What you need to know about Florida today
› Back in the fast lane: AutoNation expanding again
Despite an agonizingly slow economic recovery, the country’s largest auto retailer, Fort Lauderdale-based AutoNation, is thriving again as demand for vehicles expands.
› Thousands in Southwest Florida try business ownership
Josh Esser started his business after losing his job. “I’m not getting rich, but the bills are paid,” he said. Esser is among thousands of Lee and Collier counties’ residents who started a business during a recession that was killing many other companies.
› Column: Are we a nation and state of incentives gone wild?
Do we suffer from incentive fever? Are we getting to the point where no business will expand or relocate without an obligatory and often inflated handout of taxpayer money?
› Execs charged meals, limos to South Florida blood bank
Top managers at South Florida's main blood bank charged meals with co-workers that featured alcohol and cost nearly $1,000, and one executive took limousine rides worth almost $1,400, according to expense-report receipts obtained by the Orlando Sentinel.
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