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Years after space shuttle retirement, Florida chases nearly 70 launches a year

The Space Coast witnessed a record-smashing display of launch activity Oct. 13 when SpaceX launched a Falcon Heavy and a Falcon 9 rocket just eight hours and 42 minutes apart. That kind of breakneck orbital launch pace hasn't been seen since the busiest days of the Space Race when NASA's Gemini program in 1966 launched two separate vehicles during a roughly 90-minute window. The world's busiest spaceport rewrote another record this year with Saturday night's Starlink launch. More from Florida Today.

Florida gas prices close to yearly low

Florida gas prices hit a new low last week. On Sunday, the average cost for a gallon of gas was $3.23 per gallon, according to AAA – The Auto Club Group. It’s the lowest daily average since March. Gas declined a total of 46 cents during the past 34 days. “Gas prices are still following the downward momentum created by the seasonal downturn in fuel demand, coupled with stronger gasoline supplies and the switch to cheaper winter-blend gasoline,” said AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins. More from the Orlando Sentinel.

International boat show expected to draw 100,000 to spectacle of superyachts, with possible $1.79B boost to region

The 64th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the ultimate mix of business and pleasure marine style, will take over the southern end of the city’s waterways next week with an expected 100,000 visitors and a return to a full complement of venues on both sides of the Intracoastal Waterway. Some 15,000 credentialed workers toiled this past week setting up what its promoters bill as the world’s largest boat show. More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Tampa Bay business brokers: Selling a business not as easy as it sounds

A "silver tsunami" is coming. But it's not a surge of water that will be expected. Instead, say multiple business brokers in the region, it will be a surge of retirements among baby boomer private business owners. That in turn will cause a wave of sales of privately held businesses, both small and large. More from the Business Observer.

Can a restaurant serve food mostly grown in Florida? This new Miami Shores spot will try

The tribute paid to all things Florida at Miami Shores’ newest restaurant can be found in every delicate bite. The white flesh and crispy scales of the tilefish that was swimming off the coast of Palm Beach just yesterday. The tender pork raised outside Orlando. The tiny green mangoes from a South Dade farm, fermented for months until they’re more olive than fruit and sliced into a crudo. The tang of sea grapes in the sorbet and the crunch of the tempura-fried squash blossom in the salad. All from Florida, all in service to an epic culinary undertaking. More from the Miami Herald.

Travel Trends
With pandemic at their backs, cruise lines make a splash with world cruises

The coronavirus pandemic completely shut down the global cruise sector for over a year starting in March 2020 due to COVID-19 outbreaks on ships. That hit South Florida’s economy particularly hard since PortMiami and Port Everglades are the two largest cruise ports in the United States. The cruise industry has staged a strong comeback, depicting its resilience.

» More from the Miami Herald.


Florida History
The roller skating teens of '70s Florida

Back in the fall of 1972, native Floridian Bill Yates ventured into the rural outskirts of Tampa, making his way through the deep backwaters of Six Mile Creek in Hillsborough County. Then a photography student at the nearby University of South Florida, Bill got in his car one day and hit the road in search of something that would capture his imagination.

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