By and
with contributions from Denise Bates Enos
 on May 23, 2009

Retailing in Florida is being slammed by weakness in several key areas. Tourism is down, the housing market is in tatters and unemployment is at its highest level in 17 years. "Florida might as well just write off 2009," said Chris McCarty, an economist at the University of Florida's Bureau of Economic and Business Research. "Things will not improve until statewide housing prices completely bottom out from the overbuilding of the last decade."


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