Friday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today.
Growth in the "sand states"Arizona, California, Florida, and Nevada are the states where homeowners enjoyed the most extreme runup in prices—until the subprime crisis sent the whole housing industry into its sharpest contraction in decades. Now these four states, which were most hurt in the real estate collapse over the past five years, are taking the lead in job creation. [Source: Businessweek]
CSI: The Experience
One of prime time's hottest television shows is coming to Orlando, with the debut of CSI: The Experience on International Drive.
The new attraction, set to debut next week sometime, uses characters from the show "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" to guide visitors through their own criminal mystery. Videos featuring the CSI cast lead "recruits" through the experience of solving a crime, from analyzing DNA and fingerprints to studying blood spatter. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]
"Fast casual" restaurants continue to defy poor economy
Fast casual — a segment of the restaurant industry typically defined by quick service but with higher-quality fare and decor than fast-food eateries — continues to defy the economy with powerful growth. Fast-casual restaurants now account for 14 percent of all sales in the quick-service industry (which includes fast-food restaurants), nearly triple their market share from a decade ago. [Source: Lakeland Ledger]
» FRIDAY PREVIEW: Coming next week to FloridaTrend.com:
» You'll find all these stories first on the Daily and Afternoon Pulse e-mails.