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And now, the details: Florida's New Governor, Ron DeSantis
Ron DeSantis won the race for governor after a year-long, $100-million-plus campaign that was one of the most expensive and closely watched elections in the nation last year. And yet DeSantis, a Republican from Northeast Florida who spent most of the past six years as a far-right member of the U.S. House of Representatives, is still very much a mystery to many Floridians. Read the full story here.
» Rick Scott's Legacy as Florida's Governor: Scott's focus on the state's economy and finances has left incoming Gov. Ron DeSantis room to maneuver.
David Denor named publisher of Florida Trend
David Denor has been named publisher of Florida Trend, a statewide business magazine published by the parent company of the Tampa Bay Times. Denor, 47, replaces longtime publisher Andy Corty, who will continue as president of Trend Magazines. See the full announcement here and read more from the Tampa Bay Times.
Florida gas prices sink to 26-month lows
Prices at the pump are off to their lowest start to the month of January since 2016. Gas prices in Florida dropped another 4 cents last week. The state average has now declined nearly 70 cents since October. [Source: NorthEscambia.com]
You knew hurricanes are stressful. Now researchers know how much.
Watching the news to brace for a hurricane is a fact of life for us Floridians, but you need to be careful not to stay glued to all those media reports. Because if you do, you’re more likely to succumb to stress and mental health problems after the storm. Those are among the findings of a new study released by psychologist-researchers at the University of California-Irvine. See the full announcement and read more from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Florida ranks No. 3 for the most student debt
Florida ranks No. 3 for the highest amount of student loan debt, according to a new analysis by Experian. Floridians had $89.4 billion in student loans for the third quarter of 2018, up 177 percent from the same quarter in 2008. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]
Overcoming the Odds
Carol Broxton, Pharm.D., is the Northwest Florida regional pharmacy manager of JTJ Medical Supply, doing business as Mail-Meds Clinical Pharmacy & Bliss Rx. Not only does Carol help her community by championing new medical initiatives that make it easier for patients to achieve optimal health, she also serves as an inspiration, proving anything is possible when you work hard to achieve your goals. [Sponsored report]
ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:
› Florida restaurant chain opens new concept in Nashville
Restaurant chain First Watch has opened Sun & Fork by First Watch, a new fast-casual all-day breakfast and lunch concept, in Nashville, Tenn. The new restaurant is east Manatee County-based First Watch’s only fast-casual restaurant.
› War against Miami Beach’s rogue scooters goes high-tech
After a rowdy 2018 Spring Break, Miami Beach banned motorized scooter rentals for the month of March — a time of year when thousands of young people flood the island. Miami Beach police gave out over 450 tickets to scooter drivers that month, more than double the number of citations in the first two months of the year combined.
› JEA hunt for headquarters site is silent on evacuation risk
EA’s search for the site of a new headquarters building will move forward Tuesday when developers formally submit their proposals in the next step of a selection process that potentially could end with JEA relocating to an area that’s more vulnerable to hurricane-related storm surge flooding.
› The intersection of art and wealth management in Florida
As Art Basel descended upon Miami with an army of wealthy global art collectors, it’s useful to consider how the art market drives billions of dollars worth of economic activity not only locally, but around the world.
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