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State to see short-term boon from baby boomers

Baby boomers retiring to Florida will be a boon to the state's economy and its budget through the end of this decade, according to a report by the Legislature's economic research arm. However, greater numbers of retirees may put a strain on the state after 2020. More at the Jacksonville Daily Record and see Florida's Office of Economic and Demographic Research.

Florida homeowners getting a chance to take a breath

The housing market is giving many Floridians time to catch their breath, something many of them haven’t been able to do since the economic nosedive began in 2007. Not only are more homes being constructed and sold, but the increase in home values is also giving some homeowners more choices. More at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

National tennis center coming to Fort Lauderdale


Crawford Entertainment

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Seminole County native Chad Crawford graduated from Full Sail University but bounced around doing odd jobs until he and wife Kristy mortgaged their home to launch Crawford Entertainment. As producer and host of a syndicated television and multimedia program, “How to Do Florida with Chad Crawford,” the third-generation Floridian has found his niche.

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The nation's oldest black amateur tennis association wants to build its first permanent home and training center in Fort Lauderdale's historic black Sistrunk Boulevard community. Once completed, the estimated $6 million facility — excluding land, with a specific site still to be determined — will add luster to an area that has been undergoing a renaissance in the past several years. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Most governors paid less than state execs

Governors hold the most glamorous title in state government, but they don't always get the fattest paycheck. State executives overseeing solid waste management, education or public utility regulation have higher salaries than their governors in some cases, according to a survey by the Council of State Governments. More at USA Today.

Japanese culture gets boost in South Florida

South Florida's Japanese population may be tiny, but its influence is large and growing, from comic books to crafts to karaoke. And now two universities are part of a new South Florida Partnership in Japanese Studies, which includes a $550,000 grant to be used throughout the region. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Education Technology
UF algebra app becomes a hit statewide

algebra nationAlgebra Nation is an app that offers Florida's teachers, students and parents a free, accessible, interactive 24/7 online resource and supplemental instructional tool aligned with the latest state standards. It has been used by 900 schools in all 67 Florida counties since the app launched in January. About half of all algebra instructors in the state have signed up for Algebra Nation.

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