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March 2014 Contents

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Cover Story: 2014 Legislative Preview

Gambling in Florida, Don't Bet on It

Gambling in Florida: Don’t bet on it

Gaming is fraught with powerful special interests on all sides, making any major changes to existing laws a challenge this year.

Florida's Budget

Lawmakers expect to have at least $1.5 billion more to spend than they did last year...


Up Front
Adding Value with an MBA

In the old days, great companies emerged before educational programs in business administration existed. Today, even companies guided by visionaries employ businesspeople with advanced degrees such as MBAs...

Toys for Tech Execs

From smartwatches to portable satellite dishes, check out the must-have gadgets for the executive on the technological edge.

Food Markets off the Beaten Path

Food Markets off the Beaten Path

Markets off of the main drag are catching on across the Florida dining landscape.

Florida Icon
Journalist Lucy Morgan is a Florida Icon

Former Tampa Bay Times political reporter Lucy Morgan shares tales of her past.

Of CounseL - Florida Law
Drum Beat

Attorney Paul Quin's previous career is music to many of his clients' ears.

Editor's Page
How Many Trauma Centers for Florida?

As hospitals urge the state to let them open trauma centers, Florida will have to decide how many centers should be allowed to open...

CEO Sounding Board
What is your most effective strategy for landing new business?

Focus: Education

Education & Higher Education

The $159 Diploma

Online and correspondence high schools offer an inexpensive path to a high school credential for dropouts. But Florida colleges don’t recognize many of the online degrees, and some employers don’t either.

A Digital Education for Florida Schools

Florida set an ambitious goal of providing one computer device for each public school student. It’s getting an education.

MBA Programs in Florida
Delivering an MBA Degree

Online MBA programs, once solely the product of for-profit schools, have gone mainstream.

MBA Professors

Instructors of graduate-level courses in accounting, finance, management, and other relevant topics in MBA programs in Florida bring on-the-job experience into their classrooms.
» Also: Listings of MBA Programs in Florida


Depositing More Branches

Canadian banks are following their cutomers to Florida, hoping to tap new opportunities.

Out of the Woods in Northwest Florida

St. Joe Co. is selling the majority of its woodland property in northwest Florida, about 383,000 acres.

Habitat for Humanity Foreclosures in Jacksonville

The Jacksonville affiliate of Habitat for Humanity, called HabiJax, foreclosed on 50 homeowners last year, following 33 in 2012 .

SeaWorld’s Whale of a Fight

The film, Blackfish caught fire in late 2013, and has SeaWorld executives seeing red.

Florida Southern College’s Wright Stuff

A few years back, Florida Southern in Lakeland began work on a 13th Frank Lloyd Wright building...

Florida Tech’s Natural Niche

FIU wants to raise $10 million to build a world-class education, research and outreach center

Sea Bound

Royal Caribbean Cruises plans to build a $20-million, 130,000-sq.-ft. training facility in south Florida

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Florida Trend Video Pick

Everything you need to know about the flu
Everything you need to know about the flu

Give flu vaccine another chance: This year’s version got a recipe change that should make it more effective after last winter’s misery from a nasty surprise strain of virus.

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Ballot Box

The Florida Legislature is considering allowing people with concealed weapon permits to bring their firearms on public college and university campuses. Are you in favor of allowing this, or not?

  • Yes, allow concealed weapons permit holders to bring guns to school
  • No, am opposed to this idea

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