Monday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Florida's local shops see holiday boom as malls struggle
As some of the state’s shopping malls struggle, many of Florida’s neighborhood shopping districts are experiencing a renaissance. Business district leaders, shop owners and real estate professionals say crowds are flocking to more eclectic collection of retailers and shops. More from the Orlando Sentinel.
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Off the waterfront: A plan for downtown Jacksonville
While much of the redevelopment effort for downtown Jacksonville focuses on the riverfront, Steve Atkins is looking a few blocks inland. “We haven’t had anything done from a retail standpoint in the core of downtown,” says Atkins. “That’s been a challenge, to make an impactful change in the core.” Now comes plans to redevelop four downtown properties. Full story here.
Specialty coffee roasters are moving in to Miami
Given South Florida’s international feel and proximity to coffee-producing Latin American countries, local roasters and retailers believe Miami, once dominated by lusty Cuban coffee, could be primed to become a big coffee capital. More from the Miami Herald.
Gambling ballot initiative tops 400,000 signatures
A proposed constitutional amendment that would make it harder to expand gambling in Florida has topped 400,000 petition signatures, while another proposal about felons’ rights is nearing that mark. More from the Naples Herald.
Florida gas prices expected to jump again
Florida gas prices are expected to increase this week, just as the holiday season is kicking into full swing. Prices have been declining for the past two weeks, and averaged $2.46 per gallon statewide Sunday, AAA reports. More from the Naples Daily News.
Food truck craze keeps rolling in Palm Beach County
The wildly popular roving restaurants that serve everything from cheese curds to doughnuts pull into Palm Beach County municipalities at least once a month, plying their sweet and savory treats. Many of the food truck round-ups are organized by outside companies that cities hire.
» More from the Palm Beach Post.
Online safety tips
This year, Cyber Monday is expected to be the largest online shopping day ever with $6.6 billion in sales, which means it's more important than ever to safeguard your online data. While you're busy thinking about holiday deals, cyber crooks will be working overtime to get their hands on your sensitive personal information.
» Read "Eight Steps to Keep Online Data Safe," from the IRS. Also find more information at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and WPTV.
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