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June 19, 2018

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What the government shutdown & debt ceiling crisis mean to Florida

Far from being simply a Washington problem, there are tangible impacts of the shutdown on Florida’s economy. Several key Florida industries have already been hurt, including tourism, retail, and those sectors of the economy that require significant capital investment. Read the full Florida TaxWatch economic report.

Energy tax break for Florida businesses

Governor Rick Scott has asked Floridians for their ideas to lower taxes by half a billion dollars this year. Today the idea of lowering the cost of electricity for businesses was floated at the third annual energy conference. More at the WCT. and the Palm Beach Post.

Fort Lauderdale business offers online grocery shopping

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Orlando City Soccer Club

Orlando City Soccer Club
Owners of Orlando City Soccer Club have moved closer to their goal of getting an $85-million stadium to attract major league soccer to the city. Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer reached a tentative agreement in August to participate, with the city donating land and the county chipping in tourist tax dollars.

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Even though some of the biggest names in the grocery business have tried online shopping with mixed results, Sylvie Grattagliano thinks she has the business model to make it work. She's hoping the Fort Lauderdale business she started this month with her husband — — will gain traction with busy consumers. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Florida to keep in place school grading safety net

Florida is going to keep in place a controversial safety net provision for the state’s school grading system. The state Board of Education voted by a 4-2 margin on Tuesday to keep in place a rule that would limit a school’s A-to-F grade from dropping more than one letter at a time. More at the AP.

Big jubilee as Joe’s Stone Crab reopens, turns 100

Over the years, Princess Caroline of Monaco, former Presidents Bill Clinton and both George Bushes and actors and singers like Sean Connery and Madonna have all flocked to the venerable Joe’s Stone Crab. Tonight, the world-famous South Beach eatery swings open its doors for the season, celebrating its 100th anniversary. More at the Miami Herald.

CEO Sounding Board
When the Legislature takes up gaming in 2014, what should it implement?

ceo sounding boardPatrick Thomas Biddix, Managing Partner at Melbourne Greyhound Park/ Club 52 tells us:

"There were five pari-mutuels that got favorable referendums last year to add slots to our product. Being one of those five, I’m eager to see legislation pass that would allow me to have slots just as they do in Miami and Broward." Read more...

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Wild Willy's adding two go-kart tracks, bumper boats and more
Wild Willy's adding two go-kart tracks, bumper boats and more

New attractions are coming soon to Wild Willy's Adventure Zone on Okaloosa Island. Crews have already put down two 1,000-foot go-kart tracks as part of an expansion that will include bumper boats, a chipping range, climbing wall, kiddie rides and more miniature golf.

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