When it comes to open government, Florida has been a national leader but there are already more than 1,000 exemptions to the state’s open government laws. And bills have been filed looking to add more. Another bill aims to strengthen the Sunshine Laws. Read more from the AP and the Palm Beach Post.
Most people have very little tucked away for retirement, and many aren't even trying to figure out how much they'll need later in life, a new national survey reveals. [Source: USA Today]
There are a lot of reasons to live in Florida: sunshine, beaches, Walt Disney World … and taxes? When it comes to the best states to be a taxpayer, Florida is ranked among the best with an average annual state and local tax payout of $3,648. More at the Laker/Lutz News and Wallethub.
» Florida 29th in sales tax rates
Last March delivered South Florida’s best ever hotel performance, with properties packed at sky-high rates. This year is shaping up to command even more money from winter-weary visitors willing to pay top dollar for hot destinations. [Source: Miami Herald]
Jeb Bush gets the question at just about every public appearance these days: Will you run for president? The former Florida governor gives a well-worn answer: "I can honestly tell you that I don't know what I'm going to do." It's an answer that won't satisfy the GOP faithful for much longer. [Source: AP]
ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:
› Costs rise more in South Florida than U.S. [South Florida Sun-Sentinel]
The consumer price index for all urban consumers in Broward and Miami-Dade counties was up 1.6 percent in February from a year ago compared to the national increase of 1.1 percent during the same time, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said.
› Florida Hospital to expand biomedical research with new building [Orlando Sentinel]
Florida Hospital is taking the next step in making biomedical science part of its growing Health Village near downtown Orlando with construction of a $55 million research building.
› Florida lands 10 of the top 25 best beaches in the U.S. [South Florida Sun-Sentinel]
Why should Dr. Beach have all the fun? While his famous best beaches in the U.S. list for 2014 won't come out until Memorial Day weekend, the folks over at TripAdvisor have corralled their user reviews to come out with their second annual Travelers' Choice Awards including the Top 25 Beaches, not only in the U.S., but for the World.
|FLORIDA BEACHES that made TripAdvisor's Top 25 Beaches in the U.S.|
|3||Siesta Key Public Beach - Siesta Key, Florida|
|9||Saint Pete Beach - Saint Pete Beach, Florida|
|11||Caladesi Island State Park Dunedin, Florida|
|14||St. Augustine Beach - Saint Augustine Beach, Florida|
|17||Bahia Honda State Park and Beach Big Pine Key, Florida|
|19||Pensacola Beach - Pensacola, Florida|
|20||Beach at Panama City - Panama City Beach, Florida|
|21||Clearwater Beach - Clearwater, Florida|
|22||Lido Beach - Sarasota, Florida|
|25||Navarre Beach - Navarre, Florida|
› South Florida’s first coding school launching in Miami [Miami Herald]
Wyncode, a nine-week immersion-style development boot camp teaching students computer programming and how to create their own web apps, will begin its first class in early May at The LAB Miami, a campus for creative entrepreneurs in Wynwood.
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› Commercial real estate making strides despite office vacancies [South Florida Sun-Sentinel]
Office vacancies remain elevated across Palm Beach County, though space in some of the most desirable buildings is becoming scarce. Palm Beach County's vacancy rate dipped to 19.8 percent in 2013 from 21.6 percent the year before.
› Collector car auction breaks sales record [South Florida Sun-Sentinel]
Auctions America generated more than $21 million in sales at its collector car auction in Fort Lauderdale this past weekend, making it the most successful event in South Florida for the company.
› Sarasota County tweaks rules on rural growth [Sarasota Herald-Tribune]
Developers looking to build a village in east Sarasota County may soon be able to do so on smaller pieces of land and count stormwater ponds and lakes toward the county’s open space requirement.
› Miami-Dade commission approves Jackson Health System employee bonus [Miami Herald]
Jackson Health System employees should see a 2 percent bonus in their paychecks in about two weeks after Miami-Dade commissioners on Tuesday approved a series of contracts with labor unions representing workers at the county’s public hospital network.