Percentage of visitors to the Florida Aquarium surveyed during October, November and December who said the aquarium should lower its price of admission: 9
Percentage of aquarium visitors surveyed who used a coupon or discount to get into the aquarium: 55
Number of young criminal suspects booked at Hillsborough County's Juvenile Assessment Center in April 1996: 792
Number of those juvenile delinquents associated with gangs: 20
Number associated with satanic cults: 1
Percentage of Tampa Bay area executives who expect to hire more employees this year: 58
Percentage of local executives who expect to reduce their work forces this year: 3
Percentage who expect to keep their payrolls as is this year: 39
Sales at hat shops in Hillsborough County, 1994: $358,496
Sales at hat shops in Hillsborough, 1996: $949,104
Sources for Index
Florida Aquarium: The Florida Aquarium Guest Survey for the fourth quarter of 1996, prepared by Phil Balducci and Associates of Tampa.
Juvenile delinquents: Hillsborough County Juvenile Assessment Center summary of delinquent youths processed at the center for April 1996, the most recent month for which statistics are available.
Business outlook: Seventh annual Times poll of Tampa Bay business leaders. The poll was conducted in early January by the Times' research division. Pollsters contacted 332 executives. A total of 203 responded.
Hat sales: Florida Department of Revenue.