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State’s Tourism Agency Touts Visitor Increase


24 million tourists visited Florida in the second quarter of 2014. According to the state’s tourism promotion agency, Visit Florida, that’s a 3% increase from this time last year. Of the 24 million tourists who visited from April to June  2.8 million came from overseas and just over a million from Canada. Visit Florida says it’s the biggest second quarter visitation ever. In the second quarter of 2013, just over 23 million tourists came to the Sunshine state. Governor Rick Scott has set a goal of 100 million visitors per year to the Florida, and he’s pushed for the state to invest more in promoting Florida as a tourism destination. Last year just under 60 million tourists visited Central Florida.
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Judge To Take Up New Congressional Map


Florida’s congressional districts are back in court Wednesday. A judge will consider whether new district lines are lawful and whether there’s time to hold elections in new districts this year. Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis had ruled the districts unlawfully favor Republicans. He ordered the Legislature to redraw them. Deirdre Macnab is president of the League of Women Voters of Florida, one of the groups suing over the districts. She says the new map still needs more work. “And the judge was very strong in his language. He used words like, manipulate, conspire, shadow process. The Legislature has got to bear the consequences of that kind of unconstitutional action.” The plaintiffs want the court to consider redrawing the districts. …
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Coffee, Trucks, Photos and Spring Rolls


Joey Chase from Coffee Roaster’s Alliance is leading a coffee tasting and workshop where attendees will gain an understanding of flavor, aroma and chemical components and sample foods, flowers and herbs that share characteristics with the coffees being served. This takes place Saturday 11 to 1 at Credo Coffee at 706 W Smith Street in Orlando.
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Fishkind Commentaries | Florida’s Employment Divide: Why Are Bigger Cities Outpacing Smaller Ones?


A new trend is emerging in Florida’s employment numbers, and it’s caught the attention of 90.7 economic analyst Hank Fishkind. There’s a clear difference in how Florida’s larger cities are faring in terms of job creation and employment and how smaller cities are doing. This week, Fishkind looks at the factors pushing the state’s major metropolitan areas forward, and holding other regions back.
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Intersection | Orange County Commission District 2 Candidates and Annette Taddeo


Orange County voters head to the polls next week on Tuesday August 26. The primary ballot will decide who will fill some vacancies on the Orange County Commission and also ask voters to decided on Orange County charter amendments. Ballot 2014 coverage continues with a look at some of the candidates for Orange County Commission District 2. Also, 90.7’s Matthew Peddie speaks with Annette Taddeo, the running-mate of Gubernatorial Candidate Charlie Crist about the role of Hispanic voters this election cycle and her vision for her role as Lieutenant Governor if Crist wins.
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