May 25, 2020

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Florida’s race to stop the spread of new coronavirus before it hits

Florida’s role in the race to prevent the new coronavirus from turning into an outbreak in the United States will be critical with the state’s vulnerable elderly population and the flood of international visitors. Florida’s health officials say there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state. But health care providers and government officials in Florida desperately want to get ahead of the new virus that originated in China and has spread to more than two dozen countries. More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Shore thing: St. Petersburg's profile as tech hub on the rise

The Greater St. Petersburg Area Economic Corp. wants to help position the Sunshine City as the nation’s next tech mecca. To get there, it recently unveiled a marketing campaign, Become St. Pete, aimed at luring New York- and New Jersey-based tech, data and financial services firms and workers to the area. More from the Business Observer.

State law, charter conflict stall residential developments in Orange County

As many as 20 proposed residential developments in Orange County are on hold because of crowded schools and a conflict between the county charter and a new state law. The impasse is not easily fixed as it could require either new state legislation, an Orange County charter change or a court fight — none of which could happen quickly. More from the Orlando Sentinel.

Seaports along Florida Gulf Coast enjoying significant diverse growth

With expanding containerized and breakbulk cargo service offerings and a wide range of activities extending beyond freight movement, ports along the Gulf Coast of Florida are collectively enjoying dynamic times. Ongoing infrastructure enhancements augur to bring even greater gains to the diverse Sunshine State ports along the Gulf of Mexico. More from the American Journal of Transportation.

International Food Truck Rally brings foods from all over the world to Gainesville

North Central Florida got a taste of foods from all around the world on Sunday. The International Food Truck Rally in Gainesville, hosted by First Magnitude Brewing Company and MA Entertainment, brought together fifteen local food trucks for all of the roughly five-thousand who attended. More from WCJB.

Florida Agriculture
Florida hits peak in strawberry production

 Florida strawberries are coming into the peak of the season and demand has been good for the fruit. Looking ahead, as Florida moves through peak and is even starting to come down a little bit, California will begin to pick up production.

» More from Fresh Plaza.

 

Sports Business
A decade after buying the Lightning, Jeff Vinik looks to expand

floridaAlmost 10 years to the week after he bought the Tampa Bay Lightning, Jeff Vinik is expanding his business that manages the team’s operations, events at Amalie Arena and more. The company that’s been known as Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment is changing its name to Vinik Sports Group. It’s also expanding its focus to provide event, facilities management, sales and fan experience services on a more regional basis.

» Read more from the Tampa Bay Times.

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Fort Lauderdale gyms reopened briefly before ordered to close
Fort Lauderdale gyms reopened briefly before ordered to close

Fort Lauderdale gyms The Fitness District and CrossFit Increase open following strict guidelines on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Mayor Dean Trantalis would order them to remain closed later that evening.

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