Monday’s Daily Pulse – Florida Trend
Florida unemployment rate drops to 3.3%
Florida’s employment picture continues to improve, while the state employment agency predicts conditions will slow to a more “stable” pace over the next two years. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity released a report Friday that said the state’s unemployment rate in February was 3.3%, down from 3.5% in January. Additionally, the number of people classified as unemployed fell by 15,000 in February, while the size of the labor force increased by 22,000. [Source: News Service of Florida]
Want to cut the electrical cord? In Florida, it’s not that easy
In Florida, the answers are elusive as to whether you can really disconnect from the grid. Misinformation is rampant, and few government officials tasked with authorizing a disconnect have a clear understanding of what is allowed and what is not. Rooftop solar systems allow a growing number of consumers to produce all their electricity and even earn money at the end of the year for unused electricity sold back to the grid at their utility’s full retail rates. . [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]
Spring break crackdown puts focus on Florida’s future
Miami Beach officials have spent the past few years trying to control the loud crowds, public drinking and increasing violence associated with the notorious South Beach neighborhood during spring break. Business owners say they are being unfairly targeted by regulations, and civil rights advocates say the city is trying to scare away black tourists who make up most visitors. [Source: AP]
How the pandemic ‘revenge trip’ is giving South Florida tourism a big boost
You wouldn’t imagine: there really are a lot more people visiting and vacationing in South Florida than ever before, including before the pandemic. Spring break and postcard-worthy weather have helped draw tourists here in this busy spring season, but it’s not just vacationing college kids sprawling on the beach and filling the hotels, downtown restaurants and bars. South Florida is also seeing more and more families, including parents bringing their kids for spring break or those who haven’t been able to go on a family vacation for the past few years. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentiel]
Training Champions on Florida Golf Courses
Scotland may be the birthplace of golf, but Florida is its hub. The Sunshine State has 1,281 golf courses, according to a 2020 count from the National Golf Foundation, stretching from Key West to Jacksonville and all the way to Pensacola. Even if you cut out The Villages’ 54 golf courses, California No. 2 still trails more than 150. Whether it’s a high-priced round at TPC Sawgrass, which hosts the richest event on the PGA Tour, or a historic property like The Breakers, or a fast nine in Florida’s friendliest hometown, a typical year finds over 48 million cartridges in Florida. [Source: The Villages Daily Sun]
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› New dog event planning company in Pensacola claims to be first in Florida
Kim and Jessica Wolford are your typical everyday dogs. With their five dogs, Marie Laveau, Oreo Pie, Mama Mia, Hugh Twos and Victor, you can imagine there is rarely a dull moment in the Wolford household. “We own a lot of dogs, obviously,” Jessica Wolford said. “Dogs like to be out in public with their owners, and people want to take their dogs with them. There are plenty of dog-friendly businesses in Pensacola, but there’s not much to do. by sit the owner.” So they decided to do something about it.
› Basquiat draws crowds to the Orlando Museum of Art, but the questions haven’t gone away
A month after a New York Times article shed light on doubts about the authenticity of works in the Orlando Museum of Art’s Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibit, the chair of the institution’s board of trustees says she unequivocally supports exhibit and museum director Aaron De Groft, who brought the works to Central Florida.
› Southwest Florida Airport Increases in Monthly Traffic Report
Passenger traffic at Southwest Florida International Airport continues to increase. The latest data: Traffic increased by 58% in February compared to February 2021. A total of 1,149,618 passengers passed through the airport, under call letters RSW, during the month. Year-to-date, passenger traffic is up 55% year-on-year, according to a statement.
› Spectators cheer as the USS Orleck arrives in downtown Jacksonville
The USS Orleck arrived in Jacksonville March 26 at its temporary home along the Jacksonville Riverwalk near the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel. A line of spectators along the shore cheered as the Orleck was pushed into place by a tug just before 1 p.m. and the American flag was hoisted over her bow.
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