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Holiday Retail Outlook (November 28, 2008)
 
Illustration of a family Holiday shopping

Black Friday - the day after Thanksgiving - is often recognized as the beginning of the holiday shopping season. It's the day retailers offer deep discounts and early-morning hours to entice consumers to spend. And, given the current economic...

 
The Challenges of Coastal Living (November 21, 2008)
 
bed on the beach

Scientists, academics, city managers and officials from around the globe gathered this week in St. Pete Beach for the first-ever Coastal Cities Summit, an effort to explore the challenges facing cities along the world's coasts and share...

 
Tourism Checkup (November 14, 2008)
 
Illustration of tourists

Tourism plays a large role in Florida's economy. The state House Committee on Tourism and Trade reported in 2007 that tourism generated $4 billion in sales tax revenue and employed nearly 1 million people. But airlines are cutting back on flights...

 
Election 2008 (November 7, 2008)
 
Election 2008
Election 2008

The long contest for president is over and the 111th Congress is nearly set. In Florida, the next state Legislature is decided and voters have amended the state's constitution several more times. Now attention turns to moving our communities, our...

 
Renewing ELAPP (October 31, 2008)
 
Aerial view of land

Near the bottom of an already long ballot, voters in Hillsborough County will be asked to consider a local referendum to extend the county's Environmental Land Acquisition and Protection Program. In place since 1987, the program has purchased 44,...

 
The Amendments 2008 (October 24, 2008)
WUSF TV/DT Presents: The Amendments 2008: A Florida Matters Special Edition

Once again, Floridians are facing changes in the state's constitution. This Florida Matters Election Special offers citizens helpful analysis of amendment language and explains how voting "yes" or "no" may affect the political makeup of Florida...

 
Constitution

Florida voters once again face a bevy of constitutional amendments on the ballot next month. The six proposals address everything from the definition of marriage and property tax exemptions to allowing local option taxes for community colleges....

 
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