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As the magazine turns 55, we review some interesting covers and the articles inside. This cover was the first, in 1958.

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55 Years of Florida Trend

The founding of Florida Trend by Tampa businessman Harris Mullen wasn’t the only Florida milestone in 1958. That year, a decision by the Florida Supreme Court limited the practice of real estate to persons licensed and registered in accordance with Florida law. In addition, the first mile of Florida interstate highways was paved, the first FHA-insured co-op went up in Fort Lauderdale and the first satellite was launched from Cape Canaveral. Read more about how the magazine and the state have changed over time and see a collection of Florida Trend covers over the years.

State regulator works to keep business competitive

Government regulatory agencies are not usually high on the list of business-friendly organizations. Ken Lawson, secretary of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, is working to change that perception. The state agency, with 11 offices across Florida, issues licenses to a wide-ranging list of businesses and professions. [Source: Daytona Beach News-Journal]

Jobs in Florida: The Rick Scott record

Gov. Rick Scott has staked his political future on his ability to bring jobs to Florida, but the first comprehensive review of his efforts shows few successes and hundreds of unfulfilled promises. Since taking office in 2011, Scott has pledged $266 million in tax breaks and other incentives in return for 45,258 new jobs. But 96 percent of the jobs have yet to materialize. Read the full story from the Times/Herald and see also:

» Database of jobs promised and delivered
» New frontier for Space Coast jobs
» Once celebrated, Colt deal appears on verge of ruin
» Quid pro quo for jobs deals? Hard to see it
» For some, Rick Scott's jobs plan isn't working


Art Basel Miami: Overwhelming, but worth it

The 12th annual art fair, held in the cavernous Miami Beach Convention center, featured 250 galleries showing Modern and contemporary art. It’s a fair intended for collectors -- though it certainly attracts art lovers of all types (all 50,000 of us.) Read the full story and see a photo gallery.

What life is like on minimum wage

A recent FloridaWorks report showed an increase of 3,700 jobs over the past year in metropolitan Gainesville, more than 1,000 of which were in the hospitality and leisure industry, which routinely hires low-wage workers. See profiles of three Gainesville minimum wage workers, plus a breakdown of how those wages are spent every month. [Source: Gainesville Sun]


› Marketing flourishes at simulation show
While the crowd numbers declined a bit at last week's military training and simulation trade show in Orlando, the marketing, pitching and deal-making were still at full throttle, organizers said.

› Nurse education expansion creates failing programs
Laws passed in recent years to boost the number of nurses in Florida have resulted in more nursing education programs on probation and more nursing graduates failing the national competency examination.

› Tampa Bay facing tough choices to keep cruise ship industry going
The bay area faces three options that will decide the fate of its cruise ship industry: raise the Sunshine Skyway Bridge to allow megacruise ships of the future to pass beneath; build a new cruise terminal west of the bridge for megaships without having them go under the bridge; or do nothing and watch Tampa lose its cruise ship business to ports in New Orleans, Galveston, Houston and Mobile.

› Divorce law firms' specialty: to serve man
In a family court system that some say is tilted to favor women, attorney Kenny Leigh makes no apologies — he is in business to serve man. While the specialty remains uncommon, a handful of firms throughout Florida have taken a similar approach. It's a narrow market, lawyers say, but most major cities have at least one firm dedicated to men.
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› Florida students ‘happy’ at school despite lagging PISA scores
Florida’s students lag behind most of the developed world when it comes to math and science, but at least they’re generally “happy” with the quality of their public education. Survey results released this week show most of the nearly 2,000 Florida teenagers who took the PISA test are “satisfied” with their schooling.

› Higher home prices lift spirits of 'underwater' borrowers
South Florida home prices have increased by more than 20 percent in the past year, restoring lost equity and giving thousands of dispirited homeowners new hope.

› Group helps foster kids make up academic ground
Many children in foster care are far behind in school. That's because chaotic home lives and then sometimes-changing foster-care placements lead to missed days in the classroom.

› GRU might challenge protections for Lower Santa Fe, Ichetucknee
The state's proposed environmental protections for the Lower Santa Fe and Ichetucknee rivers have stirred opposition and cost concerns from a utilities group that includes Gainesville and Jacksonville.