South Florida's economy grew 2.4 percent in 2013, outpacing the 1.7 percent national average for metro growth.
Scientists are studying a still-mysterious marine world that has been closed to fishing and anchoring since 2001.
The number of people boarding cruise ships within the nation dropped last year but passenger counts increased in Florida.
A survey of 150 business owners in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties found them upbeat about a growing local economy.
The Florida Department of Citrus paid $1 million to Marvel Comics to create the new orange juice mascot.