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Gulf states get first $113M from oil spill fines

The five states that border the Gulf of Mexico are getting $113 million to improve the environment, the first small chunk of $2.5 billion that BP and Transocean were fined as a result of criminal pleas last year following the 2010 Gulf oil spill. The grants were announced Thursday by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Louisiana is getting $67.9 million, Florida $15.7 million, Alabama $12.6 million, Texas $8.8 million and Mississippi $8.2 million. More from the AP and the Pensacola News Journal.

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Florida's top chef Justin Timineri » Story here

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Kitchen is the mission for Florida's top chef

From promoting Florida’s bounty abroad to teaching kids about healthy eating, state chef Justin Timineri has a full plate. Growing up in Tallahassee, Justin Timineri was always poking around the kitchen as his parents and grandmother simmered sauces, baked ziti and prepared other Italian-American comfort foods. Today, as Florida’s official state chef, Timineri, 38, tries to educate diners across the state and the globe about Florida’s flavors. Read the full story and see a recipe for Citrus Glazed Gator Ribs.

Florida may have to prop up Medicaid pay for doctors

The Florida Medical Association has started lobbying lawmakers to include money in the upcoming 2014-15 fiscal-year budget to prevent doctors from falling back to lower payment rates. The FMA estimates the state's cost at about $135 million, and a state report last year put the potential cost even higher. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]

Venezuela’s crackdown on retailers pushes big money to Florida

Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro’s crackdown on retailers has increased the urgency for Venezuelan business owners to move their money to South Florida, if they’re able to. The government takeovers of businesses started under late President Hugo Chavez, and that contributed to major flight capital and immigration to South Florida. [Source: South Florida Business Journal]

Dropbox, a hit with consumers, is now going after business market

Dropbox is already a hit with consumers. Now it's looking to corner the business market. The online storage service already has 200 million users who save more than 1 billion files in Dropbox every day, Chief Executive Drew Houston said. Now Dropbox is looking to get businesses on board with Dropbox for Business. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]


› Allure of the Seas scheduled for mechanical repairs
One of the world’s largest cruise ships is having some big mechanical issues. Royal Caribbean International said Thursday that the 5,400-passenger Allure of the Seas will be pulled out of service for a week so unscheduled repairs can be made in the Bahamas.

› Tesla coming to Boca thanks to last-minute deal
A last-minute agreement was hammered out Wednesday that will allow Tesla to zoom into the Town Center at Boca Raton without the City Council's green light. There's no date available yet for when the high-end electric car will be available alongside Prada bags and Coach belts.

› Orlando tourism group targets LGBT honeymooners
Converge Orlando Inc., Orlando’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender visitors bureau, will be marketing Orlando as a honeymoon destination to same-sex couples with a campaign starting Dec. 1.

› Jackson Health ends year with $45 million surplus
Jackson Health System closed the year ending Sept. 30 with a $45 million surplus, another positive development in what has been a very good year for Miami-Dade’s public hospital network.

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› Big break may await entrepreneurs
No doubt, some would call Startup Weekend Space Coast a “geek festival.” But considering Apple’s Steve Jobs, Microsoft’s Bill Gates and thousands of others of the world’s high-tech leaders probably wore that moniker at some point, you might not think it’s a derisive term.

› South Florida companies hunt mobile, web-based dollars
With a few exceptions, companies featured in Thursday’s Emerging Technologies Business Showcase were Internet, mobile application or software-based companies based in Boca Raton.

› More renters than buyers in Southwest Florida
New Census data released Thursday shows Southwest Florida's cities have changed in ways big and small since the onset of the Great Recession.

› Lockheed Martin cutting 4,000 jobs, closing plants
Lockheed Martin is cutting 4,000 jobs, about 3.5 percent of its workforce, as the defense contractor continues to look for ways to lower costs amid reduced government spending.
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