In the last few years the US "Greenback" has seen some substantial changes. The notes have been redesigned and -whilst keeping a certain amount of green on the back – now come in a whole host of colours.
However, the $5 and $100 bills have yet to be changed. All this will change when early next year a new $5 bill will be unveiled and the $100 bill is scheduled to be redesigned late 2008.
The new $5 incorporates purple and grey colouring and has new security features. The $100 bill which makes up 70% of the $776 billion of currency in circulation (2/3′s of which is held overseas) is getting an extra effort in the redesign process which will include 650,000 microlenses which give the appearance of the note shimmering in the opposite direction when moved.
All of this may be exciting to notaphilists but it is important for tourists to accustom theirselves with the new note designs. At present the $1 bill will not be changing design as it is not a target for fraudsters – it has had the same design since 1963.
Check out the links below to the new pastel coloured US notes!
Foreign investors are snapping up US Real Estate like there is no tomorrow! Investors from Canada are benefiting from a dollar worth more than the US at the moment and UK buyers are experiencing 26 year highs for their Pound. Not to mention the Europeans who have a strong Euro – they are all in it to purchase a slice of the American Dream!
Florida naturally is high up on the list of hot spots, – from a villa near Disney to a condo on South Beach! New York is also a desirable location for Brits who at the exchange rate can easily afford a small apartment on 5th avenue! Southern California also is desirable with investors looking to San Francisco and LA for properties for them to sink their cash into.
In Ocala in Northern-Central Florida as in the Orlando metro area, the Real Estate market is moving.
As national and state press lump together statistics it is hard not to get depressed hearing negative publicity about Florida Real Estate.
However, as Ocala.com reports Marion County has reported an increase in the average price over 2006 and that what is driving the growth in the older residential areas as well as newer subdivisions is senior citizens relocating to the area.
Like the rest of central Florida the area is not untouched by the British pound. Although there is no vacation rental in the area as it is way over an hour away from the attractions some Brits like the idea of a horse ranch or simply a family home to get away from it all near to the Ocala National Forest.
In line with the rest of Central Florida it represents excellent value for money!
A Central Florida developer is drawing up plans for a community designed around the needs of people with disabilities. In the last few years access in places such as airports and theme parks access has improved considerably, however there are still many barriers to complete access.
Bountiful Lands, the Lake Wales company planning to build Monticelli at Tower Lake south of U.S. Highway 192 in Polk County sees that is is necessary to built a community which caters for those needs.
The Monticelli community would from the exterior look like any other vacation community, however on the inside the 59 units are designed for those with diabilities.
Read the attached Orlando Sentinel Article which gives more details on this community and the idea.
Universal Studios in Orlando Florida had a bumper summer with an attendance level topping 3.1 million visitors! A 12% Increase over Sumer 2006 and the first summer increase since 2004.
Similarly Walt Disney World posted year on year increases! Similarly SeaWorld are expecting to post record numbers.
Universal are not only posting bumper numbers but the visitors are also spending more! They believe that the increase is due to the publicity of the blue man group as well as the coming Simpsons ride and the long anticipated Wizarding World of Harry Potter in just over a year!
The figures are great for the tourist industry as a whole in the Orlando area.
Theme parks a definately an exciting topic for discussion, however someone always wonders; who designs the rides? Who comes up with the ideas? What rides may be in store in the future?
Well, the IAAPA (International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions) trade association is holding an expo in the Orange County Convention Center to show off the latest ideas and technology to industry insiders.
This is where inspiration occurs! Check out the article below for the weird and wonderful ideas that are at the expo!