April 2016 Contents

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FEATURES

Wild Florida

Wild Florida

Cash menageries

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.

Where the bongos and bantengs roam

A media-shy billionaire, whose Florida ranch houses more than 1,000 animals, works with conservationists to study and preserve endangered species.

Monkey business

Among the primates living in one rual Florida county, about 11% aren't human.

Trendlines

Up Front
Downtowns rising

Downtowns are booming all across Florida — from Miami's development craze to surging Atlantic and Gulf coast metro areas.

Florida Originals
Thinking small

Zweifel's miniature White House finds a home in Clermont. It has been on display in every state and in every presidential museum.

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George Billiris

"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."

Dining
Reel Florida

For diners, good fishing luck is finding a real fishing village. They are rare, but they do exist.

Tallahassee Trend
Taxing corporations

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.

Editor's Page
Putnam County's coal plant is in the crosshairs

New EPA rules hit Florida's rural population hard.

2016 Economic Yearbook

Florida's Changing Downtowns

Changing downtowns

City centers across Florida are seeing renewed interest from companies, retailers and residents wanting a walkable live/work/play environment.

MiamI-DADE
A surge of residents and businesses

Office space is at a premium in downtown Miami.

Southeast
A surge of hotels and apartments

Residential development projects are spilling out from Fort Lauderdale's urban core.

Southwest
Residential boom

"St. Pete has become a lifestyle destination," says retail broker Kevin Yeager.

Central
$2 billion in projects

Work on I-4 — including through downtown Orlando — will continue for at least the next decade.

Northeast
Momentum amid uncertainty

"The private sector and the community believe in downtown," says commercial real estate broker Carrie Smith.

Northwest
A home run

Quint Studer's Blue Wahoos baseball facility kicked off a wave of development in downtown Pensacola.

Economic Backbone

Wealth Management
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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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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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?

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  • None - keep the mockingbird
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