Recent Florida Matters episodes

Giving in a Troubled Economy (December 19, 2008)
piggy bank

Along with mounting unemployment in Florida and around the nation come reports that more and more people are calling on the nation's noprofits for services. But while demand increases, the pool of potential donors shrinks as individuals and...

The Plunging Housing Market (December 12, 2008)
House bank

For nearly a year, home buyers and sellers alike have been wondering: how much farther is the bottom of the housing market? There were some positive signs last month when the Florida Association of Realtors released October's existing home sales...

Florida's Healthcare in '09 (December 5, 2008)

Some estimates say 20 percent of Floridians have no health insurance. The rising cost of healthcare - and the number of uninsured - are issues that were at the forefront of the presidental campaign and a focus of Gov. Charlie Crist's 2008...

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...

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