May 26, 2023

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Bargain Florida land deals could be linked to imposters

Great deals for vacant Florida land owned by offshore investors have become a hot target for international conmen playing the real estate market to walk off with hundreds of thousands of dollars, leaving the buyer with no funds and no land. The scheme is built on county records that lists undeveloped land owned by international investors. More from Click Orlando.

AARP warns Florida seniors to beware of unregulated slot machines 

Florida seniors should be wary of gambling in unregulated and illegal casinos often known as “arcades,” “game rooms” or “internet cafes.” That’s according to AARP Florida, which partnered with the new Florida Gaming Control Commission on Monday to warn about these casinos’ dangers. As the Tampa Bay Times reported last week, the businesses have become common throughout Florida. More from the Tampa Bay Times and the Apopka Voice.

Lake County to get new UCF Business Incubator-Eustis in August

Lake County is getting a business incubator once again, thanks to collaborative efforts between the University of Central Florida, the city of Eustis, Lake County government and Eustis-based commercial real estate broker Mega Properties LLC. The new UCF Business Incubator-Eustis location will open in August,after the county lost its previous business incubator. The first Lake County incubator, which opened in Leesburg in 2008 and was managed by UCF from 2009-2012, was taken over by the county after that and ultimately shuttered. More from the Orlando Business Journal.

In Clearwater, engineers build cockpit for Artemis moon mission

At a manufacturing plant off of highway U.S. 19 and Ulmerton Road, Honeywell Aerospace engineers are working toward NASA’s mission to return humans to the moon. This Clearwater lab is tasked with building controls for the cockpit and navigation software on the Orion spacecraft, the capsule which will hold the Artemis program astronauts. More from the Tampa Bay Times.

Central Florida drag show restaurant files lawsuit against state, DeSantis

A popular Orlando restaurant that regularly features drag shows filed a federal lawsuit against the state of Florida and Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday, less than a week after he signed a bill that targets drag performances. The lawsuit filed in Orlando federal court by the owner of Hamburger Mary’s Orlando claims the state is depriving the business of its First Amendment rights to free expression. More from WESH and the Tampa Bay Times.

Out of the Box
New Styrofoam home construction in Central Florida can withstand Category 5 hurricanes

A new way to build safer and stronger homes is coming to Central Florida. The material is something you might not expect – Styrofoam. The Sytrofoam building process has actually been widely used in Europe for over 40 years. A new manufacturing facility in Kissimmee is promoting the construction as a way to build safer homes that can withstand Category 5 hurricanes.

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Peter Quinter

Peter Quinter doesn’t spend much time behind a desk. On any given day, the trade attorney might be at a port warehouse, aboard a freighter or inside a Boeing 747 helping clients deal with import or export hiccups and advocating to get their shipments back on track. “I like to be with the uniformed personnel, whether it’s the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or U.S. Customs and Border Protection or the Consumer Product Safety Commission,” Quinter says. “I’m with them, looking at cargo.”

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