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What you need to know about Florida today
Could Hurricane Michael extinguish Apalachicola's struggling oyster industry?
Apalachicola oystermen are used to tragedy. Many felt the oysters would one day come back if given proper time, and millions of dollars have been spent rebuilding the bay in the past three years. After this latest storm, however, optimism for the bivalve’s return to prominence is in short supply among current and former oystermen More from the Pensacola News-Journal.
Virgin Atlantic flight from Orlando is the first-ever to run on synthetic fuel
A Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747 took off from Orlando bound for London earlier this month, powered by synthetic jet fuel. Its prime Ingredient was exhaust from a Chinese steel mill, which was turned into ethanol and rendered at a Georgia refinery into jet fuel. More from the Orlando Sentinel.
Pasco to promote itself as Florida's Sports Coast
Pasco County plans to secede from the Nature Coast. It no longer will be only natural, either. Visit Pasco, the county’s tourism agency, is poised to rebrand Pasco as Florida’s Sports Coast to capitalize on its sports facilities, outdoor adventure offerings and water activities along the coast. More from the Tampa Bay Times.
Florida must find a ‘happy medium’ on the minimum wage, influencers say
Florida needs to set a higher minimum wage to help workers struggling to make ends meet, according to a panel of the state’s leading voices. But there was little consensus on how high it should go. More from the Miami Herald.
Activist calls for Bloomin’ Brands to shrink, appoint chairman
Barington Capital Group reiterated its demands for changes at Bloomin’ Brands Inc., the owner of Outback Steakhouse, including spinning off smaller restaurant brands and appointing an independent chairman. Barington owns about 0.6 percent of the common shares in the Tampa, Florida-based company. More from Bloomberg.
Florida Small Business
This article is a handy list of financial resources statewide. Whether you are a certified development company, a small business seeking an SBA loan, an entrepreneur looking for venture capital firm, you will find it at this link.
» More from Florida Small Business.
Senior Housing Solutions
After 30 years as an executive overseeing more than 75 senior communities in 14 states, Bruce Rosenblatt sought a change in lifestyle. The result: Bonita Springs-based Senior Housing Solutions, one of the first locally owned and operated senior housing consulting services in Southwest Florida when the then-42-year-old Rosenblatt founded it 10 years ago.
» Read more from the Business Observer.
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