Wednesday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
After being hit early and hard by the Great Recession, Florida rebounded in 2013 to lead the nation in economic growth, fueled by an increased demand for housing. Better housing prices, in turn, have boosted consumer confidence among Floridians to its highest level since the recession began in 2007. More from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
U.S. food prices are expected to rise more rapidly this year after a very tame 2013, led by gains in beef, poultry and egg prices, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Tuesday. [Source: Reuters]
Researchers at a South Florida botanic garden want to return the state's orchids to their former glory. When railroads first came to Florida in the late 1800s, the plants were among the first resources exploited. Now, after more than a century of logging and harvesting, it's rare to find them growing in the wild here. [Source: NPR]
During Women’s History Month, we recognize the individual successes of female leaders throughout history, as well as the overall improvement of work and personal environments for women over time. [Source: Florida Today]
A special Florida legislative commission approved $20.8 million in state economic incentives for “Project Magellan,” an aviation company that plans to bring 1,800 jobs to Melbourne International Airport paying an average of $100,000 a year. [Source: Florida Today]
ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:
› $3M study of Florida's springs planned
Two University of Florida institutes and the St. Johns River Water Management District are starting a three-year $3 million study of the impact of pollutants on Florida's springs.
› Virgin Group raises $1.7 billion for Miami cruise line
Richard Branson’s Virgin Group has raised most of the $1.7 billion it needs to build two ships and launch Virgin Cruise from PortMiami, the billionaire British entrepreneur says. Much of the investment money has come from the Middle East.
› South Florida construction contracts surge in February
McGraw-Hill Construction data for February shows a strong gain in construction contracts awarded to residential and nonresidential projects in South Florida.
› Tampa Bay Rowdies unhappy with the condition of Al Lang Stadium
With less than a month to go until opening day, the Tampa Bay Rowdies soccer club filed a list of grievances with the city about their home turf, Al Lang Stadium.
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