September 25, 2017
Family - Then and Now

A family walks through Reasoner’s Tropical Nurseries in Bradenton in 1958; the Hoeflingers (right) on the April 2012 cover for a story about home prices in Florida.

Photo: State Archives of Florida/Florida Memory (left); Brian Smith (right)

Harris Mullen

Harris Mullen founded Trend in 1958

Photo: Dan Gaye

Rocket Launch 1958

The magazine's first cover featured a stylized drawing of this rocket launch.


Tuition at the University of Florida has risen 1,109% over the past 35 years.

Photo: State Archives of Florida/Florida Memory

College Growth

The 87% growth in the enrollment of Hispanics in college outpaces the overall 24% growth in college enrollment. 

Beach 1958

 52 years ago, 12.8 million visitors came to Florida. 

Photo: Joseph Janney Steinmetz/State Archives of Florida/Florida Memory

Beach 2012

Last year, 91.5 million. Beaches were cited as the No. 1 reason for visiting the state.

Seminole Casino Hollywood

A photo of the old bingo hall hangs at the Seminole Casino Hollywood. The Seminoles now operate seven casinos in Florida.

Photo: josh Ritchie/Sun-Sentinel/ZUMA Press

Bal Harbour Shops

Bal Harbour Shops is the top-grossing center in the world.

Photo: Mitchell Zachs/ZUMA Press

Disney 1971

In 1971, general admission to Disney was $3.50.

Photo: State Archives of Florida/Florida Memory


Today, admission is more than $100.

Photo: Preston Mack

Port of Tampa 1960

Tampa’s port was among seven deepwater ports in Florida in 1960.

Photo: State Archives of Florida/Florida Memory

St Petersburg Times 1959

Circulation for the St. Petersburg Times topped 100,000 in 1959. 

Photo: Tampa Bay Times

single-family home

The median price of a single-family home in Florida is $145,000.

Landmark Condominium Apartments

Landmark Condominium Apartments in Daytona: The state’s first condo project.


Florida Power & Light’s Cape Canaveral Next Generation Clean Energy Center burns natural gas, the source of nearly two-thirds of all electricity generated in the state.

Photo: Will Vragovic / Tampa Bay Times

Florida Citrus

Florida citrus production grew 31% over 50 years.

Photo: State Archives of Florida/Florida Memory

The IBM 5150

The IBM 5150


Florida has the highest number of eagle pairs in the lower 48 states.


Almost 5,000 manatees live in Florida waters.

Winter the Dolphin

Winter the dolphin draws hordes of visitors.

Florida Panther

Fewer than 200 Florida panthers remain in the wild

Florida Trend: 55th Anniversary

In Trend's Time: 55 years of Florida business history

Florida Trend turned 55 this year. My, how things can change.

| 12/9/2013


The founding of Florida Trend by Tampa businessman Harris Mullen wasn’t the only Florida milestone in 1958. That year, a decision by the Florida Supreme Court limited the practice of real estate to persons licensed and registered in accordance with Florida law. In addition, the first mile of Florida interstate highways was paved, the first FHA-insured co-op went up in Fort Lauderdale and the first satellite was launched from Cape Canaveral.

The Way We Are ... And Were


» In 1950, Florida ranked 20th in population. It now ranks fourth and is expected to overtake New York for third.

» In 1960, the rate of homeownership in Florida was 67.5%. In 2011, it was 69.0%.

» The percentage of Floridians below the poverty line was 16.4% in 1969. In 2011, it was 14.7%

» Median household income in 1969 was $8,261 ($32,368 in 1999 dollars). In 2011, median household income was $47,827.

Migration and Diversity
» Between 1955-60, 85,302 foreign immigrants moved to Florida. Between 1995-2000, that number was 652,606 — 26% of all people who moved to Florida in that period.

» The Hispanic portion of Florida’s population has grown from about 6% in 1970 to close to 22% today. The African-American portion has grown in recent decades from 14% to about 16%.

» Most people who move to Florida are young, but so are most people who move out. New York has been the leading source of in-migrants to Florida for more than four decades.

» The 2010 Census was the first to tally same-sex couples and their children; 2012 Census data revealed that Fort Lauderdale boasts the highest concentration of same-sex couples in the U.S. — 2.8% of all households, according to the website Florida Agenda.

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Florida Business News

  • Breaking News: Nova Southeastern University calls $200 million commitment from Patel Family 'transformational'

    Today, Nova Southeastern University (NSU) announces the largest philanthropic gift in its history from Tampa-area cardiologist Dr. Kiran C. Patel and his wife, pediatrician Dr. Pallavi Patel. The commitment from the Patel Family Foundation includes a $50 million gift and an additional $150 million for real estate and facilities. The money will be used to expand the university's programs in osteopathic medicine and health care sciences, and also to develop a new 27-acre campus for NSU in Clearwater, Fla. The Patels are renowned in Florida for their philanthropy, community service and entrepreneurship.

    “This gift and additional investment will enrich NSU’s ability to educate highly-qualified physicians and health care professionals who understand how the medical disciplines can and must work together. These future leaders will represent the cultural diversity of our region, our nation and our world so that they can better serve their patients and communities,” said NSU President Dr. George Hanbury.

    Their $50 million gift, one of the seven-largest to any Florida university in history, catapults NSU to more than 84% of its goal to raise $250 million by 2020 for its Realizing Potential philanthropic campaign.

    Read more at the news release, here.

Florida Trend Video Pick

Haunted maze at Merritt Square Mall
Haunted maze at Merritt Square Mall

Take a tour behind the scenes at the Frightmaze Hotel at the Merritt Square Mall.

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