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Florida scientists find potential cure for citrus greening disease
Scientists in Florida have confirmed what some citrus growers suspected for years -- that oak trees could inhibit citrus greening disease, which has brought the once thriving Florida industry to the brink of collapse. Research over the past year at a University of Florida greenhouse in Fort Pierce showed that citrus trees recovered from citrus greening when sprayed and drenched with treated water twice a week for two months. Read more from UPI and UF|IFAS.
Report: Florida ranks among best states for female entrepreneurs, moves up 11 spots
Florida is among the 10 best states for female entrepreneurs, after rising 11 spots on FitSmallBusiness.com’s annual ranking. With its 11-spot rise, among the five highest jumps on this year’s list, Florida lands as the sixth best state for female entrepreneurs. Colorado, California, Washington, New York and Texas ranked higher. More from the Tampa Bay Business Journal.
Southwest Florida bank, in $6 billion merger, to create Southeast financial giant
CenterState Bank and South State Bank, headquartered in Columbia, S.C., have agreed to an all-stock merger that, if approved by regulators and shareholders, will create the eighth-largest bank headquartered in the Southeast. The deal is valued at $6 billion and expected to close in the third quarter of 2020, according to a press release. More from the Business Observer.
Miami International Boat Show, Marine Stadium on collision course?
There remain serious concerns among those supporting restoration of Miami Marine Stadium that the millions of dollars going into rebuilding it may be wasted if the Miami International Boat Show continues to control the city-owned property in the peak tourist season. The boat show is held in mid-February on Virginia Key, under a license agreement between the City of Miami and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). More from Miami Today.
Space Florida wants to ‘streamline’ bond process by removing rule requiring governor’s approval
Space Florida is asking state lawmakers to let it strike quicker deals with private space companies. As a public-private state agency and a special district, Space Florida has the power to help private companies by borrowing money on their behalf or building facilities for them to use. But questions under current state law about how exactly Space Florida can borrow money — and who is ultimately on the hook if a deal goes bad — have created challenges for the agency as it seeks to enter into more bond deals. More from the Orlando Sentinel.
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Orlando International Airport named ‘best’ in the U.S.
Orlando International Airport isn’t just one of the most populated airports in the country, it’s also apparently the most popular. OIA secured its spot as the No. 1 airport in the country, according to a popular vote hosted by USA Today in its 10 Best Readers’ Choice travel awards.
» More from the Orlando Sentinel.
Out of the Box
Florida could make rescue animals the official state pet
Animals in rescue shelters and those adopted from them could become Florida’s official state pet under a bill unanimously approved by a Senate committee on Monday. Democratic Sen. Kevin Rader said he filed the legislation after reading rescue animals have become the official state pet or animal of elsewhere, including California, Colorado, Tennessee, Georgia, Illinois and Ohio.
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