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June 19, 2018

Business Florida 2018 - The Regions

Town Meets Gown

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Fun for all
Spanning 13 counties, North Central offers activities for every age and interest. Fish the scenic Withlacoochee and Suwannee rivers or snorkel for scallops along the Gulf of Mexico shore. Hike Ocala National Forest, browse Cedar Key’s quaint shops or see Florida wildlife aboard a glass bottom boat at Ocala’s iconic Silver Springs. In Gainesville, browse the Florida Museum of Natural History and the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art (general admission is free); visit the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, the only zookeeper training facility with its own accredited zoo; or join the crowds at “Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park” in Live Oak for camping, recreational activities and outdoor music festivals — 600,000 visit this venue annually.

Whitewater rafting at Big Shoals State Park in White Springs

Downtown remake
The 1902 Blanche Hotel in downtown Lake City is undergoing a facelift. The $14-million project aims to convert the building that once welcomed the likes of Al Capone and Johnny Cash into housing units, retail space and a 38,000-sq.-ft. city hall.

Blanche Hotel renovation rendering

Meet a REAL superpower
The University of Florida is home to HiPerGator 2.0, the second most powerful public university supercomputer in the U.S. Although capable of holding 21 million times more data than the computer program on Apollo 11 that put a man on the moon, 2.0’s real value isn’t the power of its memory, but what researchers can do with that power — tackle climate change, eradicate poverty or deal with other global issues in ways that were once unimaginable.

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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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