September 3, 2014

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| 5/16/2013

› Credit Union buys Tampa amphitheater naming rights
First, it was Ford Amphitheatre. Then the widely mocked 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, and for a short time, Live Nation Amphitheatre. Now the Tampa venue at the Florida State Fairgrounds bears the name of MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre, after the Lakeland-based financial institution signed a three-year agreement with Live Nation for the rights.

› Ripley's: Eight-city hunt for more oddities starts in Orlando
Ripley's wants to take your odd stuff off your hands. Orlando-based Ripley Entertainment, which operates 32 "odditorium" attractions, will visit eight cities throughout 2013, in an attempt to add more oddities to its eclectic collections. The first stop of its Bizarre Buying Bazaar will be at the International Drive museum in Orlando on June 7-8.

› 23 companies earn FPL rate cuts
It's been about a year and a half since Florida Power & Light Co. decided to try its hand at economic development. So far, there have been victories large and small, but FPL hasn't been swamped by companies taking up its offers.

› Late North Florida potato volume brings higher prices
As north Florida begins spring volume up to two weeks late, buyers can expect lower red potato supplies to keep demand high and prices above normal.

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