What you need to know about Florida today
› In stepping back, legendary philanthropist Gus Stavros leaves a void
Stavros is part of that "greatest generation" of aging entrepreneurial business builders and givers here that includes folks like Bill Hough, Tom James, Jean Wittner, Andy Hines, Mel Sembler and Charles Rutenberg. Among many others, they shaped the area through sheer personality, business drive, vision and a willingness to share their wealth.
› Hurricane Isaac had negative First Coast economic impact in August
The First Coast consumer price index and leading economic indicators showed a mixed bag of turbulent changes for August. University of North Florida economist Paul Mason released the local figures Friday and they show some fluctuating indicators, most notably for non-core inflation such as energy and food.
› Pompano Beach's Isle Casino rolls out locally grown buffet
On Friday, the Isle Casino and Racing in Pompano Beach unveiled a smorgasbord the likes of which Florida gamblers have never seen. Called Farmer's Pick Buffet, the remodeled restaurant features many dishes made with ingredients grown in the casino's year-old 1-acre, on-site garden or in its hydroponic nursery.
› Investing early in improvements pays off for port, Melbourne airport
About a decade ago, officials at Melbourne International Airport chose to invest $4 million and build three concrete runway aprons on the airport’s north side. Were any businesses looking to move to the airport then? Not really. This was a build-it-and-they-will-come proposition. Some
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