April 2016 Contents

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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.


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.

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."

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.

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.

Residential boom

"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.

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

Man in Florida paid off the lunch debt for more than 400 students. He hopes others follow suit
Man in Florida paid off the lunch debt for more than 400 students. He hopes others follow suit

Hundreds of Florida students in need were able to have their lunch debt paid off this week through a community group that banded together to set an example. “It has a lot of impacts if a child is happy and well-fed,” said Angie Vyas-Knight, who helps manage the Jupiter Mamas Facebook group.

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