April 19, 2018

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Hiring surges as unemployment dips to 6.1 percent

U.S. employers accelerated their hiring last month, adding a robust 288,000 jobs and helping drive the unemployment rate to 6.1 percent, the lowest since September 2008. More at the AP and McClatchy.

Pot-growing licenses may be settled by lottery

Winners of Florida's five, highly sought-after medical marijuana licenses could be selected through lotteries, according to draft rules released by the Department of Health. More at the Orlando Sentinel.

Opera Naples founder returns with new company


Vegan offerings around Florida

Today’s vegetarians and allied tribes have swarmed far from campus hummus shops and health food stores. Mainstream malls and chic shopping streets from Palm Beach to Orlando across Florida support chains, caterers and grander restaurants with nouvelle-pretty plates and chefs with culinary chops.

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Two months after getting fired by Opera Naples, the opera company’s founder has returned with a competing venture: A new opera company that will bring Verdi and more to Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties. More at the Fort Myers News-Press.

Honeymoon Island is Florida's most popular state park, again

In the fiscal year 2013-14, which ended June 30, Honeymoon Island had 1,144,285 visitors, making it Florida's most popular state park for the eighth year in a row. People come for the 4 miles of beaches and the 3-mile nature trail, which also happens to be a great place to see osprey, bald eagles and great horned owls. More at the Tampa Bay Times.

Miami Worldcenter expected to create 33,500 jobs

Plans for the first phase of the multibillion-dollar 25-acre Miami Worldcenter development were submitted to the city early this week, and the project – which combines hotel, mall, convention and residential space – is expected to create thousands of jobs in South Florida. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Out of the Box
Hair growth firms compete in Boca Raton

igrow The quest for luxurious hair is a growth industry in a city where image is everything. In Boca Raton, two companies are competing to win over consumers with thinning hair with their laser-light hair-growth products. Apira Science, which developed the iGrow system, recently moved to Boca Raton from Irvine, Calif. Lexington International, which manufactures the HairMax LaserComb, has been in Boca Raton for more than a decade.

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A NASA spacecraft launched Wednesday evening from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station is expected to discover thousands more families of so-called exoplanets circling bright, nearby stars, some of which might have the ingredients needed to support life.

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