Business: FAST-GROWING FLORIDA

A State That Can Hardly Wait

ON the long, soggy peninsula where Ponce de Leon once sought the fountain of youth and Wilson Mizner in the 19203 ordained his palaces of pleasure, winds of change are stirring with gale force. Florida, ending one of its balmiest winters in history, last week greeted the spread of spring across the North with remarkable equanimity. Once the northward exodus of tourists in the springtime rated with the hurricanes as a natu ral catastrophe, inevitably followed by a summer-long slump. Now Florida is the focus of a permanent population shift that has made it the fastest-growing...

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