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September 26, 2018

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 350 biggest Florida companies

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350 Biggest Companies in Florida

What are the largest companies in the state? Find out in Florida Trend's annual listing of the biggest public and private companies. Companies on the list must be headquartered in Florida. They are ranked by revenue.» Go to the main "350 Biggest Companies" section

Florida's Biggest Public Companies Florida's Biggest Private Companies
Rank Company Rank Company
1 Tech Data 1 Publix Super Markets
2 World Fuel Services 2 H.I.G. Capital Management
3 Auto Nation 3 Southern Glazer's
4 Jabil Circuit 4 Sun Capital Partners
5 Carnival 5 JM Family Enterprises
Ranked by revenue. Source: Florida Trend

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» The 225 Private Companies list

Is Cuba abusing its overseas workers? A Tampa dissident takes Cuba to court

Raul Risco has filed a lawsuit in Havana demanding changes to the Cuban government’s practice of sending professionals to work overseas as part of a system he says is akin to human trafficking. His ultimate goal is to bring the case before the United Nations and its International Court of Justice. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]

As Florida panther deaths continue, apparent drop in kitten births raises concern

As iconic as they are endangered, Florida panthers continue dying in alarming numbers on state roadways, while the number of known panther births lags significantly behind prior years, state wildlife data show. The long-term survival of the species remains in jeopardy. Although the big cats are protected under federal and state laws, advocates worry. [Source: Florida Times-Union]

Florida businesses give back after federal tax reform

Dozens of business owners, managers and leaders of privately held companies in Florida have given raises and bonuses to their employees, invested in new equipment, hired new employees and enhanced benefit packages as a result of the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act. [Source: Florida Watchdog]

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The world has never seen a Category 6 hurricane. But the day may be coming.

Some changes — such as the slowing of hurricanes’ forward motion and the worsening of storm surges from rising sea levels — are happening now. Other impacts, such as their increase in strength, may have already begun but are difficult to detect, considering all of the other climate forces at work. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]


› US court: Shipwreck found off Florida belongs to France
A U.S. federal court has ruled that a shipwreck off Florida's Atlantic coast belongs to France and not the salvage company that found it in 2016. Salvage company Global Marine Exploration had argued it had the rights to claim the shipwreck because its identity couldn't be established.

› Despite recent dredge, PortMiami still can't fit some large ships. New project in the works
Despite a massive dredge project that was completed in 2015, PortMiami is still not wide enough in some areas to accommodate large vessels, making it difficult for cargo and cruise ships to navigate its channels.

› Herbert Hoover Dike repairs get $514.2 million boost in federal funding
As calls grow for state action to deal with toxic algae blooms in southern Florida, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced that funding is in place to speed repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike around Lake Okeechobee. See the Corps' document which details funding for "South Florida Ecosytem Restoration."

› Windshield lawsuits drop statewide; now barely a blip in South Florida
The rising tide of lawsuits by car windshield replacement companies against auto insurers has apparently crested — a result, plaintiff’s attorneys say, of pricing truces between insurers and independent glass shops.

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