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December 12, 2017

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What you need to know about Florida today

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Hatching a tech future: South Florida startups are gaining strength

South Florida is a startup and small-business factory, sprouting more new businesses every year than any other large U.S. metro area. But growing large companies has always been a challenge for the Miami area as well as for the state. More from the Miami Herald.

Is ZIka still a problem in Florida and the Caribbean?

There's no doubt about it: Zika is on the retreat in the Americas. In Brazil, cases are down by 95 percent from last year. Across the Caribbean, outbreaks have subsided. And in Florida, the virus seems to have gone into hiding. More from NPR.

Doctors win in Florida 'docs vs. glocks' legal tussle

The state last month did not appeal a federal court ruling striking down major parts of the 2011 law dubbed with that name. That decision came six years after Florida lawmakers passed the measure, which tried to stop doctors from asking patients about their guns. More from the Orlando Sentinel.

Entrepreneurs seek entry into growing cannabis industry

Medical marijuana is projected to become a $1 billion industry in Florida within the next three years. Only seven companies have been licensed by the state to produce, cultivate and sell it, though state lawmakers will increase that number by 10 this year. More from the Lakeland Ledger.

A deep dive into $484 million dredging of St. Johns River

As Jacksonville faces a monumental decision about how to pay for one of the most expensive public works projects in city history, a retired CSX executive has emerged as an unlikely source calling into question the bedrock assumptions the Jacksonville Port Authority uses to justify deepening the St. Johns River. More from the Florida Times-Union.

Florida Small Business
Risking all to relocate

florida Linda Toffolon was already looking to relocate her 1950s-era diner when the shoe dropped: the tenant with whom she shared her current site planned to close his doors. Now, Daytona Diner needed a new location fast, with parking, access to city services and a family-friendly feel. Toffolon turned to the Florida SBDC at Daytona State College for aid in crafting a site selection plan.

» More from Florida Small Business.

Business Profile
Maggie’s Morsels

florida originalsBob Fellows is just a few days away from his 83rd birthday but he’s up every morning in the kitchen with his wife, Florence, 82, making dog treats from scratch. The started their company, Maggie’s Morsels, five years ago with a rolling pin, a pastry board from Florence’s grandmother and a little inspiration from their feisty, 7-year-old pup, Maggie.

» Read more from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

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Sting performs with the Florida Orchestra for 50th anniversary gala
Sting performs with the Florida Orchestra for 50th anniversary gala

Sting performed with the Florida Orchestra for their 50th anniversary gala Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame rocker belted some of his biggest hits while conductor Michael Francis led the orchestra.

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