January 2015 Contents
Inside Florida Trend's print and digital issue
Floridian of the Year
Our Floridian of the Year, the city of Miami, captured the trends — and then some — that drove Florida in 2014.
Newsmakers of the Year:
Scott became just the second two-term GOP governor in Florida history.
The attorney left his stamp on Florida in 2014 by supporting Charlie Crist and marijuana.
C1 Bank’s CEO set the tone on a living wage policy.
The Mormon Church became Florida’s largest private landowner in 2014, now owning more than 670,000 acres.
Three U.S. soldiers from Florida and a journalist.
Miami — and Florida — Rising
If you want to understand Florida, you have to visit Miami. The city — which our editors named Floridian of the Year — is bursting at the seams...
“I could take the University of Miami from obscurity and degradation and broke and make them a national championship team in five years...”
The ‘Spite Wall’ between the Fontainbleau and the Eden Roc
Fontainebleau developer Ben Novack took his dissatisfaction with former business partner and developer of the Eden Roc hotel to extremes...
Halfway between Orlando and Tampa, Lakeland now seems somewhere between Portland and Brooklyn, proof that the appetite for fresh and authentic is found throughout Florida.
Florida’s Supreme Court in transition
Gov. Rick Scott could appoint four new justices to the Florida Supreme Court during his second term...
Fruitless: Chasing the yellow dragon
Today, more than half of the 80 million citrus trees in Florida are infected with disease. Most media accounts of the greening story take a “is-it-the-end-of-oranges-in-Florida?” approach, but the story is more complex, with lots of subplots.
Special Report: Jobs
Florida’s not back yet. The state lost about 10% of all its jobs during the recession, among the worst declines nationwide, and is still one of 21 states that haven’t gained back all of the jobs they had before the recession.
We review Florida’s 10 biggest law cases, from medical malpractice insurance caps to same sex marriage, judicial campaign rules and stand your ground rulings.
The Orlando institute has built on expertise training top athletes to become a leading health and wellness provider to executives at Fortune 500 companies..
Around the State
Redevelopment is spreading to Miami’s Overtown neighborhood. While town officials welcome the changes, they also want to make sure that residents don’t get priced out in the process.
In the search for a way to clean up the Indian River Lagoon, researchers have found an unlikely ally: The leading company in the industry whose products are often blamed for contributing to the nutrient overload
A Tampa Bay iniative models a new apprenticeship program after one in Germany.
The business community and county commission take pains to discourage iniatives like a recent sick-leave proposal.
Two projects on opposite sides of the St. Johns River could change the face of downtown Jacksonville.
The Virginia-based financial institution recently signed off on a $350-million second phase of its expansion and the creation of 5,000 more jobs.
Tale of two Latin Americas
Trade between Florida and Latin America Florida has seen its trade growth slow considerably amid weakness in several of the region’s largest markets.
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