October 19, 2021
Florida Business News

Florida's unemployment fund gets boost from online sales tax

Florida’s unemployment trust fund has gained back about a half-billion dollars since a new law began requiring out-of-state online retailers in July to collect sales taxes on purchases made by Floridians.

Florida lawmakers are fighting to restore endangered species status for manatees

The DeSantis administration is asking state lawmakers to allow it to spend nearly $4 million to help Florida’s suffering manatees, which have been dying of starvation at a frightening rate.

Annette Taddeo launches campaign to be Florida’s first Latina governor

After months of open speculation and exploratory meetings around the state, Miami state Sen. Annette Taddeo is making it official: she is running to be Florida’s next governor.

Gas prices in Florida are about to hit their highest levels of the year

Crude and gasoline futures prices have risen to their highest levels of the year, and that spike will produce gas prices above $3.20 a gallon.

Vacation rental issue re-emerges in legislature

The bills say, in part, that the regulation of online vacation-rental platforms “is preempted to the state,” which would take away local authority to regulate platforms such as Airbnb.

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Spook Hill: Central Florida’s legendary road
Spook Hill: Central Florida’s legendary road

In Lake Wales, the gravity hill is an optical illusion where cars appear to roll up the spooky hill. The attraction is adjacent to Spook Hill Elementary School, which adopted Casper The Friendly Ghost as their school mascot. Spook Hill was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2019.

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