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Florida cruise industry grows again, becomes $46B economic driver

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Cruises and related activities continue to be some of Florida’s biggest economic drivers. Last year, travelers spent more than $8 billion in Florida on cruises and related items, which the Miami Herald says made up 38 percent of the $21 billion spent in the United States on such trips. According to Legislative IQ powered by Lobby Tools, the cruise industry supported 146,401 jobs in 2014, paying $6.82 billion in wages, a growth of 8.4 percent over 2013. Total income – through direct…

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Janet Cruz cruises in H-58

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Democrat Janet Cruz won an easy victory in a special election for the District 58 state House seat today. Cruz replaces Michael Scionti, who resigned from his post in December to take a job with the U.S. Department of Defense. Among those at Cruz’s victory party: State Rep. Ron Saunders from Key West, the incoming House minority leader. Saunders said the party has high hopes for flipping some Hillsborough House seats to Democrats in the November elections. One of the…

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