October 25, 2014

Friday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 5/30/2014

Has Florida found the secret to saving the economy?

Florida is surging because tourism leaders massively reinvested in their businesses throughout a recession that took statewide unemployment to 11.4%. When consumers had money again, Orlando and Miami had new stuff for tourists to do, from Harry Potter to Legoland, with new attractions opening every season. [Source: Marketwatch]


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SunRail is one of the commuter rail projects underway in Florida. » Report

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The rise of commuter rails in Florida

Florida has been making changes to its traditional transportation system in order to decrease vehicle congestion, and to provide new transportation and recreation amenities to residents and visitors alike. Full story.


Light vetoes predicted when Gov. Rick Scott signs Florida budget

Florida Gov. Rick Scott's veto pen is looking more like a scalpel as signs point to him trimming a fraction of spending in a record-high $77.1 billion election-year budget. [Source: Times/Herald]


One in five Floridians say they would not leave for a hurricane

Nearly one in five Floridians say they would not evacuate for a hurricane, and of those who say they would evacuate, they won't go until a Category 3 or higher is on the way, AAA said today. [Source: Palm Beach Post]


Florida tops in completed foreclosures

Florida continues to lead the nation with the number of completed foreclosures while maintaining the second-highest percentage of distressed homes. A total of 121,338 foreclosures were closed in Florida during the 12-month period ended in April. [Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune]


ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:

› Miami nonprofit hopes to raise $100,000 for public graffiti project
Josh Stutt wants to see Miami’s most prominent neighborhoods filled with graffiti. Stutt has seen the local art scene flourish during the last few years, and he’s always wanted to support the city’s graffiti artists.

› Miami leaders to discuss doing business with India after historic elections
Indian chamber leaders plan to hold a seminar on Friday to discuss how to do business with the Asian country after historic elections.

› State prepares to spend $2.5 million on Stauffer Chemical Superfund site
Now, after a $21 million cleanup and containment effort, the former home of the Stauffer Chemical plant is open for business. The state is preparing to spend millions of dollars on improvements to the property.

› Lockheed to acquire Astrotech's Space Coast unit
Lockheed Martin Corp. has signed a deal worth $61 million to acquire Titusville-based Astrotech Space Operations, a longtime satellite payload processing subcontractor for the Space Coast's launch industry, the companies said Thursday.


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