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50 Years of Golden Spoon Awards
Florida Trend's annual listing of the state's finest restaurants is live! This year, the Golden Spoon Hall of Fame welcomes five restaurants, and 13 make it onto the Golden Spoon list for the first time. Twenty notable newcomers are selected, plus the winner of the Robert W. Tolf Award for Best New Restaurant is named.
Holiday season bolsters consumer confidence in economy
The holiday season is bringing its signature cheer, especially when it comes to how Floridians feel about the economy. Consumer confidence rose in November to 96.7 after dropping for three straight months to 94.8 in October. Full story from UF's Bureau of Economic and Business Research is here. Also read more at the Tampa Bay Times.
The Republican tax plan has America's one percent worried about facing steeper levies on their income, and fat cats in the Northeast may have found a solution: Flee to Florida. The Sunshine State, which has no state income tax and business-friendly revenue codes, is eager to take them. [Source: Newsweek]
As American citizens living on the island, Puerto Ricans cannot vote in presidential elections and can send only nonvoting representatives to Congress. But once they make the move and are living on the mainland, they only need to register to be eligible to vote. Politicians from both parties are taking note. [Source: NBC News]
The end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program could come as soon as March, and as that deadline looms, proponents of the Obama-era program say its demise could mean a $1.5 billion blow to Florida’s economy. [Source: Florida Politics]
› Florida Chamber Foundation summit focuses on poverty, child care and education
In a time of high growth but rising inequality, the Florida Chamber Foundation gathered business executives and community leaders Tuesday to pose a few big questions: How deep is poverty in Florida? How broad? How can business create prosperity that reduces generational poverty?
› Newly-created Florida company won $30M Puerto Rico aid contract from FEMA but never delivered supplies
After Hurricane Maria damaged tens of thousands of homes in Puerto Rico, a newly created Florida company with an unproven record won more than $30 million in contracts from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide emergency tarps and plastic sheeting for repairs.
› JEA resolves to explore privatization
JEA will determine what the market value is for the city-owned utility and give that information to city leaders for them to consider privatizing the electric and water utility.
› North Central Florida's biotech industry gets major honor
It's a major honor for North Central Florida's growing biotech industry. Alachua County is one of six communities in Florida to be showcased in the 8th Ace Exchange.
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