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Disaffected Florida voters want to "vote them out." But it rarely happens.

November is coming. But voting anybody out of the Florida Legislature is easier said than done. It seldom happens. When it does, it’s more likely to be a product of a temporary turnout wave than a long-term political movement. The question is whether 2018 will be different in Florida. More from the Times/Herald.

See also:
» In rally by NRA members outside Florida Capitol, gun owners remind lawmakers they, too, can “vote them out”

Threat of shootings turns school security into a growth industry

The best way to shield a school from a gunman is to have a metal detector. Or doors that can be remotely locked. Or Twitter-trawling bots looking for threats. Or bulletproof clipboards, whiteboards and backpacks. So says the fast-growing group of companies that sell school safety equipment. More from the New York Times.

'Emerging Leaders' classes begin mid-April in Tampa and Miami

The SBA's Emerging Leaders Initiative provides free entrepreneurship education and training for executives of small, poised-for-growth companies that are potential job creators. This intensive executive entrepreneurship series includes nearly 100 hours of classroom time. Find out how to participate here.

National tile company targets Florida

Emser Tile, a Los Angeles-based designer, marketer and producer of high-end tile and natural stone, has opened its first Southwest Florida location with a showroom and store in Fort Myers. More from the Business Observer.

Employees petition Publix to free the beard

For years, clean-shaven male employees have been asking Publix Super Markets to free the beard. More than 17,800 people have signed a petition on Coworker.org, asking the grocer to “Let us have beards!” and are pressing their cause under the hashtag #FreetheBeard on Twitter. More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Small Business
Florida SBDC Network announces new cybersecurity service

 The Florida SBDC Network's Byte-Size Small Business Cybersecurity Program provides small business owners with a sound understanding of the risks of cyberattacks, common cybersecurity threats, and strategies to safeguard their business.

» Full story from the Florida SBDC here.


Out of the Box
Tiger ban

florida originalsAfter a "calculated and deliberately deceptive" plot to evacuate tigers from their zoo in the middle of an animal welfare lawsuit, a federal judge on Friday ruled Dade City’s Wild Things should never be allowed to possess tigers again.

» Read more from the Tampa Bay Times.