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Florida restaurants recovering from romaine lettuce scare

As the produce industry rebounds, Florida salad restaurants and grocers themselves are getting back to normal after the year’s second E. Coli connected to romaine lettuce. It took some time for restaurants to get romaine back on its shelves. It can be difficult to ascertain from suppliers where the greens originate. More from the Orlando Sentinel.

Opinion: Apprentice programs help build Florida's workforce

Like other states, Florida is facing shortages of skilled talent in key industries such as healthcare, advanced manufacturing, information technology and construction – fields critically needed now and expected to be in demand for years to come. More from the Fort Myers News-Press.

Where did all the lobsters and stone crabs go? How the fishing industry is bouncing back

The red tide algae bloom plaguing Southwest Florida hasn’t hit the Florida Keys. And Hurricane Irma happened more than a year ago. But they’re both affecting the island chain’s commercial fishing industry. More from the Miami Herald.

Once destined for the wrecking ball, the Belleview Biltmore is reborn as an elegant boutique hotel

In its day, it was known as the Queen of the Gulf, a magnificent 400-room hotel that played host to presidents, celebrities and the not-so-famous who helped develop Florida's west coast. But a series of owners, including one that sold off its prime waterfront and another that added Japanese pagodas, sent the Belleview Biltmore into a long decline. More from the Tampa Bay Times.

Miamians may get to test Ford Motor Co. autonomous cars

As Ford Motor Co. continues toward its planned 2021 rollout of non-commercial self-driving vehicles in Miami-Dade, county transportation personnel are eying mid 2019 to start thinking of ways to introduce the imminent technology to the public. “Next year, maybe mid-year, we’re going to plan an event here and hopefully have autonomous vehicles that people can test,” Miami-Dade Transportation Director Alice Bravo said. More from Miami Today.

Out of the Box
Retired research monkeys find new home in Florida

 Have you seen monkeys in your neighborhood lately? Over two dozen research monkeys have found a new home in Florida. The monkeys were once involved in a US Food and Drug Administration study.

» More from WWSB.


Florida Dining
Which four Florida restaurants made it onto top 100 in U.S. list?

florida The latest ranking of top restaurants in the U.S. is also the latest slap at Florida’s dining landscape. Only four restaurants, three in South Florida, made the cut in an annual list issued by OpenTable, a reservation and crowd-sourced review site.

» Read more from the Orlando Sentinel.

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