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‘No is never no’: Drilling foes say Florida still in play

Supporters and opponents of oil drilling closer to Florida's shoreline refused Thursday to accept U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's declaration that the state wouldn't be part of a White House plan to expand exploration. More from the Tampa Bay Times, WFSU, and the Tallahassee Democrat.

FPL, NextEra sue nuclear industry group, allege extortion, retaliation

Florida Power & Light Co. and NextEra Energy have pulled their $3 million annual membership from the nation’s premier nuclear industry trade group, saying being a member was harmful to their interests. More from the Palm Beach Post.

South Florida faces long odds for Amazon’s HQ2, FIU researchers say

Researchers at Florida International University crunched the numbers on South Florida’s bid for Amazon’s second headquarters. The conclusion: South Florida compares unfavorably to the other 19 finalists. More from the Palm Beach Post.

Minor lawsuits putting big strain on Central Florida businesses

Some Sanford business owners are awaiting a federal ruling that would determine whether they’ll have to pay settlements in the form of attorney fees after being sued for potential violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. More from WFTV.

Miami-Dade just released a bunch of mosquitoes. And that’s a good thing

South Miami, now recognized as one of the region’s greenest for its mayor’s effort to ban pesticides and push solar energy, is hosting a field trial for lab-bred male mosquitoes that help control disease-spreading wild populations. More from the Miami Herald.

Work/Life Trends
Digital Nomads

 Roam, since its founding in 2015, has constructed an international housing network for so-called digital nomads, a growing demographic of people who travel the world while working remotely over the internet.

» More from the New York Times.


Business Profile
Florida Cracker Kitchen

florida originalsFlorida Cracker Kitchen has become a Brooksville staple since opening on Jefferson Street nearly five years ago. And now that a second location has opened in Jacksonville Beach, the restaurant’s owners hope to see their southern hospitality charm locals there, too.

» Read more from the Tampa Bay Times.