April 2014 Contents

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Florida's Film &Entertainment Industry

Florida's Film & Entertainment Industry

Florida’s film industry

Florida has made a concerted effort to attract film producers over the years. The effort has resulted in many projects shot throughout the state

Fish Tanks
A new reality?

Fort Lauderdale-based Living Color Aquariums tries to parlay global exposure on reality TV into new business and new markets.

Reel Profits
Taking a reel risk

Eight years after starting his Miami-based film studio, James McNamara feels he’s proved there is an audience for Spanish-language films in the U.S.

Wealth Management

Stetson University’s student investors

While their parents may not trust them to invest the family’s money, students in Stetson University’s George Investments Institute are responsible for the program’s $3.2-million endowment.

What’s ahead for the stock market in 2014?

8 Florida money managers offer their insights for investing in the year ahead.


Up Front
Learning from a Land Remembered

Last year, a friend at Mosaic Co. gave me the book “A Land Remembered.” I quickly saw why it is a best-seller and required in many schools.

Florida fitness fanatics

Food Markets off the Beaten Path

These four Florida executives take their exercising seriously, from Ironman competitions to marathons.

Combining shopping and eating

Some of Florida’s most intriguing successes now put dining rooms and sales floors together, smartly coordinated by a distinct personal style that makes upscale diner-shoppers swoon

Of CounseL - Florida Law
Stepping down at Ave Maria’s School
of Law

As dean, Eugene R. Milhizer oversaw a slew of initiatives at the Florida law school.

Tallahassee Trend
Nurse practitioners caught between
a doc and a hard place

A doctor in the Florida Legislature hopes to relax Florida’s strict limits on what nurse practitioners can and can’t do.

Editor's Page
A tale of 2 Florida baseball cities

Tampa Bay Rays owner Stuart Sternberg and his management group continue, more or less, to do everything right. In Miami, well, just turn everything that’s true about the Rays inside out and that’s the Marlins.

2014 Economic Yearbook: We're Back!

A New Boom?

Florida is back!

Florida's economy is back. Real estate is surging, unemployment is down and tourism is rising. Some counties are hard at work diversifying their economies, while others are beginning to capitalize on major infrastructure projects.

Pensacola moves beyond the military

While a military base and tourism anchor the Pensacola economy, nearly 300 IT companies employ about 3,200 people.

Jacksonville is ‘hitting on all cylinders’

The recession is fast becoming a memory for most Jacksonville residents. Employers are hiring, home values are up and tourism is on the rise.

Big Bend
Tallahassee projects creating long-term impacts

2013 was “historic” for Tallahassee and Leon County, highlighted by economic development successes that will make an impact on the region for years.

Central Florida gets a boost from SunRail

The arrival of SunRail train service is the story of the year for Orlando and Orange County, with its impact felt throughout central Florida.

A need for skilled workers

While southwest Florida’s economy is back on steady footing, the region is grappling with shortages of skilled labor.

Fort Lauderdale is in expansion mode

The county’s construction and real estate industries have recovered and again are an important growth driver.

Creating a tech hub in Miami

Much energy has been focused on creating a technology hub in the county, and the number of tech startups and second-stage companies has grown dramatically.

Treasure Coast
Port St. Lucie builds moves beyond biotech

On the heels of a year marked by the bankruptcies of companies once considered key economic players Port St. Lucie is again attracting development interest and activity.

North Central
Gainesville gets innovation-centric

In 2013, the Gainesville Chamber announced economic development projects with $140 million in new capital investment.

Space Coast
Space Coast growth beats state average

From Titusville to Palm Bay, Brevard County’s economy is surfing a wave of a recovery that outpaces much of the state.

Tampa Bay
Tampa area cheers a plethora of new jobs

The list of companies announcing expansions or relocations in 2013 and the jobs they represent are impressive.

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Domino Park, symbol of Little Havana, reopens after COVID closure
Domino Park, symbol of Little Havana, reopens after COVID closure

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