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| 3/27/2023

Survey: Florida is best state for startups

Florida cleaned up in a new study as the best state to start a small business. Florida, with a 5.5% corporate tax rate and most jobs created by startups, was rated the best state. It has the No. 3 highest amount of small business loans secured per number of employees, at $4,913. The state was followed by Texas at No. 2. Vermont is the worst state to start a business, according to the study. More from the Business Observer.

What’s going on with gas prices in Florida? There’s another change — will it last?

Florida gas prices fell in the last week, but the decrease could be stopping soon. According to AAA, the average price per gallon is $3.37. The U.S. price of oil fell to a new 2023 low two weeks ago, causing gas prices to fall. However, oil prices recovered some of the losses last week and increased 4%. AAA said gas prices could continue to fall a bit this week before leveling out or even possibly increasing next week. More from Click Orlando.

Here’s what a Miami nonprofit is doing to get young professionals excited about art

Art is supposed to be for everybody, but let’s be real. Understanding the ins and outs of the art world can be daunting for young people, especially if you’re not a millionaire art collector. Fountainhead Arts, a Miami-based arts nonprofit, says it has a solution for Miami’s art-curious young professionals. More from the Miami Herald.

Tampa International Airport breaks daily passenger record

Tampa International’s predictions of a record-breaking spring break season were spot on: last week the airport saw its single heaviest day of passenger traffic. More than 90,000 passengers passed through on Sunday, March 19, according to Transportation Safety Administration data. A normal day sees between 60,000-65,000 passengers, according to spokesperson Emily Nipps. More from the Tampa Bay Times.

‘End is near’ for $28 million makeover of U.S. 1 tunnel in downtown Fort Lauderdale

Understatement of the year: Tunnel makeovers take time. Those of you who drive through downtown Fort Lauderdale might be wondering just how much longer the massive $28 million makeover of the U.S. 1 tunnel will take. The end is near, as one Fort Lauderdale commissioner put it. A primary route, the tunnel has been at the heart of traffic snarls since work began nearly two years ago. On occasion, the entire tunnel has been closed, triggering nightmarish traffic detours. More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Out of the Box
A horror movie was shot inside one of Tampa Bay’s most haunted houses

When looking for a main location for his independent horror film “The Clock,” Rick Danford’s top request was for the house to be unique. “I didn’t want plain white walls and boring rooms,” the New Port Richey writer, director and producer said. “I wanted the house to have character so that it could be a character in the story.” The movie is about a demonic clock purchased by a young couple at a church estate sale. The home that Danford landed has a story that could inspire its own horror movie.

» More from the Tampa Bay Times.


Florida Dining
Orlando’s 2023 James Beard semifinalists: “It fuels you to keep doing what you’re doing.”

The City Beautiful is getting to be one in which James Beard Award semifinalists are becoming an annual thing. Last year it was five nominees in four categories. This year, it’s three in two. Finalists will be announced on March 29.

» Read more from the Orlando Sentinel.

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