May 20, 2024

Southeast

The Iguana Trapper

For decades after iguanas got established in South Florida in the 1960s, locals could count on regular killer cold spells to keep them in check. But the region hasn't had temperatures sufficiently cold in more than a decade to kill them. Read more »
Published on 4/30/2024

Main Street Metamorphosis

Coconut Creek, a city of 57,000 in northwest Broward that calls itself the “Butterfly Capital of the World,” has been known for years as a bedroom community, agriculture spot, and home to a Seminole Tribe casino and car dealerships. Read more »
Published on 3/19/2024

Building Blocks

Palm Springs in central Palm Beach County became the debut site for Renco USA's first housing complex — four buildings totaling 96 units — made with molded, interlocking blocks the company calls “Lego-like.” Miami-based Renco says its building method is cheaper, faster and 23 times stronger than concrete. Read more »
Published on 2/27/2024

Streamlining School Spending

Jamie Rosenberg, the founder of AdoptAClassroom.org, 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. Read more »
Published on 12/13/2023

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. Read more »
Published on 11/30/2023

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. Read more »
Published on 10/24/2023

Making Progress

As Florida focuses on growing its economy, experts say one of the most productive places to expand is in manufacturing. The sector pays about 117% of average annual wages in Florida, creates both blue and white-collar jobs and has one of the highest multiplier effects for return on investment. Every $1 in manufactured goods produces $3.60 across all other sectors. Read more »
Published on 10/17/2023

Towering Uncertainty

Sonja Przulj loves her two-bedroom, two-bath condominium in Miami, located on the 21st floor of the 27-story Palm Bay Yacht Club, with spectacular views of Biscayne Bay, downtown Miami and South Beach. She paid $285,000 for the corner unit in September 2021 after renting in the building for years. Read more »
Published on 10/17/2023

Fantasy Fest

What started in 1979 as a way to gin up tourism during slow fall months has turned into a “10-day Halloween celebration for grown-ups in paradise.” Read more »
Published on 10/13/2023

Seeking Protection

Three activist groups served notice to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that they intend to sue to force the agency to invoke Endangered Species Act protection for the ghost orchid. The groups are the Institute for Regional Conservation in Hollywood, the Center for Biological Diversity and the National Parks Conservation Association. They say the orchid is threatened by poaching, habitat loss and degradation and by winds from intense hurricanes. The groups say the agency should have made a protection decision in January but the agency workplan indicates a decision won't be made until as late as fall 2026. The orchid is protected at Big Cypress National Preserve and other government and private preserves and sanctuaries. Read more »
Published on 9/28/2023

Helping Babies Thrive

Founders Glenn and Chelly Snow's LactaLogics processes breast milk from donor moms for use in feeding premature babies. The company is locating its headquarters and a processing facility in Port St. Lucie in the former Liberty Medical building on U.S. 1. Read more »
Published on 8/24/2023

The Art of Play

Kevin Daniels and Jimi Dennison share a love of the “flow arts” — a mix of skills and creative expression. Think of juggling meets dance. In 2010, they founded Fun in Motion Toys to bring “movement-inspired” toys to the world. Read more »
Published on 7/25/2023

Land Grab

Okeechobee County, historically a place where ranchland goes for a high price, drove an increase in prices in Florida in 2022, according to the Lay of the Land report from real estate firm SVN Saunders Ralston Dantzler. Read more »
Published on 6/21/2023

A Sign of Things to Come?

In a signal of just how much South Florida remains in demand and that investors are betting on a return of business convention travel, a joint venture of Credit Suisse Asset Management and Hawaii-based Trinity Real Estate Investments purchased the 1,000-room Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood for $835 million from New York-based Brookfield Asset Management. Read more »
Published on 5/25/2023

Name Game

Broward's seaport is one of the three busiest cruise ship home ports in the world. It ranks among the nation's leading container ship ports and is South Florida's main seaport for gas, jet fuel and alternative fuels. Some 7,000 people work at companies that provide direct services at or to the port. Read more »
Published on 4/20/2023

Bionic Hands

Florida Atlantic University engineering and computer science college researchers received $1.2 million from the National Science Foundation to improve the functioning of prosthetic hands. Current prosthetics allow only one grasp function to be controlled at a time. Read more »
Published on 3/21/2023

Paddleboarding for a Cause

At age 4 in 2011, Piper Suits was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder affecting the lungs and other organs. Read more »
Published on 2/21/2023

Southeast Florida's economic forecast for 2023

“Most people don't realize the University of Florida has made two big plays in our county. The University of Florida is going to take 12 acres in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach for a graduate school in data analytics, cybersecurity, AI, aviation and aerospace. The second area the University of Florida has taken over is the Scripps Research Institute — to really build out that cluster the way we envisioned in 2004. Read more »
Published on 1/1/2023

ChemTech opens plant in Fort Pierce to showcase environmentally friendly wood treatments

Lumber treatment company ChemTech opened an eight-employee plant in Fort Pierce to showcase to sawmills, lumber dealers and others its “environmentally friendly” protective treatments for soft woods, plywood and engineered wood. Read more »
Published on 12/15/2022

FPL's first-ever commercial drone helps quickly identify and restore power outage issues

FPL has launched the first-ever commercial, fixed-wing drone of its scale designed to capture high-quality images and videos of its infrastructure and thousands of miles of power lines. Read more »
Published on 11/28/2022

SMG Delivering Data gathers infrastructure data for utilities

For 12 years, Hadley Doyle-González and her pilot husband, Jorge, ran a business based in Palm Beach County towing airplane banners. That led them to the idea of using their flight skills and manned and unmanned aircraft — she's a drone pilot — to gather infrastructure data for utilities. Read more »
Published on 10/31/2022

Celebrity real estate developer wants to develop land in Martin County

If a developer's customers include global celebrities, it makes sense to call in the big names when seeking approval in growth-adverse Martin County. Read more »
Published on 9/19/2022

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

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

The Denison family ends 70-plus years of ownership legacy with sale of Fort Lauderdale yachting business

SPOTLIGHT End of an Era Sale ends 70-plus years of family’s yachting ownership in South Florida. For more than 70 years, one or another member of the Denison family has... Read more »
Published on 7/31/2022

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