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Hurricane-heavy September sets record for tropical activity

September earned its title as the peak month of hurricane season this year setting a new record as part of the three busiest consecutive Septembers on record, according to the National Hurricane Center. Since the start of September there have been eight different named tropical systems spiraling around the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. Hurricane Dorian first caught meteorologists attention in Aug. 24, but became a Category 5 hurricane, one of the strongest in history, on Sept. 1. More from the Orlando Sentinel.

Jimmy Patronis: Florida must ensure digital trust in cryptocurrency

Jimmy Patronis, the state’s Chief Financial Officer, places a high priority on regulating cryptocurrency. So when the Blockchain Task Force held its first meeting, he spoke to the panel about the technology’s importance. Patronis said technology can keep reliable records of crypto-transactions, which impacts a growing amount of commerce. But it also helps guard citizens against fraud. More from Florida Politics.

New Smyrna Beach hotel lands UN environmental award

A New Smyrna Beach hotel has become the first branded property in the world to be honored for its environmental efforts by a new program affiliated with the United Nations’ World Tourism Organization. The oceanside Springhill Suites by Marriott on Wednesday will receive what’s known as the Blue Community Award, which recognizes businesses that encourage and promote environmental practices. More from the Orlando Sentinel.

Florida adds more days to Red Snapper season

Governor Ron DeSantis with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has added six more days to red snapper season. The FWC says surveys by anglers this season is what initiated this move by the state. See the announcement from Gov. DeSantis and read more from WKRG.

What’s next for the Midtown Miami site once destined for a Walmart?

Walmart sold its property in Midtown Miami last week, and while the new owner has released only a few details, the plans are meeting favor with area residents who opposed putting a Walmart on the site. “We are still in the preliminary planning phase of the site’s development,” said Alex Vadia, principal of Midtown Opportunities, the new owner. More from the Miami Herald.

Holiday Sales Trends
Florida's favorite candy

 Just in time for Halloween, candy website Candystore.com has released its rankings of the favorite candies in every state based on 12 years of sales data. The site ranked Skittles as Florida’s favorite Halloween candy.

» Read more from Florida Trend and the Tampa Bay Times.


Business Profile
Esprix Technologies

floridaTonya Tremitiere envisioned a marker that could transfer a design drawn on plain paper to a fabric or other material. Some two years later — and more than $1 million in research and development — the product, Artesprix, is a reality, in Esprix’s patent-pending Permanent Thermal Transfer Markers. The funding came from company profits.

» Read more from the Business Observer.