What you need to know about Florida today
› In race for central Florida growth, Orlando will pass Tampa Bay
Won't be too long before Tampa Bay's longtime little brother, Orlando, becomes the bigger sibling of the central Florida economy. Long-term economic forecasts say the "gross metro product" – a metropolitan region's GNP – of Orlando should catch and surpass that of Tampa Bay in about 16 years or around 2029.
› Farm waste biofuels plant LS9 starts production
Officials at LS9, a new biofuel plant in Okeechobee, said Monday it completed its first production run of fatty alcohols, which are used in detergents. The San Francisco-based company unveiled the Okeechobee facility this spring, after converting a fermentation plant with $4.5 million from the Florida Opportunity Fund.
› Ladies can lunch at DCOTA
Following a multi-million dollar renovation, the Design Center of the Americas will open a restaurant in October offering a gathering spot for customers visiting the showroom and Broward’s power lunch crowd.
› Florida company source of Apple ID data breach
A Florida company said Monday that the database of Apple device information that hackers stole and posted on the Internet last week came from a file the firm had in its computer system.
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