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Floridians’ confidence soars in Dec.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Jan. 3, 2017 – Consumer sentiment among Floridians surged up 6.9 points in December to 97.2, according to the latest University of Florida (UF) consumer survey. It's the highest reading since March 2015 and second-highest since February 2004 – before the Great Recession of 2008.


All five of components that make up the index increased.


Current conditions

Perceptions of one's personal financial situation now compared with a year ago rose 1.4 points, from 81.5 to 82.9. Opinions as to whether now is a good time to buy a big-ticket item such as an appliance jumped 8.2 points, from 92.6 to 100.8, with a particularly strong increase among those 60 and older.

"Perceptions of present conditions have largely improved as a result of the buying conditions in the holiday shopping season in conjunction with the strength of the state's economy," says Hector H. Sandoval, director of the Economic Analysis Program at UF's Bureau of Economic and Business Research.


Future expectations

The future also looks bright to survey participants: Expectations of personal finances a year from now rose 2.9 points to 104.4. Expectations of U.S. economic conditions over the next year increased 11.6 points, from 88.1 to 99.7, and expectations of U.S. economic conditions over the next five years increased 10.2 points, from 87.9 to 98.1.


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Miami Jewish Film Festival

The best of international cinema returns to Miami when the Miami Jewish Film Festival takes over the city for its milestone 20th year, bringing 64 films from 20 countries, and hosting 50 filmmakers and special guests, including Academy Award-nominee Nancy Spielberg, Emmy Award-winning director Roberta Grossman, Emmy Award-winning actor Stuart Margolin, and Goodwill Ambassador of Israel and sports legend Tal Brody, amongst others.


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Ocean Drive: The Underline Is Revitalizing a 10-Mile Pedestrian Walkway & Bike Path under the Metrorail

Miles of unexplored and deserted ground beneath the Metrorail will become Miami’s first linear park, urban trail, and art playground when The Underline springs to life.


Within the last decade, the Magic City has quickly become one of the leading innovative art and culture hubs in the country, with thoughtfully curated projects like the Pérez Art Museum Miami, National YoungArts Foundation, Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, and more spread throughout the area. Enter, now, The Underline.


With a mission to transform the underutilized and desolate stretch below the Metrorail (a dual-track, elevated rapid transit system that provides service to Miami International Airport and runs from Kendall through South Miami, Coral Gables, and downtown Miami), The Underline will take the less-than-friendly 10-mile pedestrian walkway and bike path from a no man’s land to a labyrinth of thriving natural habitats, inviting fitness zones, and even a blank canvas for local artists to leave their mark with murals, sculptures, installations, and performance art.


Soliciting the help and partnerships of Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places, Friends of The Underline Art Advisory, and Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces, as well as $200,000 in funding from ArtPlace America, The Underline is kicking off its artistic initiative this month featuring contemporary works by four Miami-based artists: Bhakti Baxter, Naomi Fisher, Nicolas Lobo, and Agustina Woodgate.


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Kicking 2017 off with an artistic bang, on January 14th, be on the lookout for the unveiling of interactive art installations by four Miami-based artists: Bhakti Baxter, Naomi Fisher, Nicolas Lobo, and Agustina Woodgate, along The Underline path.


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