Monday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
Large employers are starting to turn their profits into new employees, buoyed by higher consumer confidence and Florida's economic recovery. In the uncertain economy of recent years, many businesses held onto profits and were reluctant to hire. But more companies, especially in South Florida, are showing a higher degree of confidence. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]
A court fight over Florida's political landscape kicked off Friday, as attorneys for the Republican-controlled Legislature and groups suing them clashed over the question of whether legislators intended to thwart the will of voters when they drew new districts for congressional seats in 2012. [Source: AP]
Home construction in Palm Beach and Broward counties continues at a modest but unspectacular pace, though it isn't lack of demand that's holding back builders. The biggest headaches: labor and land constraints. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]
Nearly 8,000 people are expected to attend the 41st conference and trade show of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International in Orlando. Day-of tickets will cost more than $1,000, and the public is not invited. Currently, only military and public agencies, including universities, are allowed to fly working drones. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]
Nowadays, many companies operate with fewer employees and tighter budgets than ever before, so there's not as much willingness — or time — to let novices come up to speed gradually.
Rapid technological changes mean that some employees are much more computer-savvy but also that ideas of etiquette may differ widely. [Source: New York Times]
ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:
› South Florida-based banks loaning more — billions more
As the economy improves, banks headquartered in South Florida are loaning more money to businesses and individuals — billions of dollars more. The 10 largest with branches in Broward or Palm Beach counties all expect lending to increase in 2014. Most are already showing dramatic increases.
› As their markets change, so do Northeast Florida farmers' crops
The farmers who once grew little but cabbage and potatoes are having to change, having to try new and some old crops to keep their farms in business.
› Seminoles plan to spend $100 million this year
The 500-room Seminole Hard Rock Hotel runs at 98 percent capacity. On Fridays and Saturdays, more than 40,000 people shuffle through the Hollywood casino complex. So the Seminoles are making some upgrades and renovations. The total outlay for 2014 for the tribe's seven properties: $100 million.
› Hardluck Homestead lags in housing recovery
It seems that Homestead’s trajectory was never destined to be a straight line. Flattened by Hurricane Andrew in August 1992, the rural community struggled for years to get on track. Fifteen years later, a speculative homebuilding boom on cheap farmland turned into a spectacular bust.
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