Tuesday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
South Florida expected to create jobs faster than U.S.
South Florida will outperform the U.S. economy this year, with the region's job growth outpacing the nation's, according to a new forecast from the PNC Financial Services Group. That will encourage more people to move here and could fuel an already strong housing market. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Shad Khan's Shipyards plans include hotel, amphitheatre and office spaces
Shad Khan's vision for the abandoned 48-acre Shipyards property will include a mixed use district with public park space, a river walk and an enclosed practice facility, as well as the potential for residential, office, retail, restaurants, a hotel and a marina. More at the Jacksonville Business Journal and the Florida Times-Union.
The town that killed an outlaw
Take a trip into the past and learn how a notorious killer died at the Smallwood Store in Collier County. Writer Art Levy examines the lore and writes how the store – now a museum on the National Register of Historic Places – is still involved in disputes. Access the full story.
Oil is cratering but American oil production isn’t
A funny thing has happened during the bust. Oil production in America has been rising, as this chart of monthly oil production from the Energy Information Administration shows. In November, the U.S. produced 9.02 million barrels of oil per day, up 14.5 percent from November 2013. Read more at Slate.
Pop goes the age discrimination bubble
The popular narrative holds that age discrimination is off the charts and employers can’t shed workers past 50 quickly enough. Yet age-related complaints filed with the federal government fell for the sixth consecutive year in 2014. More from Money.
The North has given up. Battered by repeated snowstorms and below-freezing temperatures, the tourism office in Ithaca, New York, has stopped even trying to attract visitors. “That’s it. We surrender,” starts the message that began popping up at VisitIthaca.com Sunday night. “Due to this ridiculously stupid winter, Ithaca invites you to visit The Florida Keys this week. Please come back when things thaw out. Really, it’s for the birds here now.”
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