July 9, 2020

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Mortgage fraud risk is going down around the U.S. — but South Florida is still on top

Mortgage fraud is dropping around the state and throughout the nation. Despite the overall drop, though, the Miami metro area still led the U.S. for most mortgage fraud risk. Some attribute South Florida’s drop in fraud risk to stricter regulation from lenders, who are using more tools to mitigate against fraud, such as reviewing appraisals more closely to assess home values and ensure the asking price is not inflated. More from the Miami Herald.

Manatee photo business celebrates 20 years

Johnson PhotoImaging — or JPI as its affectionately called by customers and employees — started just as a boom in digital photography and print forced many traditional darkroom-based photo businesses to close. After two decades of business, Johnson PhotoImaging is the last full-service camera store on the Gulf coast of Florida. More from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show celebrates 60th anniversary with Superyacht Village

South Florida is about to become Superyacht Capital of the World, at least during the week of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The 60th anniversary boat show running Oct. 30-Nov. 3 along Fort Lauderdale's waterfront will debut a new feature event production company Informa describes as the Superyacht Village. More from TCPalm.

Hotel boom means more rooms, more variety for tourists and business travelers in Palm Beach County

Looking for a quiet, luxury boutique hotel just two blocks from the ocean in Palm Beach? Or a new tourist hotel with a rooftop bar in downtown Delray Beach. Or just in town for a quick business visit near the airport? Business and leisure travelers who visit Palm Beach County have a growing number of choices in new hotels that are just coming online, and older ones that have undergone makeovers. More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Sales and Marketing Advice
My customer's customer

Sometimes selling and marketing can seem a little complicated. Particularly when selling directly to another business. No matter the size of the enterprise or type of industry, business-to-business sales can feel like a high-wire act, tip-toeing very gingerly and juggling three bowling pins at the same time. Read Ron Stein's full column here.

Three benefits developers should expect

Design-build is quickly gaining traction in the United States as the preferred project delivery method in construction. In fact, according to Fails Management Institute (FMI), it will represent nearly half of construction spending by 2021. There are many benefits to the design-build approach over traditional design-bid-build methods. [Sponsored report]

Port Tampa Bay will test new security scanners. No stopping to empty pockets.

 Cruise passengers traveling out of Port Tampa Bay next spring could play a role in the testing of a new weapons detection system designed to improve safety in public places. Liberty Defense Holdings created HEXWAVE, which uses low-power, radar imaging and artificial intelligence to detect and identify weapons. The company has been developing the technology since 2018 and is ready to test it in 11 locations nationwide, CEO Bill Riker said.

» More from the Tampa Bay Times.


Business Profile
Lantana Fitness

floridaBefore he bought a gym on Lantana Road in 2006, David Arm never paid much attention to the little town. “Up to that point, Lantana was just an exit on I-95,” Arm says. Now he’s one of the town’s biggest fans. In addition to owning Lantana Fitness, Arm is the longtime president of the Greater Lantana Chamber of Commerce.

» Read more from the Palm Beach Post.

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Golden Beach, ‘a town like no other,’ has a beach like no other, and outsiders are not welcome
Golden Beach, ‘a town like no other,’ has a beach like no other, and outsiders are not welcome

Beach access is restricted in Golden Beach. Residents want the beaches to stay private, while neighboring cities complain that Golden Beach has used the coronavirus to further limit beach access.

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