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May 28, 2018

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Gas prices are at a four-year high across Florida

Prices have surpassed those reached in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in September and are at their highest since December 2014, according to AAA statistics. For context, it costs Floridians about $5 more to fill an average tank of gas, compared to this time a year ago. More from the Bradenton Herald, NBC Miami, and FOX 13.

Alex Sink turned a statewide election defeat into a new career: startup sage.

The journey from high-level banker to one of the state’s top elected officials to budding tech entrepreneur and startup rainmaker, for Alex Sink, started out at a quiet moment at home. More from the Business Observer.

Opinion: Take our kids to work day --Energizing Florida’s future workforce

The celebration of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day is much more than a break from school or a chance for young Floridians to see what the adults in their lives do to earn a living. The workplaces children visit this month could be the spark that inspires a future teacher, computer engineer or CEO. More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Big visitor calls at Port Tampa Bay

The 750-foot-long Ireland, one of the biggest ships ever to call at Port Tampa Bay, arrived Sunday. The Ireland is on its maiden voyage, having left a shipyard in China for a stop in the Yucatan peninsula to pick up a load of limestone for delivery to Tampa. More from the Tampa Bay Times.

Disney World hiring 3,500, offers signing bonuses up to $5,000

In an ever-tightening job market, Disney World is doubling its hiring bonuses for some summer jobs, even for unskilled or part-time positions – as it seeks to hire for 3,500 positions. More from the Orlando Sentinel.

Awards
Florida Small Business Wins SBA's 2018 Exporter of the Year Award

 SeaDek has been named 2018 Small Business Exporter of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The Rockledge, Florida-based company will be officially recognized during National Small Business Week, an annual event honoring the accomplishments and contributions of the best small businesses in the nation.

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Business Profile
Huckins Yacht Corp.

floridaTurning 90 definitely calls for a celebration and that’s exactly what Huckins Yacht Corp. did last weekend, joined by 100 clients and friends. Longtime Jacksonville residents, especially boating enthusiasts and those still who remember World War II, are already familiar with storied-history of Huckins.

» Read more from the Florida Times-Union.

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2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook
2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook

Dr. Gerry Bell, lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, and the rest of his team NOAA, are predicting an 75 percent chance that the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season will either be near-normal or above normal.

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