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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.

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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

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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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