Florida Repeals International Driving Permit Requirement

As part of a continued effort to make Florida a tourism-friendly state, lawmakers are in the process of repealing a law that requires international visitors to acquire an international driving permit to drive in Florida.

International driving permitThe law was originally designed to help law enforcement officers determine if international visitors had valid licenses, especially when the driver’s license was in a foreign language, but the law had unintended consequences.

This law hit Canadians, the largest group of international visitors to Florida, the hardest. Many Canadian “snowbirds” were not able to obtain this permit because they were already in Florida, and the law required them to obtain the permit from their home country.

The repeal of this law was passed unanimously by both houses of the Florida legislature, and Governor Rick Scott has said that he will sign the repeal into law. The law requiring the permit took effect on January 1, 2013.

Source: Orlando Sentinel


Florida Tourism’s New Ad Campaign

Visit Florida, the state’s tourism agency, began its new ad campaign, “Must be the Sunshine,” with a commercial spot during Sunday night’s Grammy Awards.

Florida Tourism

The ad follows in the footsteps of Florida’s recently released business brand, introduced by Enterprise Florida and Rick Scott. The agency is attempting to make Florida the number one tourism spot in the world, and Disney World, Universal Studios, and other major theme parks in Florida are banding together to support the ad.

Tourism is Florida’s No. 1 industry. There are approximately 80 million tourists spending $70 billion annually in Florida, and Visit Florida wants to make this number even bigger. Tourism funds many Florida businesses, including restaurants, hotels, and much more. This new ad campaign creates a unique opportunity to open a business in Florida in one of these industries.

If you are interested in starting a business in the tourism industry, or even in just getting a tourism visa to visit Disney World, contact us today.

Source: Herald Tribune

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Manufacturing tax affects Exporting and Small Business

Manufacturing taxFlorida Governor Rick Scott plans to eliminate a state sales tax on manufacturing equipment in order to benefit exporting and small businesses in Florida.

Scott noted that other states do not charge sales tax on machinery and said the tax puts Florida at a competitive disadvantage. Currently, equipment purchased for industrial use is only exempt if it will expand a manufacturer’s output by at least 5 percent.

Florida is home to 17,500 manufacturing companies that employ more than 300,000 Floridians. “Building up Florida manufacturing is about building Florida jobs,” said Scott.

Eliminating this tax should benefit the exporting industry and small businesses and provide them with new opportunities. Exporting is a major force in Florida’s economy. There are 15 seaports in the state, and small businesses account for almost 96 percent of the state’s exporting firms and 67 percent of total exports.

If you have questions about your exporting or small business, contact Boyer Law Firm, PL, today.

Source: Florida Small Business Development Center, Manufacturing.net