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Scott to lead 150 on Colombia mission

South Florida's Manny Mencia and friends are hoping to seize the moment in Colombia. No, they're not plotting a revolution — at least not the kind with soldiers and guns. Instead, they'll go down there with business suits and briefcases blazing, marching alongside Gov. Rick Scott and others from Florida business and government. More at Miami Today.

A tasty report: Red grouper have regrouped

In the late 1990s, many grouper species — including red grouper — were considered overfished. But in the early 2000s, populations surged. A 2005 bloom of red tide again lowered the Gulf’s red grouper population, but in recent years the species has rebounded thanks to catch quotas and protected spawning areas put in place by groups such as NOAA. Read more at the Fort Myers News-Press.

CRA program opens door to solar energy

Business Profile


Making the Olympic Games coverage run on time proved fruitful for Hollywood-based ScheduALL. The privately held software company’s products allowed NBCU to manage its London Olympics coverage.

It’s a high-profile job for a behind-the-scenes company for the broadcast, satellite, studio and production industries.

» ScheduALL

Next time you drive through downtown Fort Lauderdale, don't be surprised if you see more solar panels on buildings. Three buildings already have solar awnings, thanks to a Community Redevelopment Agency program that offers grants for beautification and other improvements in economically challenged areas. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Auto shops cash in on Tropical Storm Isaac

Cars and trucks, buried under water, have become the lasting images from the sustained downpours of Tropical Storm Isaac. And while the weather has mostly cleared, auto repair shops throughout Palm Beach County say they still haven’t been able to pick up many swamped cars left behind. More at the Palm Beach Post.

Index: Home prices see increase in June

Home prices in South Florida and across the nation increased in June, another indication that the housing market is rebounding from the six-year bust. Prices in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties rose 1.6 percent from May and 4.4 percent from a year ago, figures from the Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller home price index show. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Out of the Box
Queen of Redneck Island

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Jennifer Kercher has been receiving marriage proposals the past few days, many of them in the form of messages on Facebook. That's what happens when a woman wins $100,000 on national television. Kercher, a Lakeland native and Kathleen High School graduate, emerged as the winner Saturday night in the final episode of the competitive TV show "Redneck Island." Kercher outlasted 11 other contestants to claim the grand prize on the first season of the CMT show hosted by former pro wrestler Steve Austin.

» Full story from the Lakeland Ledger
» Redneck Island on CMT
» Jennifer Kercher homepage