September 16, 2014

Tuesday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 9/16/2014

Florida's 'Gray Belt' a glimpse at nation's future

Having a high concentration of elderly citizens has its trade-offs. You get an engaged citizenry with high voter turnout and volunteerism, but also an economy based on low-skill jobs such as health-care aides, retail clerks and food service workers. [Source: AP]

H. Lee Moffitt
H. Lee Moffitt
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H. Lee Moffitt is a 'Florida Icon'

A few moments with H. Lee Moffitt, attorney, former speaker of the Florida House and namesake of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, Tampa; age 72: “The amount of politics in medicine is always amazing to me. It’s about turf. It's about ego. It’s about money." Access full story.

Medical marijuana: 3 things employers need to know

Florida voters won’t have their chance to fully legalize medical marijuana until Nov. 4, but business owners are already sweating. See employers’ top three questions about medical marijuana at the South Florida Business Journal.

Gas prices continue to fall

Nationally, the price at the pump is at its lowest point in seven months, AAA reported Monday. Gasoline prices fell for the sixth consecutive week, while oil had its lowest Friday close since May 2013. More from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and the Florida Times-Union.

States will get millions to fight labor violations

The U.S. Department of Labor on Monday awarded $10.2 million to nearly two dozen states to beef up enforcement of a labor scheme that companies employ to evade their tax obligations. [Source: McClatchy]


› Office Depot moving its stock to Nasdaq market
Office Depot is leaving the New York Stock Exchange to list its stock on the Nasdaq. The office supplies retailer said Monday that its stock will stop trading on the NYSE at the close of business on Sept. 25.

› Yacht manufacturer could bring 380 jobs to Brevard
A luxury yacht manufacturer is considering opening a plant on Merritt Island, and employing 380 people there by 2018.

› California tech company completes move to South Florida
Stemtech International moved its headquarters from San Clemente, Calif. to South Florida with promises to create about 90 jobs.

› Sarasota's name recognition grows with top 10 lists
Online ranking accolades — though often strange when combined — have continued to pile up in Southwest Florida. Sarasota, its hotels, beaches and other venues have seen a steady rise in top rankings year after year.

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