November 26, 2022


Lakeland's long-neglected railyards transformed into a recreational haven

In the 1880s, Lakeland's railyards were a busy hub of commerce, shipping Florida citrus and phosphate to cities and ports across the nation. By the 1980s, however, the railyards were mostly abandoned, the land cluttered by weeds and trash. Read more »
Published on 10/14/2022

What the generational shift of Florida voters means for the future

The following excerpt is from the forthcoming book Generational Politics in the United States (University of Michigan Press). Susan A. MacManus is a University of South Florida professor emerita of political science. Anthony A. Cilluffo is an economist and holds a master's in public administration from Princeton University. Read more »
Published on 10/13/2022

Gainesville city leaders move to revise multi-family housing regulations

Florida is in the midst of a workforce housing crisis that is creating ripples across the wider economy. To ease the crunch in Gainesville, city leaders are moving to revise regulations on where multi-family housing can be built, and that's creating new controversies. Read more »
Published on 10/12/2022

Florida's rapid rise of No Party Affiliation voters

Amid the acrimony of partisan politics, the ranks of Florida's unaffiliated voters are growing rapidly. Their elusive and critical votes reflect changing demographics. Read more »
Published on 10/12/2022

How the documentary 'Because of Sam' changed workplace inclusiveness

Sam Piazza is an employer's dream. He works hard. He's friendly. And he's improved the environment at the restaurant where he works. Now, a documentary about his life has inspired a new training program for Florida workplaces. Read more »
Published on 10/3/2022

Billion-dollar brand U.S. Polo Assn. boosts sport's expansion from West Palm Beach

On a steamy summer morning in Palm Beach County, puffy white clouds float in from the Atlantic Ocean, set against a brilliant South Florida sky. They hover above newly manicured grass on a seemingly endless stretch of land — befitting the multi-billion-dollar global business that unfolds on this super-sized field of dreams. Read more »
Published on 10/3/2022

Attorney Scot Strems is the 'poster child' of the insurance crisis

A year out of law school, Scot Strems left his job as a public defender in 2008 to hang out his shingle. His days had been spent in county court on traffic and misdemeanor cases. Strems figured once on his own, he would start in criminal defense work and eventually move into civil litigation. Read more »
Published on 9/8/2022

Tennis sees resurgence during the pandemic

It's 90-plus degrees on a weekday morning in mid-July, but the 64-acre campus of the U.S. Tennis Association in Lake Nona is hopping. On 12 collegiate courts at the northeast corner of campus, summer camp participants are practicing serves and returns. Across the grounds in the tournament area, the nation's top players in the boys' 12-and-under division are battling it out in the national clay court championships. And inside the welcome center, younger summer camp players are milling about the pro shop and ducking into the Netpost Grill with their parents for a bite to eat. Read more »
Published on 9/7/2022

Miami-based Mind&Melody uses music to lift seniors' spirits

Cristina Rodriguez moved with her family from Caracas, Venezuela, to Miami at age 7 and has been playing the cello since she was 10. In her freshman year of high school, she noticed that many kids in her advanced classes also played an instrument and wondered if there was something to that. She began reading about music and the brain, and one book, Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks, helped chart her life course. Read more »
Published on 9/6/2022

Florida Icon: Rhonda Shear

You can find love after 40. You can start a new career after 40. It's never too late to start over. Read more »
Published on 9/6/2022

OnChain Studios has signed a multi-year partnership with Mattel for its Cryptoys NFT platform

OnChain Studios has signed a multi-year partnership with Mattel for its Cryptoys NFT platform and raised $23 million in funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Dapper Labs and Mattel. Read more »
Published on 8/31/2022

UF Veterinary Hospital opens at World Equestrian Center in Ocala

The University of Florida Veterinary Hospital at World Equestrian Center in Ocala recently opened. Services at the 40,000-sq.-ft. facility include diagnostic imaging, rehabilitation and sports medicine with a combination of advanced diagnostic imaging technology. Local pet owners can also use the facility. Read more »
Published on 8/31/2022

Dr. Maria Hatara explores the connection between the gut and children's mental health

Researchers are investigating the connection between gut health and mental health. Dr. Maria Hatara, a gastroenterologist with Tampa General Hospital's Gastro Group of the Palm Beaches, answered questions about the connection and children. Read more »
Published on 8/31/2022

Two Northwest Florida hospitals add pediatric care to their facilities

Ascension Sacred Heart Bay at Panama City Beach has added a pediatric emergency services clinic. The facility is the Studer Family Children's Hospital's fourth pediatric emergency room department in Northwest Florida. Read more »
Published on 8/31/2022

UF/FSU study helps teens stick with taking their heart medications after a heart transplant

Getting adolescent heart transplant patients to take the medications they need is a constant challenge — whether it's the added responsibility of multiple medications or just teenage resistance. Read more »
Published on 8/31/2022

Golisano Children's Health Center opens a virtual reality chemotherapy room

Over the years, numerous studies have shown that distractions and relaxation techniques can significantly alleviate some of the negative effects of chemotherapy, such as nausea, pain and anxiety. Read more »
Published on 8/31/2022

Palm Beach homeowners wanting renovations and new construction face challenges with Architectural Commission

Like a lot of people in the pandemic, Sylvester and Jennifer Stallone came to Florida and bought a home. The house they purchased via a trust has five bedrooms, six full baths, 10,539 square feet under air, an elevator and key-shaped pool. It sits on a one-acre lot fronting the Intracoastal near the northern tip of the island of Palm Beach. Read more »
Published on 8/31/2022

Florida's new Secretary of the Department of Management Services to oversee state's IT infrastructure

Former U.S. Department of Homeland Security official Pedro Allende has been appointed Florida's new Secretary of the Department of Management Services, which is tasked with overseeing cyber-security for state government and administering tens of millions of dollars in new funding for government cyber-resiliency programs. Read more »
Published on 8/31/2022

Johns Hopkins All Children's president puts hospital's mission in focus

K. Alicia Schulhof, president of Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital St. Petersburg since July 2021, likes to start staff meetings with a “mission moment” — a story that demonstrates “the impact our team members have each and every day on the patients we care for.” Read more »
Published on 8/30/2022

West Palm Beach-based SYN Ventures raises $465 million to invest in cyber-security companies

Jay Leek and Patrick Heim bring impressive resumes to their West Palm Beach-based SYN Ventures, which has raised $465 million in two funds to invest in cyber-security companies. Read more »
Published on 8/30/2022

A New Mission Boosts the Economy

At least 130 Florida companies and an array of university researchers across the state have a role in Artemis. Read more »
Published on 8/25/2022

Space Research

From producing food to controlling dust, long-term missions to the moon and Mars present extraordinary challenges. Florida innovators are working to overcome future obstacles. Read more »
Published on 8/25/2022

The Private Sector

The next giant leap to the moon and beyond will require an array of sophisticated hardware. Read more »
Published on 8/25/2022

Engineer designs first smart cushion with sensors for better wheelchair user experience

Tim Balz initially wasn't a good student in high school. He was told he wouldn't go to college. But he had one teacher who believed in him. That teacher introduced Balz to engineering through robotics, and Balz captained the team in his Plainville, Ind., high school. “Engineers have so much power to change so many lives. I knew then it was the best career I could think of to change the world,” he says. Read more »
Published on 8/25/2022

FAMU-FSU College of Engineering researchers developing tool to predict hurricane debris road blocks

A team of researchers from the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering is looking to remote-sensing technology to find better ways of predicting where road clogging debris will be most severe following hurricanes. Read more »
Published on 8/25/2022

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