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Floridian sentiment increases as perceptions of economic conditions improve

Consumer sentiment among Floridians increased in November to 68.3, up 1.9 points from a revised figure of 66.4 in October. On the contrary, national sentiment decreased over two points. All five components that make up the index increased. Conducted October 1 through November 20, the UF study reflects the responses of 219 individuals who were reached on cellphones and 252 individuals reached through an online panel, a total of 471 individuals, representing a demographic cross section of Florida. [Source: UF News]

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Teachers say they can't live and work in Florida anymore

Florida teachers are leaving the state and their profession. They blame unrealistic workloads, restrictive laws and stagnant pay. Andrew Spar, president of the Florida Education Association, pointed to a growing number of teacher vacancies, nearing 7,000, or 900 more at the start of this school year compared to last. However, the Florida Department of Education estimated vacancies to be closer to 5,000, as they have a different method for counting open positions. [Source: WUSF]

Florida taking aim at lease tax

One of the biggest parts of a $1.3 billion tax package passed this spring will take hold Friday: a cut in Florida’s commercial-lease tax from 5.5 percent to 4.5 percent. Projected to save businesses $219.3 million this fiscal year, the tax is slated to be further lowered to 2 percent next year as part of a 2021 deal. For groups such as the National Federation of Independent Business-Florida, that isn’t low enough. [Source: News Service of Florida]

Florida Supreme Court rules that cops can’t hide identity behind Marsy’s Law

Florida police officers will not be able to shield their identity behind Marsy’s Law, the 2018 constitutional amendment meant to protect victims of crimes after the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday ruled against the Florida Police Benevolent Association. The ruling stemmed from two incidents in Tallahassee in 2020 in which officers both shot and killed a person while on-duty. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]

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› St. Petersburg First Friday block party is canceled indefinitely
For more than 20 years, on the first Friday of every month, traffic would be stopped on two blocks of Central Avenue for a block party featuring live music and vendors selling beer and food. But unless some deep-pocketed sponsors come to the rescue, the popular gathering is likely going away, organizers said.

› With holiday shopping well underway, Gainesville businesses prepare for final push of year
While many consider Black Friday to be the official start of the holiday shopping season, surveys show that more than 40% of people are finished by the end of November. Gainesville business owners say they've seen a similar trend, having catered to some early shoppers but still expecting many to wait until the final weekend before Christmas.

› Surpassing all metrics: SpaceX launch window set for record 67th launch of 2023 at Cape
Look for another SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to take flight late Friday night or early Saturday morning from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and Federal Aviation Administration navigational warnings show a SpaceX Starlink rocket launch window will open at 11 p.m. EST Friday.

› Airlines deliver new flights, new routes and more passengers to South Florida — but not everybody is staying
Since the passage of the COVID-19 pandemic, South Florida has enjoyed a status as one of the first U.S. vacation destinations to fully welcome visitors fleeing the dreariness of lockdowns, the rawness of inclement weather, and travel barriers posed by stifling international travel restrictions. For the second straight year, airlines have loaded up on Florida routes to bring northerners to the state’s sun-drenched beaches and dining and entertainment attractions. Fare-cutting remains widespread to extend traveler appetites for flying.

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› All Points to build large spacecraft processing complex at NASA's Kennedy Space Center
All Points, a Merritt Island aerospace-logistics company, plans to build spacecraft processing facilities measuring more than half a million square feet across 60 acres south of NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center. The company's Space Prep division hopes to open the complex in 2026. Plans call for a 260,000-square-foot spacecraft processing center with high bays to handle large spacecraft and nosecone fairings up to 10 meters in diameter.

› Dakin Dairy Farms, East Manatee County staple, listed for sale after decades milking cows
Jerry Dakin is selling the Dakin Dairy Farm in East Manatee County, but the former Florida Farmer of the Year said he hopes to find a new owner who can continue the legacy of the popular milk brand. Every day, Dakin and his staff manage a herd of more than 3,000 cows on his 350-acre farm and produce milk and milk products that can be purchased at stores across the state.

› Four Miami restaurants, one in Fort Lauderdale named best new spots in U.S.
One Fort Lauderdale and four Miami-area restaurants, including the reboot of an old favorite in Coral Gables, have been named the best new restaurants of 2023 by Yelp. The website and mobile app, which crowd sources reviews about restaurants, has released its Best New Restaurants of 2023 list, and Florida had the most spots on the list (California had four).

› UNF study reveals big economic impact for Northeast Florida
The University of North Florida makes a difference and makes an impact — at least that’s what an FY 2022 Economic Impact Study is proving. On this episode of This Week in Jacksonville: Business Edition, we’re specifically talking about the public university’s economic impact on Northeast Florida. President Moez Limayen unveiled economic study results — compiled by economist Albert Loh, the associate dean of Coggin College of Business — showed a massive impact in the previous year.