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| 3/29/2024

‘Gambler’s paradise’? March Madness fuels Florida sports betting craze

As March Madness reaches a peak, so too, it seems, will Florida’s fervor over online sports betting. The legalization of sports betting has taken an annual event already steeped in gambling even further. The Seminole Tribe’s sports betting app, the only legal app in Florida, is offering daily deals through a March Madness-centered marketing campaign coupled with relentless ads on social media. More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

David Siegel steps down as CEO of Westgate Resorts; longtime exec takes job

David Siegel, the colorful timeshare magnate and husband of the “Queen of Versailles,” has stepped down as CEO of Westgate Resorts, the timeshare company announced this week. Longtime executive Jim Gissy became the new CEO earlier this month, with Siegel remaining as executive chairman of the board and president. More from the Orlando Sentinel and the Orlando Business Journal.

Are Disney and DeSantis making up? Both look ready to work together

Gov. Ron DeSantis and Disney are moving into a new chapter of a dramatic political story that captured the nation’s attention, one that could see better relations between the two. Lawsuits have been settled, and now, both sides are striking a collaborative tone. A lot of money is at stake. Disney is planning to invest billions of dollars into its theme parks over the next decade. Florida stands to benefit with new jobs, more tourists and huge economic investments. More from the Orlando Sentinel.

Spring break tourists fill Space Coast, boost revenue for local hotels, restaurants, shops

You can tell it's spring break along the Space Coast by the heavy traffic along State Road A1A, the longer-than-normal waiting times for a table when going out to dinner, and the many out-of-state license plates in the parking lots at beach crossovers and the Brevard Zoo. And that means added business for Brevard County hotels, restaurants, shops and attractions. More from Florida Today.

Cyberattack on city of Pensacola was a ransomware attack, mayor confirms

Pensacola Mayor D.C. Reeves confirmed that the cyberattack that shut down city networks and phone systems is a “ransomware incident.” Reeves was unable to say more about the incident because it’s part of an ongoing investigation into who is behind it. The attack that happened nearly two weeks ago is like another ransomware cyberattack that hit Pensacola in 2019. Hackers infiltrated the city's computer networks, locked down the systems, stole city data, and demanded a ransom for its return. More from the Pensacola News Journal.

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You will soon be able to buy giant wine bottles in Florida

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill Thursday that will allow Floridians to buy giant wine bottles later this year. The governor signed House Bill 583, allowing businesses to sell wine bottles holding 4.5 liters, 6 liters, 9 liters, 12 liters, or 15 liters to Floridians.

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