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What you need to know about Florida today
Florida fruit growers sour over NAFTA as production continues falling
With the fifth round of talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) underway, Florida fruit and vegetable growers are pressing for changes. Other Florida growers and ranchers, however, have benefited from the deal and prefer it to remain as it is. More from Fresh Plaza.
» Growers expect high demand for Florida citrus
US business leaders say Cuba is still open, at least to them
When the Trump administration unveiled new Cuba regulations, it sparked a fresh round of hand-wringing in Washington over the return to a posture not seen since the Cold War. But now, behind closed doors, the American business community is quietly spreading the word that things are not so different after all. More from McClatchy.
Congress could eliminate the tax break that helped Miami Beach’s Art Deco renaissance
Behind the signature Miami pastels, perfectly symmetrical facades and terrazzo floors that give South Beach’s rich stock of Art Deco buildings its distinctive flavor, one section of the U.S. tax code fueled the rehabilitation of these once-crumbling structures. More from the Miami Herald.
Florida moves forward with disputed pot ID cards contract with Jacksonville company
After hearing a litany of complaints from lawmakers, state health officials are moving forward with a contested contract to process medical-marijuana patient identification cards. Patients have complained about months-long delays in getting the cards. More from WJCT.
Gainesville Chamber supports half-cent tax initiative for schools
The Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce will support the Alachua County half-cent sales tax initiative for 2018 to help fund area school infrastructure, a decision the Chamber reached based on a recent report from its own yearlong infrastructure investment initiative. More from Florida Business Daily.
Falcon Gift Shop
For teenagers with special needs, finding a job after high school can be a challenge. One Miami teacher aims to change that. Ivette Amador has created a gift shop at John A. Ferguson High that's run entirely by special needs students. The teens make all the major business decisions, calculate profits, and run the day to day operations including inventory, sales and stocking shelves.
» More from the Miami Herald.
Hurricane Irma Might Have Unearthed Calusa Artifacts
As some hurricane victims look to the future, archaeologists have their eyes on what they think could be unearthed pieces of an ancient Calusa Indian past in the root balls of downed trees at the Otter Mound Preserve on Marco.
» Read more from the Naples Daily News.
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