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Tuesday's Afternoon Update

Citizens' policies dip below 1 million

Citizens Property Insurance Corp. announced Monday that efforts to allow private companies to take out bunches of policies at a single time contributed to the reduction, and that the start of a clearinghouse last month to shop new policies to select carriers will further reduce the number. More at the Orlando Sentinel and the Fort Myers News-Press.


Gas prices stable, but big increase is expected

Gas prices have been fairly stable so far this year, but AAA is predicting that they could rise close to 50 cents this spring, peaking at about $3.75. Gas prices changed little over the past week. Nationally, the average stayed at $3.28. In Florida, it dropped 2 cents to $3.31. More at the Florida Times-Union.


Lawmaker: Shift Florida Lottery Into Gaming Commission

Service Design

Reinventing customer service

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What would happen if people around the world got together to brainstorm revolutionary, innovative ways to serve customers better?

You can come to the first Sarasota Service Jam to find out.

» Full story from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune

As lawmakers look at overhauling the state’s gambling landscape, a new gaming commission could include a shift of management for the 25-year-old Florida Lottery. Sen. Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, on Monday suggested the Department of Lottery be placed under a proposed five-member gaming commission that would be appointed by the governor. More at CBS Miami.


Questions about Jacksonville's natural gas boom

The sudden interest in building and operating liquid natural gasification plants in Jacksonville raises a natural question: Why here and why now? People in the know aren’t sure exactly why Jacksonville is leading the LNG pack on the country’s East Coast, but clearly the port makes Jacksonville an attractive place to produce LNG. More at the Jacksonville Business Journal.


Dominican, Florida companies to talk $2.5B in trade

On Feb. 23 Dominican Republic will host a delegation of 130 business leaders from 32 companies in Florida, the Caribbean nation’s main trading partner. More at Dominican Today.

Out of the Box
Ski lessons in the Sunshine State

skiEvery year before Thanksgiving, workers at Bill Jackson's turn the dive shop into a ski store, hauling in bibs and bindings and tearing down the back wall. There, across from the dressing rooms, is a man-made mountain — okay, a two-story hill — where more than 10,000 Floridians have learned to ski.

» Full story from the Tampa Bay Times