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One week after Irma, Rick Scott says ‘we’ve got to get tourists back’

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With so much of Florida’s economy tied to tourism, Rick Scott believes it is essential the state get back to normal as soon as possible following Hurricane Irma, making the state inviting for visitors to return.

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State economists see tourism growth cancelling out lagging housing starts

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Nothing emerged during a numbers-crunching exercise by state economists Tuesday to change the economic picture the Legislature will confront this year — growth in tourism and slack housing starts will offset each other as overall growth produces about $31 billion in general revenues. “Those are going to compensate for each other. So, overall, you end up about where you were, on the same path where we were heading,” said Amy Baker, coordinator for the state Office of Economic and Demographic Research.…

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St. Pete will purchase the Carter G. Woodson Museum

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The City of St. Pete will purchase the Carter G. Woodson Museum for $663,000. St. Pete City Council approved the purchase price during its meeting Thursday. The issue came up after the St. Petersburg Housing Authority announced its decision to sell the property and dissolve itself as the museum’s landlord in order to shore up funds for other housing projects. According to city staff, the selling price was vetted independently by the city through two separate appraisals that actually came…

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Construction picks back up, but it’s a different gig now

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As Florida’s housing market tanked seven years ago, construction worker David Rager saw jobs dry up. So he left construction, along with 2.3 million others nationwide during the economic downturn, and got a job installing traffic signals and street lights. “I couldn’t afford to sit at home for a month here and a month there,” said Rager, 53. Now Rager is back in construction, working with a crew on a custom-built home in Orlando, framing walls “and doing a little…

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Sunday’s editorial pages

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A back-to-school theme finds its way into many of the editorials found in today’s Sunday papers. St. Petersburg Times – USF students brave ethical stands worth of notice: At least twice this year, students at the University of South Florida have been put in the difficult position of deciding whether to overlook superiors’ wrongdoing or tell the truth. In the end, they demonstrating more integrity than their superiors. They should be commended by USF and the community. Daytona News Journal…

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