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Florida soon to be third-most-populous state

Demographers expect Florida’s population to continue growing steadily over the next eight years. A population-estimating committee says the state is on track to soon be the country’s third-most populous. [Source: WFSU]

Special Report on Florida's Environment


Forget the argument over what may be causing it — if we take seriously the idea that the sea level could rise by more than seven inches in the next 30 years, what should Florida communities be doing about it, and how much will it cost?

» A Rising Concern: The impact of sea level rise on Florida

Survey: More Florida women want careers and families

A new LinkedIn study, "What Women Want @ Work," shows that the majority of women polled identify work-life balance as the most important factor when defining professional success – ranked above both salary and title. But, overwhelmingly, these same women believe they can ‘have it all’ – a fulfilling career, relationship and children. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]

Florida Aquifer can't handle 40% rise in water use by 2035

Much of Central Florida's environment, especially springs and wetlands tied to the Wekiva River, would suffer greatly if the region's utilities were to begin pumping from the ground all of the water already permitted by state rules. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]

» A Rising Concern: The impact of sea level rise on Florida

» FRIDAY PREVIEW: Coming next week to FloridaTrend.com:

  • Water Challenges: Daniel O’Keefe, a real estate attorney in the Orlando office of Shutts & Bowen, is the new chairman of the South Florida Water Management District, the state agency that oversees water resources in the Everglades and 16 counties.
  • Jackson in the Black: Former banker Carlos Migoya took Jackson from the brink of bankruptcy to an $8-million profit.
  • Catalogs.com: Leslie and Richard Linevsky built their Fort Lauderdale-based Catalogs.com into an 18-employee, $5-million revenue business from a base in neckties.
  • Jobs and revenue at the Panama City Port: Panama City Port provides a $1.4-billion economic boost for the region, state and nation, according to a port-commissioned study.

» You'll find all these stories first on the Daily and Afternoon Pulse e-mails.

Business Profile

etect A Florida company has received a $1.2 million grant to develop pills with tiny sensors that when taken send a signal to a monitor worn by the patient. eTect, headquartered in Jonesville and with an office in Melbourne, received the Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which is part of the National Institutes of Health.

» Full story from the Gainesville Sun