Friday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Florida consumer confidence tumbles to lowest point of the year
Consumer sentiment among Floridians plummeted 4.8 points in August to 88.2, according to the latest University of Florida consumer survey. This is the lowest reading in the last year, and all five components that make up the index declined. More at Florida Trend and the Tampa Bay Times.
Florida leaders’ calls for crackdown on public corruption go unheeded
For years, a small group of top Florida political leaders quietly prodded the federal government to be more aggressive in rooting out political corruption in the state capital. The bipartisan group, led by Florida’s senior statesman, former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham, got a polite thank you from the U.S. Department of Justice — and nothing more. More from the Times/Herald.
FEMA again rejects Scott's algae state of emergency request
The Obama administration has once again refused Florida Gov. Rick Scott's request to declare a federal state of emergency because of algae blooms on the St. Lucie River. More from the AP and the Orlando Sentinel.
Jacksonville's Tech Coast Conference credited with linking industry insiders, needs to expand more
While organizers of the Tech Coast Conference were thrilled that about 800 people attended the event Aug. 17 in Jacksonville, they’re assessing the real impact the conference had on the local technology industry beyond the numbers and say it’s basically planted a stake in the ground. More from the Florida Times-Union.
UCF delays downtown campus by a year
UCF has decided to delay opening its downtown Orlando campus to August 2019 — a year later than planned, the school reported Thursday. The decision was made to avoid opening the campus in the middle of an academic year, officials said. More from the Orlando Sentinel.
Juvenile Pre-Arrest Diversion Programs
With the national debate on criminal and juvenile justice shifting away from costly and ineffective tough-on-crime rhetoric, Florida TaxWatch - the state's premier nonpartisan, nonprofit taxpayer research institute and government watchdog - has proposed numerous solutions in this area to safely and efficiently protect taxpayers.
» More at Florida Trend.
U.S. Travel Association ESTO Conference
More than 800 travel professionals will be in Palm Beach County this weekend for the U.S. Travel Association Educational Seminar for Tourism Organizations conference. This will be ESTO's first run in South Florida and second in Florida during its 34-year history.
» More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel
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