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August 18, 2018

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What you need to know about Florida today

| 5/18/2018

Florida unemployment holds at 3.9 percent, state adds 9,600 jobs

Florida’ economy appears to have plateaued with its unemployment rate holding at 3.9 percent for the seventh straight month. According to the April report released Friday, the Sunshine State added a modest 9,600 jobs over the month. More from the Tampa Bay Times.

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» Businesses Continue to Create Thousands of Jobs for Floridians
» Metro Orlando jobless rate dips to 3.1 percent

Don't mess with success (aka Florida's global trade sector)

Global trade continues to provide a strong foundation for Florida’s economy, according to a new report from Business Roundtable. Global trade facilitated $50.4 billion in Florida goods and $42.6 billion in Florida services exports in 2016, when Florida companies reached customers in 231 countries and territories. More from the Business Observer.

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» Florida Has a Real Economic Stake in Negotiations to Modernize NAFTA

He created Miami's most famous clothing company. Now he wants it back.

The immigrant son of parents who themselves had immigrated from Eastern Europe to Cuba, George Feldenkreis arrived in the U.S. in 1961 with $700 in his pocket. Fifty years later, he was chairman of a public company named for the star New York designer of his generation. More from the Miami Herald.

New attractions lift Orlando theme park attendance

The arms race to build new theme park attractions in Orlando is paying dividends. A new report shows that theme park attendance in North America last year was up 2.3 percent, powered by new attractions in Orlando. More from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Battery maker to move headquarters from Alabama to Tampa

Custom battery-maker Resistacap Energy Products will move its headquarters from Huntsville, Ala., to its existing facility near Westchase, the company and the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp. said Thursday. More from the Tampa Bay Times.

Sports Business
Super-sized sports chain coming to Bradenton

 Florida's sixth PGA Tour Superstore, a 40,000-square-foot retail facility that is nearly as large as a supermarket, is planned for The Shoppes at University Town Center in Bradenton.

» More from the Bradenton Herald.


Florida Dining
Happy Hour – On Steroids

floridaThe old happy hour buffet and two-fer drinks are gone. In its place are new, much improved hours that are more sophisticated in food and drink, start earlier (at 3 p.m. or even noon) and last longer (until 7:30 p.m. and sometimes returning for a second round at 10).

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USA’s biggest palm collection faces future of sea level rise
USA’s biggest palm collection faces future of sea level rise

Montgomery Botanical Center in Miami has the country’s biggest collection of palms and cycads. After Hurricane Irma, the garden’s director wondered what it would look like with a century of sea level rise.

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