February 2015 Contents

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Universal Studios Florida

Transformers - Universal Studios Florida

Theme park wizards

Long overshadowed by Mickey Mouse, Universal Studios Florida is growing explosively, powered by the magic of a popular boy wizard and the money of an initially skeptical new owner.

Florida tourism: Briefs & stats

Briefs include: Cruises to Cuba, an update on BP oil spill settlements, and shakeups at SeaWorld Entertainment.

Fertile ground: The export market is hot for eco-friendly fertilizer

Entrepreneur Amir Varshovi has built a company that manufactures eco-friendly fertilizer. He’s expanding — and looking to the export market.

Small business exporting: Beyond hit or miss

Entrepreneur John Daly turned to exporting to help his company better ride out ups and downs in the domestic economy.

Telecomunications: High fiber diet

AT&T is moving West Delray residents off old phone technology of copper wires and networks of switches, which dates back to Alexander Graham Bell, and onto a modern, internet-based fiber network.


Up Front
Universal fun in Florida

Florida Trend’s feature on Universal Studios highlights the importance of tourism in Florida.

‘Alligator’ Ron Bergeron

“Yes, I wrassle alligators. It’s a Florida cultural thing, sort of like running with the bulls in Spain or fighting bulls in Mexico...”

Florida Originals
The town that killed an outlaw

Take a trip into the past and learn how a notorious killer died at the Smallwood Store in Collier County.

All-day dining at restaurants across Florida

There's a growing list of restaurants staying open at the traditional closing hours of 2 to 5 p.m.

Giant slayer: Florida attorney takes on Goliaths

Attorney Andrew C. Hall has gained a reputation for taking on complex commercial cases against, at times, whole countries.

Tallahassee Trend
Loophole: Holding companies use law to avoid paying taxes

Gov. Reubin Askew, who had led a campaign calling for a corporate-income tax, offered a warning: Don’t create loopholes. Guess what happened.

Editor's Page
Playing catch-up

Children who don’t learn early and well hit school age playing catch-up, and the effects tend to cascade through their lives as they age.

Entrepreneur U

A surge in entrepreneurial thinking

A surge in entrepreneurial thinking

All manner of college disciplines — from engineering to the arts — have incorporated entrepreneurship into their teaching.

Florida Atlantic University
A spot at the incubator

University of Central Florida
LaunchPad for student ventures

Florida State University
A noteworthy endeavor

University of Florida
Dorm for budding entrepreneurs

University of Tampa
Focusing on health care and tech

Florida International University
Building partnerships

Around the State

Of tourists and toll roads

Many tourists are surprised to find fees on their bills to account for their use of automated toll roads in Florida.

Dollar signs: Small business are feeling upbeat

Across the board, local economic indicators are strong.

Battle brews over half-gallon ‘growlers’

The Crafted Keg is suing the state, saying its ban on one specific size of growler has no “rational basis.”

Growing Presence: A women-friendly market

The number of women-owned businesses increased 50% between 2002 and 2014.

Orlando aviation company is flying into the sunset

Fixed-base operator Showalter Flying Service can’t keep up with the big boys.

Fired up

Datil Dew Pepper Products sells liquid fire.

Eyeing a fix to prevent blindness

A Pensacola company targets the leading cause of preventable blindness.

Keiser University is going global

Keiser University extends its reach to China, Nicaragua and beyond.

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Florida Trend Video Pick

Florida panthers, skunks and primates among 1st to get vaccinated against COVID at ZooTampa
Florida panthers, skunks and primates among 1st to get vaccinated against COVID at ZooTampa

The push for protection against COVID-19 is moving past humans and into the animal world. From lions and tigers in Washington, D.C., to gorillas in Atlanta and a ferret in South Florida, several animals across the country have tested positive for the virus. ZooTampa at Lowry Park says it hasn't had any animals test positive but is getting ahead of the game by beginning to vaccinate animals that have been identified as most susceptible to COVID.


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Ballot Box

Florida Senator Jeff Brandes is proposing a bill for a new bird to replace the current state bird - the mockingbird. What type of bird do you think would be a better replacement?

  • Osprey
  • None - keep the mockingbird
  • Red-shouldered hawk
  • Flamingo
  • Brown pelican
  • Ibis
  • Great blue heron
  • Scrub-jay
  • Roseate spoonbill
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