October 30, 2014

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‘Lights dimming’ on Florida gambling bill

Odds are getting longer against stand-alone casinos in Florida in the near future as a stalemate between Gov. Rick Scott and House Speaker Will Weatherford appears to deepen. “The lights are dimming,” Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel said. More at CBS Miami.


California hedge fund Universa moving its base to Miami

Universa Investments is relocating its headquarters from Santa Monica, Calif., to Miami on March 1 to take advantage of the city’s business and tax-friendly policies, Miami’s Downtown Development Authority announced Wednesday. More at the Miami Herald.


Miami primed for retail store growth

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Teddy and Jenny Meeks give new life to warehoused rides from the original Miracle Strip in Panama City Beach to create a full-fledged amusement park.

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Whether in food and beverage, automobiles, big box options, electronics or more, Miami’s retail industry is vibrant and thriving. In some areas, it tops the nation’s largest markets. All together, Greater Miami is prime for further retail development. More at Miami Today.


Darden Restaurants opens its first airport restaurant

Orlando-based Darden Restaurants has begun expanding into airports. Darden this month opened its first airport restaurant – a LongHorn Steakhouse in Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. More at the Orlando Sentinel.


UF study finds late night smartphone use detrimental to next-day work

Staying up late to work on your smartphone has negative effects on your productivity the next day, a recent University of Florida study shows. The studies consistently showed that late-night smartphone usage reduced the amount and quality of sleep, increased fatigue the next morning and, consequently, led to diminished work engagement the next day. More at the Gainesville Business Report.

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Orangetheory Fitness

orange theoryEllen Latham wanted to add more demanding sessions at her small Davie gym, so she crossed the country meeting with fitness professionals to design the perfect intense workout. Now she's crossing the country again, this time with her Orangetheory Fitness franchises. Her science-based workout plan has become so popular that it's now the foundation at nearly 80 Orangetheory studios nationwide, with another 150 franchise agreements already in place, including some in Canada and England.

» Full story from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel


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