December 2015 Contents
Inside Florida Trend's print and digital issue
Major construction projects in Florida
Bilions of dollars in major construction projects are under way, including office complexes, sports stadiums, airports, seaports, luxury condominiums and massive mixed-use developments. These articles recap projects in every region of Florida
Golden Spoons – Florida’s Best Restaurants
Florida Trend’s annual Golden Spoon awards recognize the state’s best restaurants, including the 20 best newcomers on the culinary scene statewide.
Culture Shock - Florida chefs meld unlikely combinations
Florida's newest generation of chefs is experimenting and cross-pollinating with more passion and wit than ever.
Guide to Meetings & Conferences
Now is the time to book your perfect meeting venue and take advantage of special rates and savings. [Special Advertising Section]
Up Front - Publisher's Column
"The Golden Spoon Awards recognize Florida’s top restaurants. And this year, editor Chris Sherman outdid himself yet again, writing about one of the latest trends — "fiery fusion cuisine."
Carlton Ward Jr.
"My mom always encouraged a sense of wonder in me about things, like picking up seashells and learning the difference between univalves and bivalves," says Florida environmental photographer Carlton Ward Jr.
A stain on Florida's history
A UF student sets his sights on righting a wrong that happened in Groveland 66 years ago.
The need for speed: Fast-tracking an interstate interchange
The rebuilt I-75 and University Parkway junction near the Sarasota-Manatee county line will be Florida’s first “diverging diamond interchange.”
Many foreign-born veterans mistakenly think military service confers citizenship. Attorney Elizabeth Ricci helps these vets get the proper papers.
More than water: Innovations found in Israel's water supply
"A new book, 'Let There Be Water' by American businessman and writer Seth Siegel, offers a detailed look at how a host of policies and initiatives have brought water self-sufficiency to Israel’s 8 million citizens..."
Modern Retirement in Florida
From a union-built enclave of retired letters carriers, to a haven for car buffs and RVers in Marion County, retirement communities are attracting residents who want to be with like-minded people.
Back to business: Volunteering in retirement
Retirees looking to get back to business are tapping many different avenues. Some join the Service Corps of Retired Executives or angel investor networks.
Political leanings among Florida’s retirees
As a whole, voters born during the Baby Boomer generation are generally more liberal than those born in the earlier “Silent Generation” but more conservative than younger “Generation X” and “Millennial” voters.
Health Care in Florida
Blurred lines: Health providers and insurers move into each other’s turf
In today’s health care landscape, the old “fee for service” model in which insurance companies pay providers for each individual procedure a consumer needs is giving way.
One response to growing health care costs and bureaucracy has been the emergence of “direct primary care” practices in which patients bypass insurance companies, paying a flat monthly fee to a group of providers for basic health care.
Around the State
Foot traffic: Rethinking South Beach's Lincoln Road
Lincoln Road was never designed to handle the 6 million people who visit it annually.
Family matters: The Corrigan family's 9,000-acre tract in Indian River County
Some 65 years ago, the Corrigan family of Midland, Texas acquired four large tracts of land in Florida and settled in as ranchers.
Port of call: Urban living in Tampa's Channel District
New mid- and high-rise residential buildings catering to empty-nesters and young, urban professionals have transformed the industrial area.
Port Canaveral needs a rail connection to grow its cargo business.
The teledoctor is in
Crowley Maritime has become the first northeast Florida company to make a telemedicine kiosk available to its employees.
$300 million of the BP oil spill money will go to diversify the economy in northwest Florida.
Carnival is hoping to capitalize on a trend of combining travel and volunteerism.
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