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December 11, 2017

Business Florida 2012 - The Regions

South Central Florida

Arcadia, Okeechobee, Sebring

John M. Dunn | 10/10/2011
Sebring
The grueling 12 Hours of Sebring endurance race will celebrate its 60th anniversary at Sebring International Raceway in March 2012. [Photo: JGKATZ]

Quality of Life

Getting back to nature: Ecotourism is a favorite "sport" in Florida's heartland, which is home to Lake Okeechobee — the nation's second largest freshwater lake — plus dozens of smaller lakes and streams.

Festival fun: This region's small towns are perfect venues for special events, the likes of which you won't find elsewhere: The All-Florida Championship Rodeo (Arcadia); Seminole arts and crafts and alligator wrestling (Chalo Nitka Festival and Rodeo); Pioneer Park Days (Zolfo Springs); Sugar Festival (Clewiston); and Swamp Cabbage Festival (Labelle). For racing enthusiasts, there's Sebring International Raceway, the oldest permanent road track in America.

Notable Employers

Logistics

  • Wal-Mart Distribution Center, Arcadia
  • Walpole Inc., Okeechobee
  • Cross Country Automotive Services, Sebring

Agriculture

  • Larson Dairy Inc., Okeechobee
  • Lykes Brothers Inc., near Brighton Seminole Reservation, Glades County
  • The Mosaic Company, Wauchula
  • Southern Gardens Citrus, Clewiston
  • United States Sugar Corporation, Clewiston

Tags: Southwest, Business Florida

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Sting performs with the Florida Orchestra for 50th anniversary gala
Sting performs with the Florida Orchestra for 50th anniversary gala

Sting performed with the Florida Orchestra for their 50th anniversary gala Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame rocker belted some of his biggest hits while conductor Michael Francis led the orchestra.

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