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Florida’s manufacturing industry going high tech

Florida’s economy is changing. Tourism is still the fuel in the Sunshine State’s economic engine, but there is a new industry emerging, manufacturing. A new report from Florida TaxWatch, "From Grease & Grime to Technology & Talent," gives some perspective on how Florida’s manufacturing industry is changing. Read more from Florida TaxWatch, WDBO and Florida Daily, and see the full report here.

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Business Florida: Growing strong

Florida’s Southwest comprises just three counties. But what this region lacks in size, it more than makes up for in substance. In 2018, Collier County had the state’s highest per capita income — $85,421 — and its longest life expectancy. Fort Myers in Lee County was named “2018’s Fastest Growing City in America.” And Charlotte County remains a logistics powerhouse for its strategic location along I-75 between Tampa and Miami. More from Business Florida.

Proposal would block information on Florida lawmakers

Floridians wouldn’t be able to know the ages of legislators and state Cabinet members or other family details, under a proposal filed Thursday for the 2020 legislative session. The proposal (SB 832), filed by Sen. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, would create a public-records exemption that would shield from release the home addresses, telephone numbers and dates of birth of members of the House, Senate and Cabinet. More from WPTV.

Miami-Dade mayor issues veto to rescue Formula One’s plans for Miami Gardens race

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez issued a rare veto Friday to rescue a planned Formula One auto race around Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, an annual event residents have called an unwelcome addition to their neighborhoods. Gimenez said he wanted to give race opponents more time to reach a compromise with the Miami Dolphins and their owner Stephen Ross, who has been trying to bring the race to the Miami area. More from the Miami Herald.

Complex of curiosities: Curia Complex showcases Gainesville creativity

Drive through the tall gates on Northwest Sixth Street, park your car and look up at the velociraptor. Unless you managed to travel outside Gainesville and into Jurassic Park, you’re probably at the Curia Complex. The 2.5-acre property is home to a coffee shop, vintage market, bar and plenty of outdoor spaces where special events take place. The complex’s first business was an art gallery, said owner Nick Moskowitz, who bought the property in 2010. More from the Gainesville Sun.

Florida Dining
Keto on 4th

 The keto diet has gained a lot of popularity recently, and Barbara Cook and Alyssa Gorospe have created what they consider “a game-changer” when it comes to sweets. In July, the pair opened Crave Bakehouse, a production bakery in Eustis, and began selling their doughnut creations online with curbside pick-up. Two weeks ago, their first retail site, Keto on 4th, opened at the Mount Dora Marketplace.

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Community Portrait
South Florida

floridaThe 120 miles separating Florida City in Miami-Dade County north through Broward County to the city of Tequesta in Palm Beach County, respectively the state’s three most populace counties and collectively known as “Florida’s Gold Coast,” has become a global destination for business, trade, travel, and tourism.

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