April 7, 2020

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Deadline near to vote in Florida's March Presidential Primary

It will soon be time to vote in Florida’s Primary Election, but only if voters are registered to do so. The deadline is Tuesday, February 18 at 5:00pm. The Presidential Primary is on March 17, and it’s important to remember that Florida is a closed primary, meaning voters not only have to be registered to vote, but you must also be registered with your party affiliation in order to vote your presidential preference. More from Bay News 9., the Orlando Sentinel, and the AP.

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How to introduce more fun into your company

What comes to mind when you think of tax season? Chances are it’s not hopscotch. But hopscotch is an essential part of the culture at Sarasota-based accounting firm Kerkering Barberio, where the firm turns up the fun quotient during a time of year best known for being busy and deadline-filled. More from the Business Observer.

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West Palm Beach-based Grain & Barrel Spirits posted $4 million in sales last year

Matti Christian Anttila, 40, founded West Palm Beach-based Grain & Barrel Spirits in 2012. In 2018, it reached $3 million in revenue and hit $4 million in 2019. Its brands include Dixie Southern Vodka, distilled in South Carolina, Barbados-distilled Endless Summer Rum and Kentucky distilled Chicken Cock Whiskey, a resurrected brand that dates to before Prohibition. More from Florida Trend.

SeaWorld concerts, once a disaster, now help the company’s comeback

Seven years after “Blackfish," the documentary that detailed the condition of orcas in captivity at SeaWorld, the company announced that it would pay $65 million to settle a federal class-action lawsuit. But, in a sign that SeaWorld is also moving past the film’s fallout, its spring concert lineup has expanded during the last two years, the company has a new CEO and the stock price reached $36 per share this week, it’s highest point since before “Blackfish.” More from the Orlando Sentinel.

Why ships with fresh fruit skip Miami’s port, and the $57 million plan to change that

PortMiami plans to spend a grant from the Trump administration to create a $57 million fumigation facility designed to end a detour that tons of produce currently take on their way from Latin America to Miami grocery stores. Spraying vegetables and fruit for pests costs more at PortMiami, which operates outdated fumigation equipment that requires treatment of one cargo container at a time. More from the Miami Herald.

Florida History
Faced with segregation, black artists sold their work from their cars. They became known as the 'Highwaymen'

 Painter Harold Newton couldnt sell his paintings in galleries during segregation. Newton's solution: sell his paintings out of his car along U.S. 1. That method spread and was adopted by more than two dozen artists in the area, leading to more than 200,000 paintings and a vibrant African American art scene up and down the Treasure Coast.

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Mars 2020 rover arrives in Florida for final preps before summer launch

floridaIt doesn't yet have a name, but the Mars 2020 rover is one giant leap closer to launching to the Red Planet. The newest rover landed last week in Cape Canaveral, Florida, aboard a U.S. Air Force cargo plane. Assembly and tests of the rover began in 2018 at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California.

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