Florida's travel industry can smile when the snow piles up in the north. And it's about to pile up again. Hotels and resorts were already reporting strong bookings for this month and beyond as weary northerners long to trade their snow boots for flip-flops. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]
» Florida Tourism Day on Wednesday
Florida set an ambitious goal of providing one computer device for each public school student. The state is getting an education in what one school superintendent refers to as "disastrous implementations" of similar digital education programs across the country. Access full story here.
It’s easy to make a mistake, but saying your sorry is rarely enough to satisfy the IRS. Small businesses can innocently make tax mistakes that wind up racking up steep penalties, able to bruise or even bust their much-worked-for bottom line. Want to avoid the most common oopsies? [Source: CBS]
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has reduced the 2013-14 Florida orange crop by one percent from the February estimate to 114 million boxes, while the grapefruit and tangerine crops sustained larger percentage losses. [Source: My Fox Orlando ]
Miami, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, is the world’s most threatened coastal city when it comes to sea level rise. Its economy, infrastructure — just about everything is vulnerable. [Source: Here and Now]
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› Dolphins revive effort to renovate stadium [Miami Herald]
The Miami Dolphins want to stop paying property taxes for Sun Life Stadium in exchange for privately funding a $350 million renovation, a deal that would put South Florida in the running again for Super Bowls but also endanger about $3.8 million that funds schools, libraries and other government services.
› Gainesville startup wins SXSW competition, plans move to Austin [Gainesville Business Report]
Feathr, a Gainesville networking app startup company, won a “Relocate Your Company to Austin” competition at the South by Southwest expo in Texas over the weekend, beating out 300 other hopefuls for a spot at the table and four other Top 5 competitors for the prize.
› Florida Lottery provides lesson in mastering art of self control [Miami Herald]
Longing for luxuries is more likely diminish impulse-control, prompting spending rather than saving. Experts say many wealthy people have mastered the art of self control.
› Florida Tech is authorized to give EU pilot training [Florida Today]
The Florida Institute of Technology announced Monday that it is now authorized to give European pilot training to its students, something that could reduce the training time and costs for those with the desire to fly in the European Union.
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› New internships available to students with Zoo Miami [FIUSM]
It’s been a few months since FIU partnered up with Zoo Miami, and now students can reap the benefits of this collaboration. New internship opportunities with Zoo Miami are now available for FIU students.
› Humana hiring 140 in South Florida [South Florida Business Journal]
Humana has posted more than 140 job openings in South Florida as it ramps up for the state’s Medicaid managed care program.
› New FSU interim president names priorities [First Coast News]
Garnett Stokes' priority list is simple yet daunting. Stokes, named Florida State University's interim president on Friday, intends to make sure that the many initiatives begun under President Eric Barron continue full steam ahead.
› Cruise lines trying to get newcomers on board [Miami Herald]
With multimillion-dollar ad campaigns, brand partnerships, travel agent help and onboard innovation, cruise lines are desperately trying to woo newcomers from the more than 200 million other Americans who have never taken a cruise.