January 2015 Contents

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Floridian of the Year

City of Miami - Floridian of the Year

The City of Miami

Our Floridian of the Year, the city of Miami, captured the trends — and then some — that drove Florida in 2014.

Newsmakers of the Year:

Gov. Rick Scott

Scott became just the second two-term GOP governor in Florida history.

Attorney John Morgan

The attorney left his stamp on Florida in 2014 by supporting Charlie Crist and marijuana.

C1 CEO Trevor Burgess

C1 Bank’s CEO set the tone on a living wage policy.

The Mormon Church

The Mormon Church became Florida’s largest private landowner in 2014, now owning more than 670,000 acres.

Honoring Florida’s war dead

Three U.S. soldiers from Florida and a journalist.


Up Front
Miami — and Florida — Rising

If you want to understand Florida, you have to visit Miami. The city — which our editors named Floridian of the Year — is bursting at the seams...

Howard Schnellenberger

“I could take the University of Miami from obscurity and degradation and broke and make them a national championship team in five years...”

Florida Originals
The ‘Spite Wall’ between the Fontainbleau and the Eden Roc

Fontainebleau developer Ben Novack took his dissatisfaction with former business partner and developer of the Eden Roc hotel to extremes...

A feast of choices in Lakeland

Halfway between Orlando and Tampa, Lakeland now seems somewhere between Portland and Brooklyn, proof that the appetite for fresh and authentic is found throughout Florida.

Tallahassee Trend
Florida’s Supreme Court in transition

Gov. Rick Scott could appoint four new justices to the Florida Supreme Court during his second term...

Editor's Page
Fruitless: Chasing the yellow dragon

Today, more than half of the 80 million citrus trees in Florida are infected with disease. Most media accounts of the greening story take a “is-it-the-end-of-oranges-in-Florida?” approach, but the story is more complex, with lots of subplots.

Special Report: Jobs

Florida's Jobs Recovery

Florida’s jobs picture

Florida’s not back yet. The state lost about 10% of all its jobs during the recession, among the worst declines nationwide, and is still one of 21 states that haven’t gained back all of the jobs they had before the recession.

2014’s biggest-impact law cases

We review Florida’s 10 biggest law cases, from medical malpractice insurance caps to same sex marriage, judicial campaign rules and stand your ground rulings.

Moments of Truth: A look at the Human Performance Institute

The Orlando institute has built on expertise training top athletes to become a leading health and wellness provider to executives at Fortune 500 companies..

Around the State

‘Fear of gentrification’ in Overtown

Redevelopment is spreading to Miami’s Overtown neighborhood. While town officials welcome the changes, they also want to make sure that residents don’t get priced out in the process.

Clearing the waters in the Indian River Lagoon

In the search for a way to clean up the Indian River Lagoon, researchers have found an unlikely ally: The leading company in the industry whose products are often blamed for contributing to the nutrient overload

German accent: Apprenticeship program modeled after one in Germany

A Tampa Bay iniative models a new apprenticeship program after one in Germany.

Businesses leave nothing to chance

The business community and county commission take pains to discourage iniatives like a recent sick-leave proposal.

Changing the landscape in downtown Jacksonville

Two projects on opposite sides of the St. Johns River could change the face of downtown Jacksonville.

Money in the bank: Navy Federal keeps growing

The Virginia-based financial institution recently signed off on a $350-million second phase of its expansion and the creation of 5,000 more jobs.

Tale of two Latin Americas

Trade between Florida and Latin America Florida has seen its trade growth slow considerably amid weakness in several of the region’s largest markets.

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Florida Business News

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Florida Trend Video Pick

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State lawmakers receive AI guide report; Potential NIL expansion for high-schoolers; Record Memorial Day travel weekend forecast; 2024 hurricane season around the corner; Florida's "transatlantic ties" to the UK.


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