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Florida celebrates 500th birthday with financial history website

The interactive, online application at MyFloridaCFO.com/YMM tracks the growth of the state’s transportation, agriculture, tourism and technology. It highlights some of the people and events that drove Florida’s economic growth, from Ponce de Leon first discovering “the land of flowers” in 1519 to Apollo 11 launching from the Kennedy Space Center. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

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Florida supermarket owners charged in $35 million fraud

A South Florida couple whose supermarket chain also offers financial services face fraud and money laundering charges that could land them in prison for decades. The couple operates Diaz Supermarkets, four of which have been closed after authorities raided them last week. More at the AP.

Environmental group says seismic testing could risk Florida's economy

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Oil searching airguns that blast sound pulses 100,000 times more intense than a jet engine every 10 seconds, around the clock, could injure and possibly kill an estimated 138,500 dolphins and whales in the Atlantic Ocean, according to a new report. More at Florida Today.

Carnival to reimburse feds for assisting disabled ships

Carnival Corp. has announced plans to reimburse the federal government for assisting the Carnival Triumph and Carnival Splendor, according to Dow Jones Business News. The two ships, the Carnival Splendor in 2010 and the Carnival Triumph in February, required U.S. Coast Guard assistance after fires disabled them off the coast of Mexico. More at the South Florida Business Journal and Dow Jones.

Florida full of potential, African leader says

Florida may seem like a long way to travel from Southern Africa in search of building partnerships, but don’t tell that to Namibia Prime Minister Hage Geingob. Geingob was among several politicians and world leaders, including Organization of American States Secretary General José Miguel Insulza, who attended the International Economic Forum of the Americas in Palm Beach last week. More at the Miami Herald.

Out of the Box
Program puts criminals to work

prison workInstead of spending time locked up in jail, certain criminals in Central Florida communities are being put to work on farms. In Brevard County, some low-level criminals are allowed to participate in the Work Farm Program. They grow vegetables, pick them and ship it to the jail. They live at home, go to work, but also come here to serve out their sentence.

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