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Florida increasing focus on economic development

For many years Florida had an economy that would allow the state to sit back and not be aggressive. But in the past few years, Florida has taken a more active role in pursuing economic development, the state’s Secretary of Commerce and President and CEO of Enterprise Florida says. More at Miami Today.

In condo boom, some veterans see reminders of recent bust

The good times may be rolling again for South Florida’s real estate industry, but survivors of the last bust warned Tuesday that there may be too much exuberance over the latest boom. Panelists gathered for a real estate forum at a luxury hotel ticked off a series of cautionary notes that harkened back to the last time housing prices soared too high. More at the Miami Herald.

Record number of green sea turtle nests counted


A Clearwater Tale

Saturday Dec. 10, 2005, turned out to be a good day for both Winter the Dolphin and the city of Clearwater. That morning, the dolphin — entangled in a crab trap off the coast of Volusia County — was rescued and transported to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, where it was fitted with a prosthetic tail. The dolphin’s story — told in the 2011 film Dolphin Tale — gained international attention and kick-started a downtown resurgence

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» Viewpoints video with David Yates, CEO of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Florida wildlife officials are reporting a record number of green sea turtle nests. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission biologists said Wednesday that more than 25,000 green sea turtle nests were counted on 26 state beaches this year. More at the AP.

New Transformers ride lifts attendance at Universal Orlando

Optimus Prime is picking up where Harry Potter left off. A new Transformers-themed thrill ride helped lift attendance and guest-spending at Universal Orlando this summer, the resort's parent company said Wednesday. More at the Orlando Sentinel.

10 workplace trends that affect the way we work

Some major workplace trends affect the way we work. From an individual perspective, understanding these trends will give you an advantage. From an employer perspective, it will help make more informed business decisions. More at the Miami Herald.

Business Profile
Cleaning franchise Coverall focuses on health

coverallFrom cold and flu germs to more dangerous bacteria, Coverall North America franchises are taught how to reduce the spread of bugs at offices, medical clinics and retail stores. South Florida franchisees say Coverall's cleaning protocols and its franchise-owner training and support system set it apart. For 14 years, Coverall North America has been named a Top 200 franchise by Franchise Times.

» Full story from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel