February 2014 Contents

Inside Florida Trend's print and digital issue


Cover Story: Small Business in Florida

Growth, at Last

The State of Small Business:
Growth, at Last

With the economy rebounding, small businesses that ramped up in advance are well-positioned to take advantage of the surge.

Florida's Boating Business

Yacht Keeper

Fort Lauderdale’s Bob Roscioli has become a legendary figure in the megabucks world of big yachts.

Chris-Craft finds its footing after two bankruptcy filings

With new owners, the company has more than 200 employees, produces about 450 boats a year and is profitable...

MarineMax’s Comeback

The Clearwater company gained share during the downturn, but the market remains unsteady.

Hunter Marine

Hunter Marine is trying to rebound with a new owner and new sailboat models.

Boating’s impact in Florida

The marine industry in Florida by the numbers.


Up Front
Luring business to Florida

Some of Governor Rick Scott's critics do not understand that business is competition...

Florida Icon
An interview with Donald Goodman

The founder of Kanapaha Botanical Gardens in Gainesville shares life’s lessons.

Of Counsel
Contempt of court: Florida's unruly lawyers

The state’s judiciary system steps up its efforts to discourage unprofessional behavior.

Tallahassee Trend
Political Guru

For many candidates, Marian Johnson's office at the Florida Chamber is the first stop on the campaign trail

Editor's Page
How many doctors in Florida?

Is there about to be a physician shortage in Florida? That depends on which subset of physicians you count.

CEO Sounding Board
How did you get the idea to start your company?

Focus: Women Entrepreneurs

Focus: Women Entrepreneurs

It's a growth environment for women entrepreneurs in Florida

Women are starting small businesses in Florida at a rate faster than the national average. Florida ranks as the 6th-fastest-growing state for women entrepreneurs.

A portrait of Gainesville

For decades, civic leaders have worked to forge a new identity for the Gainesville area …


Ripples from Venezuela

A currency crackdown, surging inflation and government interference in pricing in Venezuela are likely to spill over into Florida’s economy.

Rebuilding an amusement park

Teddy and Jenny Meeks give new life to warehoused rides from the original Miracle Strip in Panama City Beach.

Real estate reversal

JWB Real Estate Capital has decided to shift gears and build houses to rent rather than sell.

Business incubator effect

The UCF Business Incubation Program has generated a return of $6.16 for every $1 of public investment ...

Bradenton’s planetarium becomes a star attraction

Bishop Planetarium’s new $500,000 projection system projects 3-D images across the planetarium’s 50-foot dome.

Partnering to build a road

The four-year expansion of I-595 creates three tolled, reversible express lanes that will separate long-distance commuters from more local traffic for the length of the ride.

Pérez Art Museum Miami proves to be a work of art

The 200,000-sq.-ft., $131-million building is a stunning structure of clear glass and thick cement that rises over Biscayne Bay’s blue waters.


Valentine’s adventures

Where adventurous couples looking to spice up their Valentine’s turn to get their fill.

Sarasota chef Paul Mattison keeps rescue teams well-fed

Feeding and sheltering the army of utility workers who assemble when disaster strikes is a crucial part of the response to massive outages.

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Florida State Fair kicks off festivities Thursday
Florida State Fair kicks off festivities Thursday

The event may look a little different due to COVID-19, but the food and fun is still there.

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