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May 28, 2018

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| 4/26/2018

Florida legislators say no deal on special session

Florida legislators are going to leave the question of whether to expand gambling up to voters in November. After weeks of backroom diplomacy, legislative leaders announced Wednesday they couldn't agree on how to update gambling laws and therefore won't hold a special session in the next month. More from the Times/Herald and the AP.

Catherine Stempien, Harry Sideris

Duke Energy announces new Florida leadership

Harry Sideris, currently president of Duke Energy Florida, is leaving the post to take a new role with the parent company of the electric utility. Catherine Stempien, currently senior vice president of corporate development, will take over as the company’s Florida president. Full announcment from Duke Energy, here. Also read more at the Tampa Bay Times.

Federal court sides with Florida in voting rights battle

The decision by the court came less than two hours before Scott and GOP officials were scheduled to hold an extraordinary late-night meeting of the state's clemency board where they were poised to adopt new rules. The meeting was scrapped after the appeals court sided with Florida in a split decision. [Source: AP]

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Sports business in Florida: Soccer goals

The ‘beautiful game' is making inroads throughout Florida, but its professional business affairs are — complicated. This article has updates on soccer in Miami, Orlando, St. Petersburg, Jacksonville and more. Full story here. Photo is of Orlando City's Scott Sutter.
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EarthNow satellite plan will boost Central Florida space manufacturing cluster

An emerging manufacturing hub for satellites and rockets near Kennedy Space Center is already getting a boost from a new player called EarthNow that’s planning to build many more satellites there. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]

ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:

› Bealls is launching a new chain of home decor stores
Bradenton-based Bealls Inc. announced Wednesday that it is launching Home Centric, a new chain of stores featuring a continually changing assortment of home products at a great value. Also read more at the Bradenton Herald.

› The theme park industry is booming
More people are streaming into theme parks during what was long considered the off-season. Amusements parks also are turning to food festivals and updated loyalty programs to drive attendance -- and spending.

› Former Electronic Arts Orlando-based exec's sports platform to pitch 'Shark Tank'-style event in New York
A small Orlando tech company run by a former Electronic Arts executive has been chosen to present at a “Shark Tank”-like competition in New York that focuses on sports- and entertainment-based startups.

› Miami seeks to retain National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Miami city commissioners are urging the federal government to retain the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Headquarters at its current location on Virginia Key. NOAA is reportedly considering relocating its Southeast Fisheries Science Center to St. Petersburg.

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