What the government shutdown & debt ceiling crisis mean to Florida
Far from being simply a Washington problem, there are tangible impacts of the shutdown on Florida’s economy. Several key Florida industries have already been hurt, including tourism, retail, and those sectors of the economy that require significant capital investment. Read the full Florida TaxWatch economic report.
Energy tax break for Florida businesses
Governor Rick Scott has asked Floridians for their ideas to lower taxes by half a billion dollars this year. Today the idea of lowering the cost of electricity for businesses was floated at the third annual energy conference. More at the WCT. and the Palm Beach Post.
Fort Lauderdale business offers online grocery shopping
Even though some of the biggest names in the grocery business have tried online shopping with mixed results, Sylvie Grattagliano thinks she has the business model to make it work. She's hoping the Fort Lauderdale business she started this month with her husband — DutyFreeFood.com — will gain traction with busy consumers. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Florida to keep in place school grading safety net
Florida is going to keep in place a controversial safety net provision for the state’s school grading system. The state Board of Education voted by a 4-2 margin on Tuesday to keep in place a rule that would limit a school’s A-to-F grade from dropping more than one letter at a time. More at the AP.
Big jubilee as Joe’s Stone Crab reopens, turns 100
Over the years, Princess Caroline of Monaco, former Presidents Bill Clinton and both George Bushes and actors and singers like Sean Connery and Madonna have all flocked to the venerable Joe’s Stone Crab. Tonight, the world-famous South Beach eatery swings open its doors for the season, celebrating its 100th anniversary. More at the Miami Herald.
CEO Sounding Board
"There were five pari-mutuels that got favorable referendums last year to add slots to our product. Being one of those five, I’m eager to see legislation pass that would allow me to have slots just as they do in Miami and Broward." Read more...