April 2016 Contents
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Some exotic animals in Florida live in accredited zoos and respected research facilities. Most are either bred for research or serve as entertainment — housed in roadside attractions or rented as backdrops for corporate events or birthday parties.
A media-shy billionaire, whose Florida ranch houses more than 1,000 animals, works with conservationists to study and preserve endangered species.
Among the primates living in one rual Florida county, about 11% aren't human.
Downtowns are booming all across Florida — from Miami's development craze to surging Atlantic and Gulf coast metro areas.
Zweifel's miniature White House finds a home in Clermont. It has been on display in every state and in every presidential museum.
"In today 's world, you have about 1,400 commercial uses for natural sponge. Anything that has to do with the cleansing or the smoothing of an object in the commercial world, they use a natural sponge."
For diners, good fishing luck is finding a real fishing village. They are rare, but they do exist.
Is a 2011 tax incentive having its intended effect?
Of Counsel - Florida Law
Avoiding a fracas
Collaborative divorce is catching on as a less expensive option.
Putnam County's coal plant is in the crosshairs
New EPA rules hit Florida's rural population hard.
2016 Economic Yearbook
City centers across Florida are seeing renewed interest from companies, retailers and residents wanting a walkable live/work/play environment.
A surge of residents and businesses
Office space is at a premium in downtown Miami.
A surge of hotels and apartments
Residential development projects are spilling out from Fort Lauderdale's urban core.
"St. Pete has become a lifestyle destination," says retail broker Kevin Yeager.
$2 billion in projects
Work on I-4 — including through downtown Orlando — will continue for at least the next decade.
Momentum amid uncertainty
"The private sector and the community believe in downtown," says commercial real estate broker Carrie Smith.
A home run
Quint Studer's Blue Wahoos baseball facility kicked off a wave of development in downtown Pensacola.
Investing outlook in 2016
Florida Trend asked four experts in money management about their views on the economy and investing for the year ahead.
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