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August 14, 2018

Up Front - The Publisher's Column

Golden opportunities in Florida

Andrew P. Corty | 11/24/2015

The Golden Spoon Awards recognize Florida’s top restaurants. And this year, editor Chris Sherman outdid himself yet again, writing about one of the latest trends — “fiery fusion cuisine.”

Chefs today are combining various tastes, pairing Cuban food with Korean or Italian traditions, for instance. While many diners enjoy these latest concoctions, some of us are still more satisfied with a traditional fine meal.

To that end, Florida Trend offers more than 125 Golden Spoon restaurants across the state. About three dozen are now in the Golden Spoon Hall of Fame. And we have more than 20 top newcomers, each worth your attention. Please turn to page 80 in the print magazine (or click here) for the complete Golden Spoons package.

Starting this month, we are “mobilizing” the list — it’s now easily available on your smartphone by turning to

Hospitals and insurance companies are no longer distinct operators — hospitals are getting into the insurance business, and insurers are opening their own clinics.

The driving force is capitation. Instead of paying procedure by procedure, health care providers are increasingly shifting toward paying a set amount for the health care needs of their customers. That’s pushing them toward preventive care.

All of us see this at work in incentives designed to get us to stop smoking, lose weight, make an appointment for our annual free check-up, get a flu shot, walk more each day or even participate in some yoga at lunchtime. While that might sound a bit like Big Brother, I find that many people appreciate the effort, and in fact we all want to live healthier.

We follow our coverage of health care trends with a listing of some of the dominant hospitals in each region of Florida. You will see increased consolidation and a greater geographic spread as providers treat simpler cases close to your home, reserving the big metro hospitals for specialized care. That’s more convenient for the patients, and it holds costs down, fulfilling the capitation requirement.

You’re not paying attention if haven’t noticed the building boom across Florida. With population growth and tourism soaring, all of these people need places to live, work and shop.

From Navy Federal Credit Union in Pensacola to billion-dollar projects in Miami, the cranes are everywhere. Read about some of the biggest projects in the state in the report here, or starting on page 16 in the magazine.

Please note, however, that this list is not meant to be all-inclusive. There aren’t enough pages for that. We don’t list Miami International Airport, which has just completed a major project and is in a pause before the next cycle. We don’t list the billion-dollar Miami World Center, which is not yet under way. And we can’t possibly list every 30-story condominium or every hospital or every sports park.

The gist of the matter is that construction is back in a big, big way. Right now it’s hard to see anything but a continuation of this building boom for the foreseeable future. Some day it will end. But that day might be far in the future.

2015 has been another strong year for Florida Trend. Circulation grew in both print and digital. Advertising held steady with strong support from bankers, attorneys, colleges, local communities, advocates, and many others, all reaching our audience of influential leaders. The editorial content hit the mark throughout the year as timely, newsy and comprehensive. My thanks to our many supporters from every corner of this great state.

— Andy Corty

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