May 25, 2020

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Gas prices fall in Florida in midst of coronavirus fears, setting a new 2020 low

While coronavirus fears continue to disrupt the market, the price of gasoline hit and average of $2.17 in Florida, however some drivers are finding prices below $2 around the state About 11 percent of Florida gasoline stations have sub-$2 prices, according to AAA, which expects that percentage to increase in the coming days. More from the Orlando Sentinel. and WOKV.

Sales & Marketing Advice
The joy and rewards of selling remotely

You know the old adage, to be successful in sales, you must get out of the office and press the flesh – not something we can always do because of resource or time limitations. Or maybe it’s not something we want to do when flu season (or a global pandemic!) is in full swing. Let’s face it, we’re human and some tasks are best when performed in person, face-to-face. Yet, it doesn’t have to be that way. Read Ron Stein's full column here.

Jacksonville City Council will not vote Monday to confirm new JEA board members

The Jacksonville City Council will not vote during a special meeting on Monday on the appointment of a new seven-member JEA board. The special meeting of City Council will be done by telephone and since council members will not be meeting in person, they will not take any action items. More from the Florida Times-Union.

Opinion: On Sunshine Week, let's celebrate transparency in government

Some individuals might not be fully aware of the rights we, as Florida residents, have to public information. In recognition of Sunshine Week (March 15-21, 2020), Clerks throughout the state are celebrating transparency in government—and our role in providing our citizens access to important public, court and historic records. More from the Fort Myers News-Press.

Stonehill selected as the 2019 United States Chamber of Commerce Emerging Business of the Year

Stonehill was founded by well-known entrepreneur, Doug Pace, who had previously been a partner in one of the most recognized digital agencies in the United States. Mr. Pace was recently recognized by the American Business Awards as Entrepreneur of the Year. More from the Florida Trend

Giunta Family Homestead

 Developers see dollar signs in the Giunta property, nearly a full city block in the highly sought-after urban neighborhood of East Ybor City. One real estate agent estimates that more than $3 million in new homes would fit on the 1¼-acre parcel at 2401 E. 11th Ave. But the Giunta sisters plan to leave things just as they are. Their family has been farming the land for years.

» More from the Tampa Bay Times.


Industry Trends
Rehabilitation programs at Florida's private prisons

floridaFlorida’s history with private prison companies dates to 1993, when then- Gov. Lawton Chiles, a Democrat, signed the Correctional Privatization Act over the objections of the state’s top prison officials, saying “a little competition from the private sector should make the (corrections) department better at its core mission.” Two years later, the first three private prisons in Florida opened in Moore Haven, Panama City and Quincy.

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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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