June 2021 Contents

Inside Florida Trend's print and digital issue


Higher Education

The Final Fun-Tier

China Syndrome

The Chinese government calls it 'talent recruitment' — paying U.S. researchers to hand over work funded by American taxpayers.

Case Files

A look at NOAA scientist Chunzai Wang and other researchers arrested over their ties to China.

Playing Peekaboo?

A bill to allow more secrecy in the search for higher education leaders failed, but the battle over the process will likely continue.

Comings and Goings

Major personnel changes at Florida's colleges and universities.

Hurricanes, Homes & Insurance

Hardening by Degrees

The good news: More than a quarter of Florida's homes have been built or remodeled according to tougher building codes. The bad news: Window water damage is a big problem.

Status Report
Insurance — A Sea of Red Ink

For three years running, Florida-based property insurers have lost money on underwriting.

A Bootstrap Approach

Czech immigrant Jan Bednar has built a warehouse and order fulfillment business that employs 1,000. He's 29.


Up Front
The Right Direction

I thought it appropriate to share my recent experience with one of Florida's universities.

Karen Bell

"What we do is so important. We feed people. It makes me proud just to be a part of it."

Editor's Page
Labor Pains

U.S. birth rates are below the rate which can replace those who age out of the workforce.

Economic Backbone - Energy/Climate

Economic Backbone - Energy/Climate

Catching Some Rays

FP&L is expanding its solar footprint in NW Florida.

No Rush to Judgment

A U.N. panel casts doubt on dire storm warnings.


What happened in Texas raises questions about Florida's power system, but there are differences.

Putting the Green in Greenbacks

With Climage First Bank, Ken LaRoe plans to supercharge eco-friendly lending.

Looking to the Land

A longtime rancher touts climate benefits of undeveloped land.

Around the State

Help for Hot Flashes

Thermaband Zone automatically senses in the wearer's body temperature and responds with cooling or heating sensation.

A Dining Destination

Craig Menin developed and owns the 150K sq. ft. $60-million Delray Beach Market.

Keeping their Hands Clean

The O'Malleys set up a hydroponic lettuce farm in 17 shipping containers near downtown St. Petersburg.

A Healthy Alliance

Orlando Health and Full Sail will collaborate on research projects focused on care of e-sports athletes.

Teaming up for the Arts

The fact that there are no measurements for the arts in schools sends a bad message.


EMILY can skim across water to reach swimmers who climb abord the remotely operated vehicle.

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Florida Trend Video Pick

Mobile food truck provides fresh, free fruits and vegetables in Progress Village
Mobile food truck provides fresh, free fruits and vegetables in Progress Village

Hillsborough County and Feeding Tampa Bay are partnering with a local organization to provide healthy and fresh food in Progress Village. The Grow My Giving Mobile Fresh Market truck will provide free fruits and vegetables twice a month through at least September.

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