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Talk of the bay: Security bin ads starting to catch tail wind

By Times Staff
Published June 27, 2007


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More airports are signing up to allow advertising inside plastic trays at security checkpoints. That's good news for Security Point, the St. Petersburg company that developed the concept and sells ads to businesses. After tests at Los Angeles International and three small airports, four more - including ones in Seattle, Nashville and Orange County, Calif. - have applied for federal approval to use the trays. Security Point also has picked up two advertisers in addition to Rolodex: a Louisiana race track and online shoe retailer Zappos.com.

'Confident' might not be right word

In a case of down-so-long- it-feels-like-up, the Florida consumer confidence index inched up a point to 83 this month. That's after the index, compiled by economists at the University of Florida, hit a 19-month low in May. The increase is well within the margin of error of the survey. Meanwhile, the Conference Board, which bases its consumer confidence rating more on people's willingness to make major purchases, reported its national index dropped 5 points since May to 103.9. That mirrored exactly the results of the UF study, which asks consumers separately about big-ticket purchase intentions. Chris McCarty, an economist who directs the UF effort, expects further declines as sagging housing sales erode prices.

Unions won't be forced on Florida

It looks as though Florida won't be forced to abandon its antiunion stance. A bill meant to make it easier for unions to form was defeated in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday. The Employee Free Choice Act, which passed the House in March, would have allowed unions to form when at least 51 percent of workers sign cards authorizing it, instead of requiring union organizers to hold secret-ballot elections like they now must do. Opponents say the bill would violate workers' privacy, since signed cards would replace secret ballots. Sixty votes are needed to invoke cloture, which would have allowed debate on the bill to proceed, but supporters gathered just 51. The vote was starkly partisan: Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania was the only Republican to vote in favor of the act.

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