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What you need to know about Florida today
Like the Cubans before them, Venezuelan exiles are transforming Florida politics
Tens of thousands of Venezuelans, pushed by a failed economy and repression back home, are finding their way to South Florida. Their growing numbers and Venezuela’s dramatic implosion could tip the political balance in this crucial swing state, where presidential elections are decided by the thinnest of margins. [Source: Wall Street Journal]
FEMA hiring Florida residents for Hurricane Irma disaster recovery effort
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is hiring local residents to assist in the disaster recovery effort in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Jobs are located in Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando and Tallahassee. [Source: Space Coast Daily]
Scott left Saturday on a trip that will take him to both Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. He will be joined by nearly 70 business and education leaders, including the president and CEO of Florida Power & Light. This is Scott's 15th trip abroad since he became governor in 2011. [Source: AP]
Ancient Floridians had to change their lives because of sea level rise — they moved inland, but not much. Predictions on the modern displacement forced by sea level rise vary from a trickle to a full-on exodus. Other experts say it’s far too early to tell. [Source: Daytona Beach News-Journal]
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» A Rising Concern: The impact of sea level rise on Florida
A new generation of leviathan-like cruise ships and a small but fast-growing cargo business has put Port Canaveral on the cusp of a significant milestone: $100 million in revenue. [Source: Florida Trend]
› Bonefish Grill ranks No. 1 for national favorite casual restaurant
Following flat sales and an adversarial investor, Tampa-based Bloomin’ Brands finally has a bit of good news: Americans love its Bonefish Grill restaurant chain. The company, one of four chain restaurants owned by Bloomin’, was ranked the top overall favorite casual dining restaurant.
› Publix gets brownfield tax aid for Oviedo, Orlando sites
As mega-grocer Publix continues expanding, it is decontaminating property in east Seminole County for a shopping center — all with the help of government tax incentives.
› It’s not only rich people who should care about Art Basel. Here’s why.
When flocks of serious — and seriously loaded — art gatherers descend on South Florida for the annual Art Basel in Miami Beach pageant, they’re coming to snag some of the best contemporary work money can buy. But that’s not the sole reason they make their way to Miami Beach and Miami.
› How steak is a signal that the snowbirds are back
There’s never been a substantial method for tracking the homecoming or the true size of Southwest Florida’s snowbird flock. Many of them own homes here, and most of them are U.S. citizens. But some businesses use unscientific measures to track the start of the season.
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