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A case that comes before Florida's Supreme Court this month is focusing national attention on efforts to hold gun vendors liable for injuries caused by their merchandise. Less noticed -... Read more »
Published on 8/1/1996

Keeping The Lights On

Still, downtowns have refused to turn out the lights. Unable to compete with suburbia's wealth of every-day shopping opportunities, downtowns are selling themselves as destinations - special places where unique... Read more »
Published on 8/1/1996

Keeping The Lights On

Suburbs As any suburban shopper knows, Florida's landscape is covered with an endless variety of retail outlets, from sprawling malls to massive "big box" discounters. And while Florida continues to... Read more »
Published on 8/1/1996

Time For Caution

Office Market Lenders remain wary because leasing rates remain too low to justify new construction. By the end of 1996, South Florida's first speculative office tower since the recession of... Read more »
Published on 8/1/1996

Bright Prospects

Hospitality Market In terms of sheer numbers of hotel rooms, Florida has three of the nation's top 20 markets. Business should continue strong for the next few years. Florida's hotel... Read more »
Published on 8/1/1996

Industrial Market

Continuing strong demand for warehouses, office/distribution facilities and manufacturing plants has pushed industrial vacancy rates down into single digits throughout Florida. With no sign of a recession in either the... Read more »
Published on 8/1/1996

Michael Swerdlow: The Power Center

Florida's construction industry was on the brink of a big recession in 1988 when Michael J. Swerdlow and his fellow investors paid $300 million for Broward County's venerable Hollywood Inc.... Read more »
Published on 8/1/1996

Sea Of Green

Howard Frank has an unusual problem: finding ways to spend his employer's money. It may sound like a dream job, but when the employer is Carnival Corp., which will generate... Read more »
Published on 8/1/1996

College On A Budget

What would Florida railroad magnate Henry Flagler think about the strict austerity that has taken hold today at his once ostentatious Ponce de Leon hotel? When he opened the St.... Read more »
Published on 8/1/1996

Sweetbreads To Soul Food

First-time tourists to Gainesville and Ocala are well-advised to head for the downtown historic districts and check in with the visitors centers. Within easy walking distance of each are restaurants... Read more »
Published on 7/1/1996

Editor's Page

Recently, I received an unexpected invitation from the Italian consul in Miami to join him and his fellow European consuls for lunch at his residence. Dining on Italian fare was... Read more »
Published on 7/1/1996

Slow But Steady Growth

"I am saving $676 per month over last year and we have more people on the plan," enthuses Harold Klein, controller of Sunny Manufacturing Inc., a 60-worker manufacturer of waterbeds... Read more »
Published on 7/1/1996

Timing Is Everything

Give banker Eduardo Masferrer credit for a good sense of timing. In 1988, he was living in Panama and running Istmo Bank, which he'd founded, when the increasingly chaotic reign... Read more »
Published on 7/1/1996

Around the State

Florida Allstate Insurance Co., Florida's second-largest property insurer, plans to reduce its exposure to catastrophic loss by reorganizing its Florida property and casualty business in accordance with new laws passed... Read more »
Published on 7/1/1996

Enterprise Florida (finally)

Lots of things helped seal the deal for Gov. Chiles' economic development package during the 1996 Legislature: an increased role for international trade leaders, a bigger voice for local officials,... Read more »
Published on 7/1/1996

Looking Glass Law

A surprising new tort ruling is forcing business people to confront an old problem: the prospect of being held liable for wrongs they didn't do. The case stemmed from the... Read more »
Published on 7/1/1996

Between The Giants' Toes

It is late morning on a sunny spring day, and work is getting off to a slow start at Pineapple Press. The problem is not the weather. Although sunlight streams... Read more »
Published on 7/1/1996

Top 250 Public Companies

This year, 27th annual survey of the state's Top 250 Public Companies by Florida Trend presents a tantalizing mix. Compared with last year, revenues and market value rose sharply, but... Read more »
Published on 7/1/1996

House Of Glass

It seemed like a good idea at the time. Ask Anchor Glass Chairman James R. Malone why he took his current job three years ago, and that's about the best... Read more »
Published on 7/1/1996

Real Estate: Beach Party

Property values are rising on South Beach as new development blends with the area's architectural assets. Read more »
Published on 6/1/1996

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