Tuesday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today.
Florida may create nation's largest private prison populationFlorida, which oversees the third- largest U.S. prison population, would have more inmates in private lockups than any other state under a plan that a divided Senate will consider today. The bill, which would put up for bids the operation of 27 prisons and work camps, is intended to save $16.5 million a year by increasing the number of inmates in private prisons to more than 25,000, about a quarter of those behind bars. Florida spends $268 million running the facilities, according to a Senate analysis. While the proposal is supported by Governor Rick Scott, whose fellow Republicans control 28 of the chamber’s 40 votes, its passage is not certain. [Source: Businessweek]
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Bill Grimm, Professor of Practice in Entrepreneurship and Negotiation at the Crummer Graduate School of Business says:
"Almost all entrepreneurs have a fear of passing up what they perceive to be an opportunity, and they spread themselves way too thin."
Valentine's means business for florists, restaurants
Fort Lauderdale florist Buddy Shaw expects a stronger Valentine’s Day this year. But the calendar gets more credit than the economic recovery does.
The reason: a midweek Valentine’s Day often catches men by surprise, forcing them to pay a premium for delivered flowers. For a Saturday or Sunday Valentine’s, they have a full day to pick up cheaper chocolates or stuffed animals. [Source: Miami Herald]
With NBA All-Stars coming, west Orlando gets a scrubbing
When an estimated 50,000 visitors come to Orlando for the NBA All-Star Game later this month, city officials don't want the City Beautiful to look like the City Trashy.
In advance of the event at the Amway Center, city employees, volunteers and even state prisoner road crews will be working furiously to give Parramore and west Orlando a good scrubbing.
[Source: Orlando Sentinel]
Performing horses get the star treatment in Miami
Before taking the stage in Miami, the stars of the show are taking it easy away from the bright lights of Miami. Forget about a chair on a gorgeous beach. They’re happy with a roll and some hay. The 71 horses performing in Normand LaTourelle’s Odysseo appreciate the break at the 315-acre Peninsula Farms in Ocala before getting to work under a huge tent being set up at Bicentennial Park in downtown Miami. [Source: Miami Herald]
Sarasota's Real Digital Media signs deal with theater chain
Real Digital Media says it has reached a deal with one of the country's biggest theater chains to provide a package of digital signs.
The company's deal with Rave Cinemas encompasses movie posters that play embedded trailers and box-office signs that will give updates on seating availability.
[Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune]
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