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Will Short Gorham | 3/20/2012

High court has options on Florida's health care challenge

The Supreme Court has several options in ruling on President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, from upholding the law to striking it down in its entirety. The court also could avoid deciding the law's constitutionality at all, if it finds the lawsuits challenging the law are premature. The Associated Press has outlined six potential outcomes, from the simplest to the most complicated possible rulings.

» Health care decision's broad sweep
» Insurers at risk in challenge to health care law’s medicaid plan
» Health care debate ramps up ahead of Supreme Court arguments

Tampa's tax fraud epidemic gets national scrutiny

Tampa's tax refund fraud is getting national attention this week as a city police detective is set to testify before a U.S. Senate subcommittee about what the police chief says "conservatively" amounts to hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer money being stolen in the Tampa Bay area alone. [Source: Tampa Tribune]

Business Profile
Advanced EMS Designs


Retired Orlando firefighter-paramedic Scott Neusch knew firsthand that disinfection procedures failed to eradicate all the dangerous microbes left on the backboards that are used to transport patients, who often leave behind blood and other body fluids. Neusch and three partners formed Advanced EMS Designs and developed Board Armor.

» Read more about Board Armor and Advanced EMS Designs

Sarasota roofing company nails big job with Publix

It's a job that, in these relatively slow times, roofers drool over: a space the size of 10 football fields. Sutter Roofing of Sarasota is wrapping up work on the thermoplastic roof for a 600,000-square-foot warehouse owned by Publix in Lakeland. [Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune]

Tavares condo development offers retirement like no other for Indians

The business of building condos for Northerners retiring to Florida collapsed in the housing bust, but one unusual Lake County development is an exception: a gated community that caters to Indian immigrants buying into that last piece of the American dream. ShantiNiketan, a condo complex in Tavares, may be the only retirement development in the U.S where residents dine on Indian cuisine, meditate in a prayer room stocked with Hindu statues and enjoy Bollywood movie nights. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]

Florida’s inland residents may pay as sea levels climb

Florida, where about 2.4 million people live within four feet of the local high-tide line, has eight of the 10 U.S. cities most at risk for sea level rise. About $30 billion in taxable property is endangered in just three southeast Florida counties, excluding Miami-Dade, which has the most homes at risk in the state and the nation. [Source: Businessweek]

The Business of Tourism
metropole Everglades National Park seeking more visitors
Everglades National Park is poised to become more of a tourism focus as a first-time national marketing effort to draw visitors to the United States — with an emphasis on national parks — gets under way. Irina Bokova, director-general of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, came to South Florida to visit the 1.5 million-acre park during a 10-day tour of the United States. Everglades National Park is one of just 21 sites in the United States on UNESCO’s World Heritage list — and the nation’s only property included on the “sites in danger” list. Calling it “one of our jewels on the World Heritage list,” Bokova said the park has the potential to bring more revenue and jobs through tourism — as long as there is an emphasis on sustainable growth to protect the fragile wetlands. Read more from The Miami Herald and see UNESCO’s World Heritage list.

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Florida Business News

  • Breaking News: Nova Southeastern University calls $200 million commitment from Patel Family 'transformational'

    Today, Nova Southeastern University (NSU) announces the largest philanthropic gift in its history from Tampa-area cardiologist Dr. Kiran C. Patel and his wife, pediatrician Dr. Pallavi Patel. The commitment from the Patel Family Foundation includes a $50 million gift and an additional $150 million for real estate and facilities. The money will be used to expand the university's programs in osteopathic medicine and health care sciences, and also to develop a new 27-acre campus for NSU in Clearwater, Fla. The Patels are renowned in Florida for their philanthropy, community service and entrepreneurship.

    “This gift and additional investment will enrich NSU’s ability to educate highly-qualified physicians and health care professionals who understand how the medical disciplines can and must work together. These future leaders will represent the cultural diversity of our region, our nation and our world so that they can better serve their patients and communities,” said NSU President Dr. George Hanbury.

    Their $50 million gift, one of the seven-largest to any Florida university in history, catapults NSU to more than 84% of its goal to raise $250 million by 2020 for its Realizing Potential philanthropic campaign.

    Read more at the news release, here.

Florida Trend Video Pick

Haunted maze at Merritt Square Mall
Haunted maze at Merritt Square Mall

Take a tour behind the scenes at the Frightmaze Hotel at the Merritt Square Mall.

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