Big investment firms are buying Florida single-family foreclosures in bulk, expecting to profit twice: First by renting out the homes and then by reselling them in a few years. Read the full story here and see also:
The concept of an encore career is being buoyed by a convergence of trends: financial realities, layoffs, long life spans and the desire for a more purposeful existence during the aging process. An encore career job might be a nurse or health aide. It could be a teacher, tutor or fundraiser, founder of a nonprofit, or even an entrepreneur that solves a social problem. For many, it has become the answer to “now what?” and “what will be my legacy?” [Source: Miami Herald]
We all know that public servants such as police officers, firefighters and teachers make Florida a better place to live and raise a family. It's time to add the employees from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to that list. DEP has made a concentrated effort to develop a more effective method to protect the diverse ecosystems spread throughout our great state. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]
Reaching a 100-million visitor-a-year milestone would create 121,298 jobs, and increase overall personal income for Floridians by $5.3 billion, a Florida TaxWatch study released Tuesday says. More from the Fort Myers News-Press and Florida TaxWatch.
NASA is balking at plans by Space Florida to build a new commercial launchpad near Kennedy Space Center, and now state officials — in both Tallahassee and Washington -- are racing to persuade the space agency to change its mind. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]
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ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:
› Department of Business and Professional Regulation warns of timeshare scam [Tampa Bay Times]
State business regulators issued a warning to consumers Tuesday to beware of con artists who are attempting to defraud the already hurt victims of timeshare resale scams.
› Lake Mary pasture may be developed for luxury homes [Orlando Sentinel]
Gray Hudson calls the view from his backyard a "little piece of paradise." But Hudson and his neighbors are concerned about a developer's plan to build up to 142 two-story homes on the 116 bucolic acres called L&L Acres Ranch.
› Workers head for the football field to relax [Miami Herald]
Young professionals are leaving the office at the end of the work day and running to the playing field to stay fit and socialize. One company, Play Hard Play Social Club Sports, offers adults the same opportunity children have – to play one of their favorite sports on a weekly basis in an organized league.
› ReStockIt.com acquired by Acme Paper & Supply Co. [Miami Herald]
ReStockIt.com, a Davie-based ecommerce supplier for small-to-medium sized businesses, has been purchased by Acme Paper & Supply Co., a Baltimore-based distributor of packaging, supplies and equipment for janitorial, foodservices, manufacturing and retail industries.
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› Marlins hire new PR firm [Miami Herald]
Maybe a new slogan will help? The Miami Marlins on Tuesday announced the hiring of a new public relations firm to help with the team’s battered image on the heels of jettisoning star players and renewed backlash against tax dollars used to build the team’s new baseball park.
› Jacksonville mayor wants to invest $9 million in downtown [Florida Times-Union]
Using savings generated by refinancing municipal bonds, Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown said Tuesday he wants to invest $11 million in economic development projects.
› Pasco hires headhunting firm for county administrator search [Tampa Bay Times]
County commissioners chose a Tallahassee headhunting firm Tuesday to help find a replacement for retiring Administrator John Gallagher, and began planning to involve community leaders in the hiring process.
› Sarasota County offers to buy springs for $2 million [Sarasota Herald-Tribune]
The Sarasota County Commission unanimously decided to offer the city of North port $2 million for its half interest in Warm Mineral Springs. The money would come from the county's share of revenue from the tourist attraction until the amount is paid in full.