August 4, 2020

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Consumer confidence rebounds in Florida

Consumer confidence rebounded among Floridians in June, reflecting rising optimism about their economic situations. Sentiment among Florida consumers had plunged earlier this year after the state economy shut down from the coronavirus pandemic. While they remain concerned about their personal financial situations a year from now, consumers showed stronger confidence about the future of the U.S. economy and whether now is a good time to spend money on a big-ticket item, according to the University of Florida’s Consumer Sentiment Index. More from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and WOFL.

These laws go into effect in Florida today

More than 100 new laws will hit the books Wednesday from the 2020 legislative session, with issues ranging from expanding school vouchers to increasing fines for bear poaching. Out of 156 bills Gov. Ron DeSantis had signed into law as of Tuesday afternoon, 112, including the state’s new $92.2 billion budget, will take effect Wednesday, the start of the state’s fiscal year. More from the Tampa Bay Times.

Miami construction jobs hit record high

As unemployment in Miami-Dade fell slightly in May to 11.3% from 11.8% in April at the peak of the virus-induced shutdown, sunshine bathed one industry: construction jobs hit an all-time high here. Construction rose to 54,800 jobs in the county in May, the most for any month in US Bureau of Labor Statistics records, up 3,800 from April and 1,600 more workers than a year earlier. More from Miami Today.

New website exposes businesses ignoring coronavirus rules

With coronavirus cases on the rise, inquiring minds want to know which businesses are following the rules aimed at slowing the spread of the virus and which aren’t. Broward County wants to help get the word out. On Wednesday morning, the county launched an online dashboard on its website. You’ll be able to see whether a complaint has been filed claiming your favorite restaurant, hair salon, gym or any other spot is breaking the rules. More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Design and manufacturing company expands into Pasco County

An engineering and manufacturing company with offices in Tampa and Arizona has decided to invest $2.09 million in a new office in existing space off Gunn Highway in Pasco County. The Pasco Economic Development Council welcomed Baymar Solutions to Pasco’s business community this week. The company’s website lists its operation as research, design and manufacturing for bio-medical and high-tech companies. More from the Tampa Bay Times.

Travel Trends
Traveling through Florida this July 4th weekend? Here’s what you need to know

 With a long weekend ahead of us, Floridians may be considering a short in-state trip — especially since states including New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are requiring visitors from Florida to quarantine for two weeks. So where can you go, what’s open and are masks required?

» More from the Florida Times-Union.


In the band: marketing pro bangs a drum in her spare time

floridaharon Kunkel, 50, is a marketing and public relations professional in Sarasota. She started her own agency, Wordslinger Marketing & PR, more than five years ago. When she’s not working, Kunkel plays drums and sings in the classic rock band Version 3.0. The band plays at restaurants and bars, as well as at nonprofit and corporate events.

» Read more from the Business Observer.

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