April 21, 2015

Wednesday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 3/12/2014

› IRS scam surfacing in Northeast Florida
With tax season kicking in to gear, so does the threat of tax-related scams, with one showing a recent surge on the First Coast. The Northeast Florida Better Business Bureau says over the last 2-3 days, more than half a dozen people have reported getting a call from someone claiming to be with the IRS.

› Red Lobster spinoff would bring large debt, filing says
A Red Lobster spin-off company would assume significant debt as part of the deal, according to documents filed with federal regulators. The filing by Orlando-based Darden Restaurants did not give specifics but said Red Lobster Seafood Co. "will be a highly leveraged company."

› Palm Beach County leads state in insurance customers barred by Citizens clearinghouse
More Palm Beach County residents are being shut out of state-run insurer Citizens than those of any other county in the early going for a new clearinghouse, company officials said Tuesday.

› Odyssey Marine Exploration turns a profit in the fourth quarter
Tampa treasure hunting firm Odyssey Marine Exploration salvaged a profit out of its fourth quarter, buoyed by the sale of silver it recovered from the SS Gairsoppa shipwreck off the coast of Ireland.

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