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Florida consumer confidence hits lowest level in more than five years

Published: Dec 21st, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The housing crisis, a declining stock market and higher gas prices are all to blame for a two-point drop in Florida’s consumer confidence to 74, its lowest level in more than five years, a new University of Florida study finds.

UF studies show home buyers like ‘green’ features but may not understand green living

UF studies show home buyers like ‘green’ features but may not understand green living

Published: Dec 17th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Home buyers appreciate the benefits of “green” communities, but residents don’t necessarily lead more eco-friendly lives than their neighbors in traditional homes, according to two University of Florida studies conducted in the fast-growing state.

UF survey: Florida’s real estate report mixed instead of entirely bad

Published: Dec 6th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — All is not gloom and doom with Florida real estate, according to the latest University of Florida study, which finds a positive outlook for commercial properties despite the bad news in the housing market.

UF graduate student evaluates flawed ‘Son of Sam’ laws

Published: Dec 6th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Research by a University of Florida graduate student finds most state statutes designed to prevent criminals from profiting from telling the story of their crimes are ineffective and unconstitutional.

Dip in Florida’s consumer confidence likely to hurt holiday retail sales

Published: Nov 27th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s consumer confidence dropped two points to 77 in November, portending lackluster sales for the holiday retail season, a new University of Florida study finds.

‘Swamp’ goes green with help of carbon neutral plan

Published: Nov 20th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Screaming fans, marching bands, hulking linebackers — and offsetting a carbon footprint.

UF research: Florida’s population growth slows but still remains high

Published: Nov 7th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s population growth slowed considerably last year as the housing boom went bust, but it remained relatively strong and likely will stay that way for the next few years, the latest estimates from the University of Florida show.

Sex education in Florida schools varies widely, not available to all students

Published: Nov 5th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida study reveals sex education programs in Florida’s public schools vary widely in content and often are afforded little class time — and many students miss out altogether.

Low-income households boost Florida’s consumer confidence

Published: Oct 30th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s consumer confidence rose three points to 80 in October largely due to optimism among low-income residents, a new University of Florida study finds.

UF study: School district size often determines fate of zero tolerance

Published: Oct 25th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The size of the school district often determines whether students are punished under zero tolerance policies and given another chance for an education, a new University of Florida study finds.