Monday, November 24, 2008

FLORIDA DIGEST November 24, 2008

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Miami Herald
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-Committed couples
My wife and I marked our 26th anniversary during the summer. Of the couples we know who have been together longer than we have, most are gay.

South Florida Blade
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-Sea Monster opens; At The Boulevard closes
Club news throughout South Florida
Sea Monster, the Fort Lauderdale institution of nightlife, has officially re-opened in its original location on the Las Olas River. The club had originally closed when real estate investors wanted to use the property for a condo development of some sort; but now that the market is having some rather unfortunate troubles, that deal isn't moving forward-which means the club is safe (for now), and it's open for business once again.

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-Florida unemployment highest in 15 years
Florida's unemployment is at its highest point since December 1993, according to a report released today by the state's Agency for Workforce Innovation. Florida's unemployment rate rose in October to 7 percent, exceeding the national rate of 6.5 percent.,0,7421918.story

-Soft-drink company put up hard fight against Broward County
Deal after 6-year fight with county has firm leave Plantation base Broward County Click here for restaurant inspection reports government has seldom encountered a fighter as dogged as the maker of Shasta. National Beverage Corp. wanted to stay in its headquarters at One University Drive in Plantation, even though the county bought the building from its landlord. Its legal challenges have stretched over six years. A high-profile team of lawyers sought as much as $62 million in damages from the county.,0,4748769.story

Miami Herald
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-Two Democrats trade barbs to win Broward leadership post
Now that Broward Democrats are finished ripping Republicans, they're ready to rip each other.
Former U.S. Rep. Peter Deutsch is challenging Mitch Ceasar for chairmanship of the county's Democratic Executive Committee. The job includes no paycheck but carries clout: The chairman recruits candidates, fires up activists and mingles with everyone from presidential contenders to local hopefuls in Florida's Democratic stronghold.


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