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May 20, 2018

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Special Session gambling proposal sent to top Florida lawmakers

Top Florida lawmakers are considering details of a gambling deal that could potentially pave the way for an agreement with the Seminole Tribe and a rare special legislative session at the end of April. More from the Tallahassee Democrat.

Southwest Florida business designed to help startups overcome obstacles has big plans

A realization the Rocket Lounge couldn’t make a profit at its cramped downtown Fort Myers home clinched a decision to move the business accelerator to Naples. With a new space and expanded model, the Rocket Lounge aims to work with more promising companies. More from the Business Observer.

Away from the theme parks, Orlando area offers dining thrills

It’s not surprising that a large American city in a state with a robust agriculture scene would have fine food options. But Orlando’s multicultural food scene seems to take visitors by surprise. More from the Orlando Sentinel.

AutoNation shareholders to vote on proposal to split chair and CEO roles

Mike Jackson holds three titles at Fort Lauderdale-based AutoNation: chairman, CEO and president. But on April 19, shareholders are set to consider splitting the chair and CEO positions. More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Florida Democrats challenging more legislative seats this year

With signs pointing to Democrat-friendly climate this election cycle, there is good news and not so good news for Florida Democrats eager to grow their influence in the Florida legislature. More from the Tampa Bay Times.

Technology Trends
Driverless cars for the blind

 Six years after a video went viral of a blind man going through a drive thru in a self-driving car, advocates for visually impaired people worry the industry is leaving them behind as they develop the cars of the future. So prominent groups are turning to university researchers like University of Florida's Julian Brinkley to help build systems that will unlock the potential of autonomous cars' for the blind.

» More from the AP.

 

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Viera Academy

floridaTo escape Cuba in 2007, Yusnier Viera, a professor in Havana making barely $20 a month, put his ingenuity to work. He had a natural ability for math and believed that with hard work, he could win the Guinness World Record for mental calculation. It worked. Next, he put his ingenuity to work building an educational business in the Miami area.

» Read more from the Miami Herald.

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