Chinese, the new Florida snowbirds
Investors looking to snap up dwindling real estate deals in Florida are finding themselves facing unexpected competition — from China. With popular property markets like Vancouver and Toronto showing significant signs of softening, Asian investors seem to be shifting their focus south of the border. [Source: The Toronto Star]
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Legal feud over Spanish-language TV
What began as a highly-touted affiliation between a new Spanish-language national television network and a popular independent local station in Miami has dissolved into a legal dispute of David and Goliath proportions. [Source: Miami Herald]
Gasoline prices at the pump expected to decrease
With gasoline inventories at their highest levels in nearly two years, prices at the pump should begin to decline in coming weeks, industry analysts say. That forecast runs counter to a trend in recent years that shows U.S. retail gasoline prices generally spike between Christmas Day and mid-January. [Source: AP]
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Florida agricultural organizations are fighting to restore millions of federal dollars lost when the U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass the 2012 Farm Bill before the 112th Congress ended earlier this month. "I'm not big on the ‘nanny state' of government, but some items do require a national oversight to prioritize and coordinate efficient efforts," said Ted Campbell, executive director of the Florida Strawberry Growers Association in Dover.