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Florida tourism destinations examine security in wake of Las Vegas

Expect to see more security at your favorite theme parks, festivals, hotels, cruise ships and even vacation condos because of Sunday's massacre — and that could cost you more money — safety experts say. But some companies hope the wave of the future will be security enhancements that you don't notice. More from USA Today and NBC Miami.

SpaceX's next rocket could see Florida's Space Coast add activity

A component of SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s plan to establish spaceflight to Mars gained a critical component recently when he announced how he intends to pay for it — and part of the plan involves more frequent flights that can use smaller rockets. More from the Orlando Sentinel.

Chewy.com expanding presence at Dania Beach headquarters

Online pet supply company Chewy.com won’t be moving its headquarters out of South Florida anytime soon. The company has leased an additional 27,200 square feet of space at the Design Center of the Americas in Dania Beach. More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Florida fishing villages, famed for smugglers and stone crabs, dig out from Irma’s mud

Three weeks after Hurricane Irma lashed Chokoloskee and Everglades City, the small fishing villages as well known for stone crabs as their outlaw past are still digging out from a blow that brought powerful winds but also something much worse — a storm surge awash in deep, foul mud. More from the Miami Herald.

U.S. charges 12 in Florida with $20M food stamp fraud scheme

Federal investigators say 12 people in Florida are accused of defrauding the government out of more than $20 million by illegally trading food stamps for cash. See the full news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida, here. Also read more at the AP.

Profile
Proof is in the pastry

florida Michael Getoff was enjoying semi-retirement as a personal trainer when he got word of an opportunity. An investor in gluten-free food company GeeFree wanted Getoff, a Sarasota County resident who founded a furniture company in a previous corporate life, to be the company’s chief operating officer.

» More from the Business Observer.

End of an Era
49er Flea Market

florida originalsOne of Tampa Bay's most popular flea markets is going the way of Life magazine, poodle skirts and Jadeite dinnerware. The longtime owners of the 49er Flea Market sold it for $3.3 million late last month and expect to shut it down as of Nov. 30.

» Read more from the Tampa Bay Times.