January 2014 Contents

Inside Florida Trend's print and digital issue


Cover Story: Floridian of the Year

Pat Geraghty: Florida Blue CEO

Florida Blue CEO Pat Geraghty has staked out a leadership position that is putting his company — and Florida — at the forefront of health care trends.

War dead
Florida’s fallen soldiers

8 soldiers killed in Afghanistan in 2013 were Floridians

Blockbuster Law Cases

Some of 2013's biggest cases and their significance

Coming to a Head

As craft breweries have gained a foothold in Florida, they're pushing for legal changes that irk big, established beer distributors.

Tall Order: Miami Subs and Pitbull team up to revive the restaurant chain

Miami Subs had nearly 200 stores before things blew up. It now has 40 and a high-profile investigator as it tries to make a comeback.


Up Front
The Crystal Ball

Florida Trend turns to executives, in various economic sectors, to predict the events and trends of 2014.

Private jet services cater to executives

Two private jet services — Aura Jets and Flexjet — offer flexible flying with plenty of perks.

New global restaurant brands make their way into Florida

A new class of global culinary labels — “chains” may be too crass a label — is moving into Florida...

Florida Icon
An interview with Hooters’ CEO Ed Droste

The co-founder of the Clearwater Beach-based “brestaurant” chain shares lessons he’s picked up through life.

CEO Sounding Board
What's the outlook in Florida for your business in 2014?

Executive Health: Decade by Decade

A Decade by Decade guide

Health concerns change as patients get older. Docters at executive health programs in Florida recommend taking specific actions during your 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s.

Diet and exercise recommendations

Nutritional considerations and exercise play a bigger role as you age.

Cosmetic treatment for executives

New procedures allow for quicker recovery times from cosmetic procedures.


Finding Opportunities

The Flordia Chamber Foundation examines opportunities for trade presented by the expansion of the Panama Canal.

More small towns outsource city services

Calvin, Giordano & Associates is among service providers that have emerged to capitalize on the trend.

Ospreys relocated

Gulf Power is relocating more than 20 osprey nests

Northeast counties internet service coalition frays

14 rural north Florida counties banded together to try to bring faster, more reliable broadband service to the region.

Orlando airport prepares for rail connection

Orlando International Airport is undergoing a $1.1-billion expansion.

Job gains in Tampa Bay

Hillsborough County gained more than 24,000 job....

Scripps Florida faces another environmental challenge

A new set of environmental groups has filed a legal challenge to stop Scripps from building at its Briger tract site.

Miami Beach convention center troubles

A simple majority yes or no vote for expanding the Miami Beach Convention Center has turned into a headache...

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Florida State Fair kicks off festivities Thursday

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