage at pitching contests and demo day events, managing their nerves while hoping their presentations will catch the attention of potential investors, partners or customers. But SwitchPitch, a new event that came to Miami, turned that upside down.

› Pinellas officially a 'high tourism impact' county thanks to strong 2013 bed taxes
The good news, long expected by tourism officials, is finally official: Pinellas County has become Florida's sixth "high tourism impact" county. Pinellas collected $31.8 million in tourist development taxes in calendar year 2013.

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