Orlando-area rents rising faster than any other big city

Average rents in Central Florida grew to $1,472 in November, a 4.4 percent increase over the last year. (David Zalubowski / AP) Home and apartment rents in Metro Orlando are rising faster than any other major city in the country, according to a report released Thursday by Zillow. Average rents in Central Florida grew to… Read more Orlando-area rents rising faster than any other big city

Yuma growers adopt safety labels for romaine lettuce after E. coli outbreak

You’ve heard the warnings, but here’s why this strain of E. coli is particularly hard to avoid. USA TODAY (Photo: undefined undefined / iStock) Romaine lettuce is being tagged with new consumer-protection labels to help reassure people that it is safe to eat after a nationwide E. coli outbreak. Lettuce growers in southern Arizona and… Read more Yuma growers adopt safety labels for romaine lettuce after E. coli outbreak

5 actions Orlando may take to build new affordable housing, rehab existing units

A shortage of affordable housing units is growing in Central Florida, a region where the economy is driven in large part by low-income workers who power the booming tourism industry. Affordable housing units are defined as those whose rent and utilities are cheaper than 30 percent of a household’s income. In 2016, the most recent… Read more 5 actions Orlando may take to build new affordable housing, rehab existing units