April 23, 2024

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Peak Blueberry Season
From Alachua County to Lake Okeechobee, Florida's blueberry season is underway. “It looks like it's going to be a good season,” says Douglas Phillips, a blueberry extension coordinator at the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. He notes the heavy green fruit he observed during the winter across trial sites he monitors.
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Sustainable Boating
Blue Innovations Group, an electric boat startup in Pinellas Park, has unveiled its first EV boat — the R30. The 30-foot vessel can accommodate up to 12 people, has a run time of up to eight hours on a 221-kWh battery pack and can reach a maximum speed of 45 mph. Amenities include a kitchenette, a bathroom with a bidet, an expandable solar canopy and air conditioning.
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Adapting Anchors
Fifteen years ago, Michele “Mik” Oca was living in his native Italy and working in entertainment marketing and design when he got a call from the White House. Incoming President Barack Obama was toying with the idea of replacing the bowling alley at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. with a basketball court — and Oca, who'd carved out a niche for himself designing bowling products and alleys, was invited to submit a redesign plan to convince the president to keep the lanes.
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A Growing Need
Lynda Neuhausen was walking with her family up the stairs to their seats at Tropicana Field to watch the Tampa Bay Rays play when her symptoms first began. “I got to the top and had turned gray,” she recounts, “I couldn't breathe ... and I felt like I was going to pass out.” That moment in 2005 was the beginning of a long journey towards diagnosing and treating hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a genetic heart disease, which culminated in a heart transplant in 2021.
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Fine Arts
An international center for the arts is coming to Naples. Theater in the Garden, a multipurpose space featuring a 900-seat indoor theater and outside amphitheater in a landscaped setting, will be the first location of the Luciano Pavarotti Foundation outside of Italy.
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The Homefront
Patricia Cooper is the first person in her family to wake up, opening her eyes well before sunrise in her home in Fort Lauderdale.
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Southwest Florida's economic forecast for 2024
“Over the past few years, we have moved from a world of disinflation and ultra-easy monetary policy to one with high inflation, conventional monetary policy and rising interest rates. While England may have crowned a new king, cash continues to reign supreme here in the U.S. Since the Fed began hiking interest rates in 2021, we have seen our J.P. Morgan Private Bank clients increase their cash at the expense of stocks."
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Healing Harmony
For members of Moffitt's employee band, making music provides an escape from the rigors of medicine.
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Shells for Shorelines
Tampa Bay Watch, a non-profit focused on marine and wetland environments of the Tampa Bay estuary, is launching Shells for Shorelines, a recycling program that turns discarded oyster shells from restaurants into reefs.
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A Sweet Spot
Austin Gappelberg, a 22-year-old recent graduate of the University of Tampa, and his 20-year-old brother, Grant, took an early interest in entrepreneurship, beginning with small door-to-door jobs before they started first grade. The sons of entrepreneurial parents, the brothers worked at the family's chocolate shop in New York's Hamptons, and by the time they were teenagers they'd worked their way up to managing the shop in the summer. “Our dad always used to say, ‘You guys are amazing. Together, you're unbeatable,'” Austin says.
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