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November 17, 2018

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Florida farmers still recovering from Hurricane Irma damage, waiting on federal funding

Farmers in Florida were hard hit when Hurricane Irma slammed the area in September 2017. But one year later, farmers are still waiting for the government to step in and help in their recovery. The United States Department of Agriculture approved more than $2.3 billion for agriculture after Hurricane Irma. [Source: WFTX]

Follow the money in Florida's contentious race for governor

The race for governor of Florida will be one of the nation’s most important of the 2018 midterm elections. And also one of the most expensive. The election pits Democrat Andrew Gillum against Republican Ron DeSantis. Who is financing their campaigns, and what are Gillum and DeSantis spending war chests on? [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]

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» Senate debate time: Bill Nelson, Rick Scott set to face off Oct. 2

It was inevitable: Buffett licenses ‘Coral Reefer’ brand to medical marijuana company

Jimmy Buffett, the singer, entrepreneur and Palm Beach resident who urged Florida residents to legalize medical marijuana, is getting into the weed business himself. Buffett will license his Coral Reefer brand to Surterra Holdings Inc. for a line of cannabis products including vape pens, gel caps, edibles and lotions, the companies said Tuesday. Full news release from Surterra is here. Also read more at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and the Palm Beach Post.

A shift in Florida law firms' IP services

A paradigm shift is apparently underway at a number of Florida’s general practice firms. Due to a changing legal industry, advances in technology and unprofitable intellectual property groups, Florida’s general practice firms are reconsidering how to best serve their clients’ intellectual property needs. More from Law360 and Brinks Gilson.

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›Leading the way in bone marrow therapies for children
Nicklaus Children's Hospital is using the latest advances in blood and bone marrow transplantation to help children have better outcomes. In this article, Dr. Kamar Godder talks about her life's work at the hospital helping boys and girls -- who were once very sick -- get better.

› South Florida scammers stole identities, then millions from the IRS
When it comes to ripping off the U.S. government, it’s the oldest trick in the book: steal someone’s identity, submit a fake income-tax return and take the refund payment to a local check-cashing store that looks the other way. Yant Garcia, however, took the scheme to another level.

› Brevard restaurants upset by DoorDash deliver service, saying they're being misrepresented
While last week's announcement that DoorDash, a San Francisco-based restaurant meal delivery service, would start service in Brevard County gave home-body food lovers a new option, it gave some local restaurant owners pause.

› AT&T plans to offer 5G in Orlando early next year
AT&T announced plans Tuesday to become the first internet service provider to offer 5G speeds to Orlando customers by early next year. The next generation of mobile networks, 5G is expected to produce internet speeds many times faster than the best networks available today.

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