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State launches new travel website for military

In honor of Veteran’s Day, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday announced the launch of a new military-friendly travel section on VISIT FLORIDA’s website. It’s a consolidated source of Florida travel information for service members, veterans, and their families. “The site includes information about discounts and experiences available to military members and their families, monuments and memorials, military-related events, museums and more,” a news release said. More from Florida Politics.

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Business Florida: Northeast Florida is expanding opportunities

Florida’s Northeast is a region on the move. Positioned along I-95 just south of the Georgia state line, its signature city — Jacksonville — continues to grow, adding 82,000 residents just since 2010. At 840 square miles, it is the biggest city by area in the continental U.S. and one of only a handful nationwide where city and county governments function as one. More from Business Florida.

Task forces will get more scrutiny over toll roads, Florida officials announce

State transportation officials announced additional meetings and resources for the task forces studying three new proposed toll roads. After outcry from task force members, the Department of Transportation said Friday that it was adding two more public meetings and getting data on the potential projects to members sooner than previously scheduled. More from the Tampa Bay Times.

Liftoff: SpaceX rocket launches from the Cape

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying 60 communication satellites launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station this morning and succeeded at landing the first stage on a drone ship at sea. SpaceX streamed an onboard view of the launch live. Watch a video below and read more from the Tampa Bay Times and the Orlando Sentinel.

Fuel-theft rings fill South Florida roads with ‘moving bombs’

These criminals lug huge amounts of stolen gas across South Florida’s roadways, hiding hundreds of gallons in modified trucks and SUVs. Authorities refer to the gas thieves’ converted trucks as moving bombs because of the hazard they pose if one were to crash and explode. More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

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Bradenton couple’s business fills a niche for Santeria practitioners

 Entrepreneurs Vicky and Gabriel Baeza Hasbun opened a Santeria shop in Bradenton two years ago. They say they’re getting interest from people who might not normally be inclined to warm to an alternative religion.

» More from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.


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