September 17, 2014

Tuesday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 8/26/2014

All eyes on governor's race in Florida primary, turnout is key

When voters go to the polls in primary elections across Florida on Tuesday most attention will be focused on the race in November for the state's governor's mansion, shaping up to be one of the most contested - and expensive - in recent memory. More from Reuters and the Washington Post.

See also:
» Voter's Guide for the Florida Primary Election
» New Florida Law Brings Shorter Lines But Same Amount of Early Voters
» Primary will test Crist's support among Democrats
» Column: Why I can’t vote in Florida’s primary election


Florida Trend Exclusive
Foreign trade lending tightens

John Rodriguez, a past president of the Florida International Bankers Association, a current member of its foreign trade committee and its representative to the Miami-Dade International Trade Consortium, talks about the impact of stricter lending standards on Florida’s economy. Access full story.


Opting out of testing would come at a cost for school districts

A handful of Florida districts are talking about skipping state-required tests this year, including the new Florida Standards Assessment replacing most of the FCAT. But skipping the tests could mean losing money for the school districts.[Source: WLRN]


Florida Retail Report: Orlando leads urbanization trends

Orlando’s downtown population has grown at a faster rate than other downtown areas in Florida, according to the 2014 Florida Retail Report, released Monday in Orlando. In general the report said Florida’s recovering economy, tourism sector and employment rates are supporting growth in retail. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]


All aboard? Not quite yet as work starts on Florida fast train

Preliminary work has begun for construction of a $2.5 billion express passenger train between Miami and Orlando. All Aboard Florida, as the project is called, is expected to begin operations in two phases: first between Miami and West Palm Beach in 2016 and then between West Palm Beach and Orlando in 2017. [Source: Bradenton Herald]



ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:

› IKEA brings megastore (and its meatballs) to Miami area
IKEA Miami will open its doors Wednesday in Sweetwater, the behemoth Swedish home furnishings retailer’s 39th store in the United States. Under construction for more than a year, the store is IKEA’s largest on the East Coast and its second-largest nationwide.

› The light of the future, coming to you from Bradenton
Between his thumb and index finger, Beacon Products' Perry Romano holds a wireless transceiver the size of a Frito snack chip. When plugged into 18 tiny light emitting diodes, it'll shine light into the parking garages of the future.

› Disney files patent applications to use drones in its theme parks
Has Disney decided to go all in with the U.S. military’s anti-terrorism efforts? After all, why else would the company file patents to use drones?

› Burger King in talks to buy Tim Hortons
Burger King is in talks to buy doughnut chain Tim Hortons and create a new holding company headquartered in Canada, a move that could shave its tax bill.


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