May 22, 2024

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Florida manufacturing is booming, rivals tourism

Manufacturing is booming in Florida and rivals tourism and agriculture in the contributions it makes to the Sunshine State’s economy. That is one of several major findings from the 2023 Florida Manufacturing report recently released by FloridaCommerce and FloridaMakes, a public-private advocacy program for the industry.  More from the Business Observer.

Dr. G. Devin Stephenson selected as next president of Florida Polytechnic University

The Florida Polytechnic University Board of Trustees announced the selection of Dr. G. Devin Stephenson as the next president of the University. The announcement followed a vote by the Board during a public meeting on Monday, April 15. Stephenson, who currently serves as president of Northwest Florida State College, will become Florida Poly’s second president, pending confirmation by the Board of Governors. More from Florida Trend.

JEA CEO Stowe officially steps down; former JEA staffer appointed as interim CEO

After rumblings of a change in JEA’s leadership, CEO Jay Stowe confirmed he is officially leaving after a board approved a notice to vacate his position during a special meeting Monday. Vickie Cavey, a board liaison and former JEA employee, was appointed as the interim CEO for JEA following the approval of Stowe’s departure in a 5-1 vote. More from the Jacksonville Business Journal.

Margaritaville still 'a go' despite uncertainty over rising costs, Melbourne mayor says

Margaritaville is still "a go" after months of stalled construction and uncertainty amid rising costs, Melbourne Mayor Paul Alfrey said Monday. Construction on the Compass Landing by Margaritaville resort has proceeded in fits and starts since it began in late 2022. Work began again in September but stalled again shortly after, leaving some residents wondering whether the project was still moving forward. More from Florida Today.

NASA confirms space junk that hit Florida home came from space station

An object that hit a Florida home in March was part of debris released from the International Space Station three years earlier, NASA has revealed. NASA said the hand-sized chunk of metal came from a pallet of nickel hydride batteries jettisoned from the ISS in March 2021 after new lithium-ion batteries arrived at the station. More from the AP and the Orlando Sentinel.

Business Profile
Miami twins focus on wellness with health supplement company

Identical twins Jessica and Melissa Medri launched FGBG, a health supplement company, in 2019 after spotting a hole in the market while they were students at Florida International University. The sisters, now 32, wanted to create products that they themselves would buy. The direct-to-consumer company they started after college, which now has over 46,000 Instagram followers, focuses heavily on aesthetics, with an emphasis on functional yet beautiful packaging.

» More from the Miami Herald.

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Mention ImageOur Goal is to Make Winter Haven the Coolest Small City in Florida

From "authenticity" and "really rare" and "amazing to watch," Downtown Winter Haven is being reimagined - thanks to growth, opportunity, and vision that is being maximized by uncommon collaboration and cohesion. In the nation's third fastest-growing city, and in the second fastest-growing MSA, the once sleepy historic area is sprouting new places to live, work, play and visit.


Legal Trends
Burger suing king

If you don’t know Delray Beach attorney Anthony Russo by name, you perhaps know his firm’s work. He sued Wendy’s, McDonald’s, Arby’s and Taco Bell for alleged consumer fraud for ads that portray products in quality and portions superior to what consumers actually get in stores. He sued Amazon for suspending rapid delivery in the early days of the pandemic, which he argued was a breach of contract with its Prime members. He sued candy maker Hershey over alleged fraud in its Reese’s packaging.

» Read more from Florida Trend.

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