March 5, 2024

Mike Vogel

Florida Trend South Florida Editor •

Mike Vogel

Mike Vogel has reported and written about business in Florida for more than 20 years. He works from Broward County. He is a graduate of West Virginia University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and, prior to joining Florida Trend in 1999, worked for newspapers in southeast Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Articles by Vogel:

Streamlining School Spending
Jamie Rosenberg, the founder of, came to realize funneling money to teachers to buy supplies was difficult. Whether it's teachers buying school supplies or grant recipients of government programs, the compliance requirements to ensure funds are used for the right purpose create friction and thwart the speedy implementation of good intentions.
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Reimagining Racetracks
The nearly century-old Hialeah Park thoroughbred racetrack has hosted luminaries Harry Truman, Winston Churchill, Jackie Kennedy and Elizabeth Taylor — along with the iconic flock of American flamingos seen in the opening credits of Miami Vice in the 1980s.
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A Palm-Sized Solution
Like a lot of parents driving the family to Orlando, Rob and Daniella Sladen had some quiet time when the kids fell asleep. Unlike other parents — but somewhat understandable as Daniella was a structural engineer and Rob a project engineer — they spent the quiet time noodling ways to cut the amount of lubricant and oil in aircraft engines.
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Ramping Up
In August, the first cohort of future nurses at Indian River State College's expanded School of Nursing in Port St. Lucie took their classroom seats. The college aims to double its number of nursing graduates to address the state's nursing shortage.
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Full Circle
Madeline Pumariega had a childhood common to the offspring of Cuban immigrants in working-class Hialeah. She and her brother routinely gave up their room to aunts, uncles and other relatives newly arrived from Cuba and in need of a place to stay. Home meant family — cousins as close as siblings — along with dominoes, Catholic Mass on Sundays and only Spanish spoken at home. Little Madeline didn't really speak English until kindergarten.
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Sewage Fuels Brown Tide
A Florida Atlantic University Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute study added to the evidence that the root cause of the nitrogen pollution in the Indian River Lagoon responsible for algal blooms and brown tide — leading to seagrass, fish and manatee die offs — is homeowners' septic systems, not lawn fertilizer.
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Promising Access
Before the Promise Fund Women's Health Center opened in 2020 at a FoundCare site in Palm Springs in Palm Beach County, only 10% of FoundCare patients with orders for a mammogram received one.
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Messi Magic
Seemingly overnight, murals of Lionel Messi popped up on buildings across downtown Miami. Argentinian muralist Maximiliano Bagnasco, who has painted Messi murals around the world, was summoned in July shortly after word broke of the soccer icon's move to Inter Miami and went to work on the side of a mixed-use building near a rising condo development in Wynwood.
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Where the Wild Things Are
Homestead Resistance
Evenings at David Herring's house and farm in Walton County in Northwest Florida are marked by the whining of motors coming on. Herring's farm abuts an 866-acre solar power plant completed this year by FPL. At the close of the day, the motors turn on to reset the panels, which track the sun to maximize power production, so they can face the next day's morning sun. “If you're outside, that's what you hear,” he says.
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