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Plant City's Carl Grooms is pretty Florida.
Plant City's Carl Grooms is pretty Florida.
Published Feb. 26, 2014

Good morning. It's Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014.

Let's start with a reminder from Janet Keeler in the Taste section in today's Times:

Here's another way in which Florida is different from the rest of the country: We are noshing fresh strawberries in February and March while so many other areas are enduring a deep freeze.

As I like to say, "It's our time" ...

The state today is killing somebody.

The quote of the morning? Alex Sink. "... we have a lot of employers over on the beaches that rely upon workers and especially in this high-growth environment, where are you going to get people to work to clean out hotel rooms or do our landscaping?"

Writes Jeff Harrington: More than at any time since the Great Recession, Floridians are confident that it's a great time to buy big-ticket items like a car. The only problem: They are feeling too pinched to pay for it. Like I said yesterday on Twitter: So people want to buy stuff but they can't or shouldn't. THIS IS TRUE NOW ALL THE TIME FOR ALMOST EVERYBODY.

Tampa International won what sounds like a big award.

Via Drew Harwell: America's epicenter of foreclosure is no longer Florida!

Curtis Reeves did not shoot Chad Oulson in Tampa.

A blind nudist in Pasco County is suing to keep her service dog and an elderly woman in Punta Gorda told a cop she was horny.

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