August 21, 2019

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What you need to know about Florida today

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Inside how the Trump campaign plans to win Florida again in 2020

President Donald Trump's reelection team is ramping up its game plan to win Florida again in 2020, and the campaign is off to a radically different start than last time. In 2016, with 100 days until Election Day, the Trump campaign's ground game in Florida was virtually nonexistent. This time, the reelection team is getting a head start to ensure Florida, the president's second home isn't such a nail biter. More from WFTS and ABC News.

Why Miami is the Top City for Small Business Growth in 2019

Miami has vaulted to the No. 1 spot for starting a small business in the U.S., according to Biz2Credit's annual rankings of the Top 25 Cities for Small Business Growth released this week. More than 82,000 small businesses employ 53% of the Miami-Dade County's workforce, revealed a study commissioned by the Florida Small Business Development Center. See the report here and read more from CNBC and Forbes.

Tampa's Athena Society awards career assistance grants

Pursing higher education always poses challenges. But it can be even more daunting without support and encouragement. On Thursday, May 2, eight Hillsborough County women received that support from Tampa's Athena Society, which awarded each of them a $2,250 career assistance grant. More from the Tampa Bay Times.

Will Florida residents be safe in a disaster? New health report says: Maybe

As the 2019 hurricane season looms and as Hepatitis A cases continue to soar in Florida, a report issued Wednesday shows that more work needs to be done to ensure the health and safety of residents against emerging infectious diseases, terrorism and extreme weather conditions. See the report here and read more from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Is Florida agriculture under attack by state political leaders?

As Florida lawmakers return home from a frustrating legislative session for Florida’s agriculture industry, the state’s farmers and ranchers wonder where they stand in a political environment that is much different than years past. More from the Southeast AgNet.

Publisher's Column
Investing in Florida

 Since joining Florida Trend nearly three years ago, I have traveled the state — from the Panhandle to Miami — meeting with business executives, government officials and civic leaders, learning what makes this state so unique. Florida is a young state, growing in every direction and continually starting new chapters of its own as it manages a growing and diverse population.

» Read David Denor's full column here.


Florida History
The Sunshine Skyway Bridge plunged into Tampa Bay 39 years ago

floridaThe twin golden spires of the Sunshine Skyway bridge meet at the entrance of Tampa Bay, forming our most iconic symbol. It also marks our greatest tragedy. It was 39 years ago that the storm-blinded freighter Summit Venture crashed into the support columns of the old Sunshine Skyway bridge, causing a 1,200-foot span of the bridge to collapse into the bay.

» Read more from the Tampa Bay Times.

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Watch: Old rental car garage imploded at Tampa International Airport
Watch: Old rental car garage imploded at Tampa International Airport

It was months in the making but took less than a minute to complete. Tampa International Airport early Tuesday morning imploded its old rental car garage to make room for future construction.

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