February 20, 2018

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On heels of citrus crisis, Florida talks hemp

Florida citrus is a crop plagued by citrus greening and recently battered by Hurricane Irma. Could industrial hemp be Florida’s next big crop? Maybe. But it’s going to take two years to find out. More from Florida Politics.

Florida gas prices drop 25 cents on average over past month

Gas prices are on a downward tear post-hurricane. In the past 31 days, the state average has declined 25 cents. And motorists can expect another drop soon. More from

Buckland to lead JAX Chamber in 2019

JAX Chamber announced that BB&T Market President Debbie Buckland will serve as its 2019 chair. Buckland serves as the treasurer of the chamber’s board of directors, which chose her to succeed 2018 Chair John Peyton, president of Gate Petroleum Co. and a former Jacksonville mayor. More from the Jacksonville Daily Record.

Groundbreaking set today on Braves’ new spring-training complex

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held Monday for the Braves’ new spring-training complex in southwest Florida, just 16 months before the team intends to hold its first workout at the $100-million facility. More from AJC.

Small Business Advice
Alternate source of funding for startups and early-stage companies

Most startups and very early-stage companies with very little financial history generally find most traditional funding sources – banks – closed to them. Many banks consider a startup anything less than two years old, so if a small business owner needs financing, it usually needs some type of non-traditional funding. Read Gray Poehler's full column.

dba Florida

florida A partnership exists when two or more persons co-own a business and share in the profits and losses of the business. Each of the co-owners or partners contributes something, usually money or real property, to the business endeavor.

» More from Florida Small Business.

Largest Fundraising Campaign in UF History

university of florida fundraisingThe University of Florida has undertaken the most ambitious fundraising campaign in its history to continue its rise as one of the nation’s leading public universities. The $3 billion initiative — tagged Go Greater —is among the largest active campaigns for a public university and almost double the $1.72 billion raised during UF’s previous campaign, which concluded in 2012.

» Read more from UF News.

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Toy Story Land Announcement
Toy Story Land Announcement

It’s official! Toy Story Land, the highly-anticipated toy-filled land inspired by the beloved “Toy Story” films, will open to guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios June 30, 2018.

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Florida teens are leading national debate on gun control. Will this have any effect on legislation in the state this year?

  • Yes, I am optimistic some reforms will get done
  • Not this year, but soon
  • Net result? Nothing will happen

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