2014 Outlook

What will make headlines in 2014? 
We look ahead at the coming year.

More football in South Florida.

Our cities will get a little more air-time on ESPN this year. The first-ever Miami Beach Bowl will be played at Marlins Park in December, and the Boca Raton Bowl will debut at FAU Stadium shortly before Christmas.

A Florida gubernatorial 

Incumbent Gov. Rick Scott will take on a Democratic opponent on Nov. 4. The election will likely be a showdown between Gov. Scott and Democrat Charlie Crist.

Trader Joe’s comes to town.

The national grocer, which has developed a cult-like following for its budget-friendly uncommon food items, will make its grand entrance into South Florida this year, opening in Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Wellington, Palm Beach Gardens and Pembroke Pines.

All eyes on the tropics.

Despite a predicted active season, the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season went down as the sixth most inactive hurricane 
season since 1950. Conversely, the Pacific typhoon season was one of the most active in history. NOAA will issue its new outlook in May, before season begins June 1 to Nov. 30.

Better Medicare.

The quantity of Medicare Advantage Plans with above-average rankings will triple in Broward and Palm Beach counties this year, giving seniors more choices for quality health care, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

The Air Show must go on.

The Lauderdale Air Show recently made headlines, as it was canceled for 2014 due to complications with flights at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. However, the popular Stuart Air Show will go on. Plans are already underway for the Nov. 1-2 show.

A growing job market.

If trends continue, South Florida income and employment should rise this year. The latest stats released in late November showed Florida leading the country in job growth, adding 45,000 jobs during the month of October with an unemployment rate at 6.7 percent. The report showed a 6.3 percent rise in job-related income in Palm Beach County and a 5.2 percent jump in Broward County.

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