December 2016 Contents

Inside Florida Trend's print and digital issue


Sea World

K-12 Education

Sea change

A new management team is trying to rebuild SeaWorld. Can the iconic attraction succeed without killer whale shows?


Up Front
Saying 'Goodbye, hello'

This month we say goodbye to one longtime employee and hello to our new associate publisher here at Florida Trend.

Florida Originals
Ghost story: Protecting the rare ghost orchid

A rare plant draws plenty of visitors to a state park in southwest Florida, including some who don't want to just look at it.

Susan Benton

"Growing up in Miami, I understand and appreciate the importance of diversity. Florida is an amazing place because of its diversity."

Golden Spoons — Florida’s Best Restaurants

Florida Trend’s annual Golden Spoon awards recognize the state’s best restaurants, including the 21 best newcomers on the culinary scene statewide.

Golden Spoon

Golden Spoon Awards

Golden Spoon Hall of Fame

Best New Restaurants

Stretching out - expanding culinary diversity

The trends that defined the state's restaurant industry this year included continuing challenges for well established white-tablecloth temples and big chains.

Of Counsel
Trash to treasure

Michael Goldstein touts 'high returns' in brownfield redevelopment near Palm Beach International Airport.

Tallahassee Trend
Untraceable campaign funds

It’s increasingly hard to tell who’s paying for the attack ads and mailers that appear during political races.

Editor's Page
Division of powers

North Carolina's HB2 battle potentially foreshadows future conflicts between the state and local communities in Florida.


Bob Dutkowsky

Company Profile
On the move: Innovations at a web-based logistics company

A Tampa man starts a web-based business that lets retailers and others take advantage of excess space on trucks to ship their products.

Promising startups

A look at some of Florida's most innovative new companies.

Economic Backbone

Medical Tourism
Global Med

Tourists have long flocked to Florida for recreation. More recently, medical facilities have become an attraction.

Corporate Travel

Special Advertising Section
A Guide to Meetings and Conferences

Now is the time to book your perfect meeting venue and take advantage of special rates and savings.

Around the State

Life after citrus

With citrus devastated by greening, some growers are letting their land sit idle. Others are trying new crops.

Broken bond

Ongoing securities violations makes Miami the only municipality the SEC has sued twice.

Building on tradition in St. Lucie County

Port St. Lucie is hoping a renovated stadium will be a hit with baseball fans.

Hive rustlers

A series of bee-hive thefts has stung Florida’s beekeepers.

Following the Business

The largest theme park association moves its headquarters to Orlando.

New lives: Rescuing women from the sex trade

A Jacksonville non-profit business attempts to rescue women from the sex trade.

Parting thoughts from UWF's Judith Bense

Judith Bense is retiring at the end of this month after more than eight years as president of the University of West Florida.

Access Earlier Issues

Florida Business News

Florida News Releases

Florida Trend Video Pick

FHSAA mulls allowing high-school athlete endorsement deals
FHSAA mulls allowing high-school athlete endorsement deals

State lawmakers receive AI guide report; Potential NIL expansion for high-schoolers; Record Memorial Day travel weekend forecast; 2024 hurricane season around the corner; Florida's "transatlantic ties" to the UK.


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