Wednesday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
Florida’s budget to take big hit as sales taxes collapse
Florida’s finances are about to get hit. Hard. That’s because some of the industries that have been forced into near-complete shutdowns as part of the effort to slow the spread of the new coronavirus are also some of the same industries that Florida leans upon most heavily to prop up the state budget. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]
Analysis: Florida ranks 3rd in U.S. in taxpayers' return on investment
Florida taxpayers are getting a significant return on their investment, according to an analysis released Tuesday by the personal finance website WalletHub. The analysis ranked Florida third on its list of states and taxpayers' ROI for the taxes they pay in those states. WalletHub sought to find out whether people in high-tax states receive superior government services compared to low-tax states or whether low-tax states are more efficient in the services provided. [Source: The Center Square]
Is medical pot essential? Yes, as Florida dispensaries stay open amid pandemic
As Florida municipalities and counties have started to close nonessential businesses in an attempt to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, they have exempted what are deemed “essential” businesses like healthcare providers, gas stations, banks and news outlets. But what about medical marijuana treatment centers? They’ll remain open for business. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]
Florida attorney general investigating Norwegian Cruise Line’s coronavirus sales pitch
A “Consumer Protection” investigation from Florida attorney general Ashley Moody’s office is looking into misleading statements from Norwegian Cruise Line to potential customers about the coronavirus. “We are in the thick of a public health crisis like our modern world has never experienced,” Moody said in a statement. “My Consumer Protection Division is conducting an extensive investigation to get to the bottom of the disturbing allegations against Norwegian Cruise Lines. [Source: Miami Herald]
Closed attractions find ways to reach out and teach
If you can’t go to the alligators, then Gatorland will bring the alligators to you. No, the longtime Orlando attraction is not ramping up a reptile-delivery service. It is introducing two daily productions streamed to stay-at-home folks created by the coronavirus pandemic. Temporarily closed attractions are using internet and social-media platforms to entertain and educate. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]
ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:
› What could be Pasco’s next sports attraction?
A Zephyrhills man is making a run a what he hopes will be Pasco County’s next sports-tourism attraction. Bernard "BB’' Roberts’ Fast Sprint Quick LLC is proposing to build a "state-of-the-art, world-class track facility and professional athlete training facility'' in Wesley Chapel.
› Sarasota businesses may see $4.4 million relief from county
Sarasota County Commissioners are considering giving out $4.4 million to help keep businesses open and also narrow the scope of the coronavirus’ hit on the local economy. That could come from a pot of money set aside to help diversify the economy during the Great Recession.
› Key West is empty. No tourists, no bars — and no income for struggling workers
This time of year, Key West’s Duval Street teems with tourists. They’re peeling off big bucks for booze, food and tips. Now, with the coronavirus pandemic, the Southernmost City has been left without its economic engine. The tourists are gone. And no one knows when they will be allowed back.
› Business transforms into online music school
Music Compound is now offering online lessons for current and future members. According to a press release, the executive team of the Sarasota-based business transformed its business model within 24 hours to an online music school. In the past, Music Compound provided in-person music lessons for all ages.
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