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Sky’s the limit for commercial drone use

Like children waiting for Santa Claus, developers of unmanned aircraft — the robotics technology popularly known as drones — can hardly wait for the next stages of commercialization. So are executives from a variety of industries whose efficiencies and opportunities stand to greatly improve when the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration lifts its ban on commercial drone use, perhaps as early as 2015. More at the Jacksonville Daily Record.

See also:
» Drones: They're not just for blowing up terrorists anymore
» Ag is most promising market for drones

More Florida high schools earn A's

Florida high schools earned more A's this year than ever before, with 223 campuses statewide earning top marks on the state's annual A-to-F report card, the Florida Department of Education announced this morning. The percentage of high schools earning A's or B's hit 82 percent, a sharp increase from a decade ago when only 40 percent did. More at the Orlando Sentinel and StateImpact Florida.

Major League Baseball takes another swing at Hialeah

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tissue tech
To heal the eye of a teenager who was nearly blinded in a fireworks accident in 2011, doctors placed a bandage made from preserved human amniotic membrane over his cornea. Eventually, the teenager regained full sight. The bandage was made by a subsidiary of Doral-based TissueTech.

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An unfulfilled vow to run a Major League Baseball youth academy in Hialeah is now on its third potential site, where baseball officials hope to open in 2015. Officials now covet the county’s Amelia Earhart Park for the academy, said Darrell Miller, MLB’s vice president of youth and facility development. More at Miami Today.

Ramón A. Abadin named Florida Bar president-elect designate

Miami attorney Ramón A. Abadin was elected to be the future Florida Bar president, beginning in June 2015, after he was certified as the Florida Bar’s president-elect designate. He will be sworn in as president-elect at the bar’s annual convention in June 2014. More at the Miami Herald.

Heico breaks $1 billion in sales in record year

Hollywood-based Heico Corp., known for making certified aviation parts that sell at lower prices than big-name manufacturers, said it broke $1 billion in sales for the first time during another record year. Net sales rose 12 percent to $1.008 billion and net income 20 percent to a record $102.4 million in the year ended Oct. 31. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Publisher's Column
Happy Holidays

Andy CortyIt’s time for New Year’s resolutions. So Florida Trend offers a dozen ideas to make Florida a better place — almost immediately.

In putting together the feature, the editorial team talked to wise people all over Florida looking for ideas that could be implemented expeditiously for very little money.

» Read more from Florida Trend Publisher Andrew P. Corty