February 26, 2015

Travel & Tourism

Big top for the big top: Feld Entertainment finds a home in Manatee County

Feld Entertainment finds a home in Manatee County spacious enough to house its giant productions. Read more »
Published on 2/26/2015

Florida food worth worshipping

When two of the biggest food trends collide -- the booming demand for local ingredients and big-city celebrity chefs -- it's joyous confusion. Read more »
Published on 2/26/2015

Theme park wizards

Just a few years ago, Universal was struggling. Now on an expansion tear led by Harry Potter, the resort is reshaping the theme park world in Orlando. Read more »
Published on 1/28/2015

Florida tourism: Briefs & stats

Briefs include: Cruises to Cuba, an update on BP oil spill settlements, and shakeups at SeaWorld Entertainment. Read more »
Published on 1/28/2015

Charting a New Course on Cuba

Today, the United States is taking historic steps to chart a new course in our relations with Cuba and to further engage and empower the Cuban people. Read more »
Published on 12/17/2014

Crystal Lagoons builds projects in Florida

A Chilean company called Crystal Lagoons hopes four projects in Florida will help it establish recreational lagoons as a real estate amenity in the U.S. market. Read more »
Published on 11/26/2014

Universal Studios' high-crime zone incentive money grab

While legal, the theme park's use of an anti-crime incentives program isn't sitting well with sponsors of the bill. Read more »
Published on 11/26/2014

What will be on Florida's tables in 2015?

Smaller plates, better vegetarian/vegan offerings and more farm-to-table food. Read more »
Published on 11/24/2014

Belgian food and drink takes center stage in Florida

Just as Belgium broke into the World Cup quarterfinals, Belgian chefs have begun to put their best food forward, with a clear Belgian imprimatur. Read more »
Published on 9/26/2014

Driving for dough in Florida's golf resort industry

Sheila Johnson's big move into Florida's golf resort industry began with a cold call. A broker called the co-founder of Black Entertainment Television to gauge her interest in buying one of Florida's best-known golf retreats, the struggling Innisbrook Resort near Tampa. Read more »
Published on 9/26/2014

Miami-Dade is a hotbed for international hotel brands

With a steady stream of international tourists contributing to record occupancy rates and revenue per room, investors, new hotel brands and international hospitality companies are buying and developing hotels in Miami-Dade at a fever pitch. Read more »
Published on 9/26/2014

Disney places its bets

Disney's spending on campaigns has risen from just over $700,000 during the 2008 election cycle to almost $4 million during 2012, making it one of the most politically generous businesses in the state. Read more »
Published on 8/28/2014

More Florida visitors pay off with jobs

Florida TaxWatch quantifies the jobs created by increased Florida tourism. Read more »
Published on 8/4/2014

Taking notice of Little Havana

With the exception of affordable housing developments, Miami's Little Havana neighborhood had been largely ignored by residential real estate developers until earlier this year, when Miami-based Astor Cos. launched sales at its $95-million InTown condominium project. Read more »
Published on 7/28/2014

Greenlight Pinellas: Connecting Tampa Bay

Chris Steinocher, President & CEO, St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce, explains the benefits of a proposed public mass transit system with plans to unite the Bay Area. Read more »
Published on 7/22/2014

Going the distance: Florida executives share their passion for cycling

Four Florida executives share their passion for cycling Read more »
Published on 5/28/2014

Florida's unfriendly skies

Within Florida, the drive-or-fly decision can be problematic, particularly when it comes to traveling to Tallahassee. Read more »
Published on 4/30/2014

Florida's film industry: A regional roundup

Florida has made a concerted effort to attract film producers over the years. Read more »
Published on 3/31/2014

Taking a reel risk with Miami's Panamax Films

Eight years after starting his Miami-based film studio Panamax Films, James McNamara has learned tough lessons. Read more »
Published on 3/31/2014

'Fish Tank Kings' brings new reality to Living Color Aquariums

Fort Lauderdale-based Living Color Aquariums tries to parlay global exposure on reality TV show “Fish Tank Kings” into new business and new markets. Read more »
Published on 3/31/2014

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