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Intersection: Jobs Summit, Tourism Development Tax and DeBary’s Troubles

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File photo: Florida Gov. Rick Scott

File photo: Florida Gov. Rick Scott

Governor Rick Scott holds a college to career summit in Orlando. The summit was touted as a way to prepare students for the growing job market in Florida, but is a college degree what you need for the kind of jobs that are growing here? Sanford Burnham, the high tech medical research company that touched down in Lake Nona a decade ago wants to leave.

Air BnB is collecting TDT taxes for Orange County. It’s not expected to add much to the county coffers, so why is it important? Meanwhile, the debate continues over how to spend tourism development tax dollars. Should more go into the convention center? Is there a way to channel more of those funds towards the cash-poor arts?

Uber is ubiquitous. Taxi companies don’t like the car service, but some cities are embracing Uber adding incentives to try and get the service to link riders to mass transit like SunRail. Will Uber and similar services soon be the only game in town?

FDLE officers seize emails from DeBary as that city’s political woes continue, and Brevard County tackles LGBT protections for students.

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Matthew Peddie

About Matthew Peddie

Host of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director

Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of earthquakes, criminal trials and rugby ... Read Full Bio »