Legislature's ethics bills still have loopholes
Kelli Stargel sometimes must evict tenants from the rental properties she and her husband own in Polk County, a process that can be cumbersome. But it might soon be getting easier - Stargel, in her other job as a state senator, is sponsoring a bill that critics contend would take away rights from millions of Florida renters. Under Florida law, that's not a conflict of interest. And she's not alone. More at the AP.
Lee County leads nation in job sprawl
The Cape Coral-Fort Myers area leads the nation in job sprawl: the dispersal of employment toward the fringe of the urban area and away from central business districts. That’s the conclusion of a study released today by the Washington-based nonprofit Brookings Institution, which analyzed how jobs migrated in the top 100 U.S. metro areas from 2000 through 2010. More at the Fort Myers News-Press.
Sarasota Bradenton convention center closed
Banking on clean air for business success
Over the past seven years, the company has sold more than 10,000 industrial air purifiers at about $2,000 to $6,000 each. In March, Airocide began selling filterless air purifiers to consumers for about $800 each.
The Sarasota Bradenton International Convention Center has hosted its final show. Owner Oscar Parsons has closed the 120,000-square-foot center, a former Sam's Club membership store, saying he could not attract enough business to turn a profit. More at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
NY firm wants incentives to build Jacksonville facility
Railex USA is seeking more than $8 million in city and state incentives to build a facility in Jacksonville that would create 310 full-time jobs. The Railex facility would create 200 jobs by the end of 2014, and create all 310 by the end of 2018. The average salary would be $47,851. More at the Jacksonville Business Journal.
AutoNation profits spike; repair rebound lags sales
A recovering auto industry still needs its garages to shake-off the recessionary blues. AutoNation, the Fort Lauderdale-based chain of auto dealerships that is the nation’s largest auto retailer, announced a 14 percent spike in profits Thursday morning, thanks in part to a 12 percent increase in revenue from vehicle sales from the year before. More at the Miami Herald and the AP.