September 27, 2016

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| 9/27/2016

Zika virus has many Americans rethinking fall travel to Florida

Florida's tourism industry is likely to take a big hit this fall as millions of Americans say they won't be traveling to the Sunshine State amid concerns over the Zika virus. More from Fox News, TravelWeek, and Travel Market Report.

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» Collier County sees slowdown in tourism in August

South Florida clinics win federal technology grants

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services this month awarded a total of $1.2 million to 15 local federally designated community health centers for IT improvements. More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Zika experts gather in Orlando to share latest research at entomology conference

When the International Congress of Entomology decided four years ago to hold its meeting in Orlando, the Zika virus was hardly on anyone's radar. On Monday, during a symposium at the conference, some of the field's foremost scientists talked about their research and what they had learned during the last year. More from the Orlando Sentinel.

Weather system could become named storm, head toward Florida

A tropical disturbance, Invest 97L, well east of the Windward Islands, is now likely to develop into the next Atlantic tropical depression or storm within the next day or two, and may pose a threat into next week in the Caribbean basin and possibly beyond. More from the Weather Channel and Click Orlando.

Florida perfume company could build 104,000-square-foot headquarters

Plantation-based perfume company AB Diversified Industries wants to build a new headquarters. The company acquired the 52,000-square-foot building formerly occupied by Sear’s for $2.6 million in 2014. The six-acre site would be cleared for development. More from the South Florida Business Journal.

Gainesville Music Association

florida Martin Gawlak has learned about the indie music business as he goes, managing a band, producing recordings and videos, organizing a tour and producing increasingly larger concerts. Now he's passing on those lessons through the Gainesville Music Association, an organization he started six months ago to support the business of music so musicians can focus on their craft.

» More from the Gainesville Sun.

Out of the Box
SeaWorld Will Introduce Virtual Reality Roller Coaster

virtual reality coaster SeaWorld Orlando will introduce Central Florida's first virtual-reality roller coaster next summer, retrofitting Kraken with headsets to give riders the sensation of traveling through the sea amid mythical and prehistoric creatures.

» More from the Orlando Sentinel

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