December 12, 2019

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Florida gas prices expected to rise as July 4th approaches

With tensions rising with Iran, crude oil prices on the rise and 2.6 million Floridians ready to travel for the Independence Day holiday, AAA expects gas prices to continue to increase throughout the Sunshine State. Pump prices already went up by 11 cents last week, in response to a $5 per barrel increase in crude oil. More from Florida Daily, WFLA, and WFTX.

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» Record-Breaking 48.9 Million Americans to Travel this Independence Day

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Florida Trend receives five 'Editorial Excellence' honors from the Alliance of Area Business Publishers

The annual AABP Editorial Excellence competition recognizes excellence in journalism, photography and design achieved by regional business publications.

Florida Trend featured wins in five categories:

Best feature layout — “Florida’s Water Future”

Best personality profile — “Philosopher President”

Best recurring feature — “Icon”

Best explanatory journalism — “919 New Floridians Every Day”

Best magazine staff — From big stories that provide coverage for one of the nation’s most dynamic states to little stories that focus tightly and locally, Florida Trend gives its readers remarkable complexity and depth.

» Read more here.

Harris Corp. and L3 Technologies complete merger to become L3Harris Technologies

Harris Corporation and L3 Technologies have completed the all-stock merger between the two companies. The combined company is called L3Harris Technologies, and it will be the sixth largest defense company in the U.S. The new company will have approximately $17 billion in revenue and 50,000 employees. More from WXXI.

Opinion: South Florida tech businesses need to join forces to compete globally

In South Florida, there seems to be more buzz than there is honey, despite consistently being the Kauffman Foundation’s #1 region for startup activity. We have more initiatives, organizations, and leaders than most regions, but are our many dispersed efforts truly having an impact? Are we doing something right or just building a silo? More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

$1 million Jacksonville Landing demolition set for fall

One way or another, the distinctive orange-colored metal roof covering the Jacksonville Landing will likely get a second life after a contractor starts demolishing the mall in a few months. The $1 million demolition job is expected to start in the fall and finish by the end of the year, city spokeswoman Nikki Kimbleton said. D.H. Griffin Wrecking Co. Inc., which won the contract to tear down the mall, has a long-standing practice to salvage materials when possible to avoid dumping them in a landfill. More from the Florida Times-Union.

Out of the Box
Florida professor invents ‘dronejacking’ system

 An Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University professor has invented an artificial intelligence program that can hijack rogue drones, safely neutralizing any possible threat. The invention is the brainchild of ERAU assistant professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Houbing Song. He came up with the idea after noticing an uptick in unauthorized drone sightings.

» More from the Ocala Star-Banner.


Business Profile
Young Fulford Cremation and Funeral Services

floridaBilling itself as Tallahassee's and Leon County's only independent funeral home with an on-site crematory and green certification, Young Fulford Cremation and Funeral Services is also the symbol of a changing “death-care” landscape. During the past 40 years, more and more people have chosen cremation over a traditional burial — and funeral homes in the Big Bend have adapted to this evolving business of death.

» Read more from the Tallahassee Democrat.

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