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Crunch time to refill film incentives wallet

With fewer than two weeks left in the 2014 legislative session, it’s crunch time for efforts to reinvigorate Florida’s film tax incentive program, and near the end of a statewide push that drew the state’s film industry together. More at Miami Today.

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Developer wants to take control of three Miami streets

The developers of the massive, multiblock Miami Worldcenter complex are asking the city to turn over sections of three downtown streets for inclusion in the project, raising sharp objections from some nearby business owners and activists who call the proposed deal a giveway. More at the Miami Herald.

Southern banks getting better, but regulators still have concerns

Storm Science

1935 Keys hurricane upgraded to strongest on record

keys hurricane
The Great Labor Day Hurricane of 1935, which sand-blasted the clothing off people and killed 408 victims in the Keys, has just blown away a longtime storm record.

A National Hurricane Center reanalysis shows it was more powerful than Hurricane Camille, which for 45 years was listed as the mightiest storm on record to slam the continental United States.

» Full story from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Banks in the Southeast region are recovering from the recession nicely, although not as quickly in Florida and Georgia, according to regulators from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Sarasota Memorial Hospital CEO is leaving

Gwen MacKenzie, the popular and powerful CEO of the Sarasota Memorial Health Care System, is leaving after 10 years to lead five Michigan-based health systems owned by Ascension Health. More at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

UF students vie for big cash prizes in business plan competition

How much is a good idea worth? For entrepreneurial-minded University of Florida students, it could be a cool $25,000. That’s the grand prize for the winners of the inaugural Gator Business Plan Competition, which will be held April 24-25 at multiple sites on UF’s campus. More at UF News.

Out of the Box
Eco-friendly Burials

green burialsHere's a grim statistic: The estimated funeral costs for the baby boomer generation will be half a trillion dollars. Now many members of that demographic are looking for alternatives to expensive contemporary burials and funerals. It's not just about the money though; out of concern for the environment, more and more people are now opting for green burials, opening up opportunities for entrepreneurs who provide such services.

» Full story from Inc.