February 8, 2023

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In 2020, the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) unveiled a new strawberry with a distinct white color that ripens to a pale pink blush. The cross-bred berry was the work of Vance Whitaker, a professor of horticultural sciences and a strawberry breeder. Last year, the berry hit the U.S. and European markets in a big way, garnering huge social media attention with posts generating more than 50 million views. Read more »
Published on 2/1/2023

Statewide outlook for Florida in 2023

Economist Jerry Parrish expects a U.S. recession in 2023 but says that doesn't necessarily mean Florida will join in. If Florida does, he says, it will be shorter than the national recession and not as deep. Read more »
Published on 1/31/2023

Florida's hospital construction trend rises to meet population growth

In 2024, Jupiter Medical Center and UF Health hope to open a “neighborhood hospital” with an ER, inpatient beds, operating rooms and other services in Avenir, a new residential development in northwest Palm Beach County — another sign of a boomlet in hospital construction in Florida. Read more »
Published on 12/28/2022

National Economic Headwinds for Florida

The Florida Chamber Foundation has been charting Florida's rise in the global economy in its ambitious 2030 Blueprint, which aims to position the state – now the equivalent of the world's 16th largest economy, ahead of Saudi Arabia and behind the Netherlands – at 10th. Read more »
Published on 12/27/2022

Lessons learned from Hurricane Ian and the work that still needs to be done

Florida marked the 30th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew in August, noting how far the state had come in hardening against and recovering from epic storms. Then came Hurricane Ian, which made clear more work needs to be done. Read more »
Published on 12/23/2022

Knowing the Odds: Florida's history offers lessons about timing and intensity of storms

The bottom line: While you should be prepared, you don't always need to be afraid. Read more »
Published on 5/10/2022

Infrastructure: Critical strategies Florida can implement as it grows

Florida is projected to gain 2.5 million new residents by 2030. Here's what that means for schools, roads, homes and other infrastructure needs Read more »
Published on 3/8/2022

Dimensions of Growth: The 2020 Census shows the new face of Florida

From 2010-20, Florida's population grew by 14.6% to more than 21.5 million. The boom didn't include all of Florida's counties, however. Read more »
Published on 10/27/2021

The global reach of Florida innovations

From creating better forecasts for farmers and traders to responding to health concerns in real time, innovations developed in Florida extend worldwide. Read more »
Published on 8/31/2021

Higher Ed: Comings and Goings

New faces and incoming higher ed leaders; plus several presidents of state colleges and universities are retiring... Read more »
Published on 5/26/2021

Florida's Top 10 Property Insurers

Be sure to read Mike Vogel's coverage of Demotech's warning about Florida's homeowner issues. 10 Premiums Written: $352.9M | Market Share: 3.5% 9 Premiums Written: $372.4M | Market Share: 3.7%... Read more »
Published on 3/23/2021

Florida's Top Ten 2021 Legislative Issues

For more detailed coverage on any of the issues listed below, read Amy Keller's Legislative Preview in the March issue! Read more »
Published on 3/5/2021

Rural Florida's counties in need

Almost half of all Florida counties are classified as economically distressed. Read more »
Published on 8/28/2017

Site seeing: Location consultants eye Florida's incentives policy

Site selectors are watching Florida's debate over incentives closely. Read more »
Published on 2/27/2017

Florida's new land baron

On July 19 of last year, a land-use attorney from Tallahassee appeared before commissioners in Taylor County, a rural north Florida county about 50 miles southeast of the state capital. Read more »
Published on 1/26/2017

Singing the blues: Naples engages in a 'blue zone project' to boost healthy living

Around Naples, restaurants, civic centers, churches, grocery stores and schools are being enlisted to join an effort to focus the area on diet and lifestyle practices that produce longer, healthier lives. Read more »
Published on 12/28/2016

Life after citrus

With citrus devastated by greening, some growers are letting their land sit idle. Others are trying new crops. Read more »
Published on 11/28/2016

Miles of aisles at Florida grocery stores

ucked between Dollar Tree and Ross Dress for Less in Clearwater, the 5,500-sq.-ft. Bulk Nation store has only a few traditional grocery shelves... Read more »
Published on 10/26/2016

Change is in the cards: Sports cards go digital

Topps' digital team in Orlando sets out to reinvent the sports card. Read more »
Published on 9/28/2016

Listen to the music: A look at Florida's live music scene

More than a dozen music festivals that feature rock, classic rock, country, soul, hip-hop and electronic dance music now call Florida home. Read more »
Published on 8/26/2016

Florida's population exploding; expected to reach 20.7 million by end of 2016

Analysis by Cushman & Wakefield depicts a thriving economy in Florida driven by explosive population growth and high consumer confidence. Read more »
Published on 8/10/2016

The spirited growth of Florida distilleries

The number of Florida distilleries is growing thanks to regulatory changes. Read more »
Published on 7/27/2016

Collateral benefits: Retailers benefit from the lottery's big payouts

For retailers, the attraction of the lottery lies in the opportunity to sell the lottery hopefuls other goods and the free media ride that growing jackpots bring. Read more »
Published on 6/28/2016

Florida teen ‘Shark Tank'

Even grade-schoolers can get help with business skills at academies tailored for young entrepreneurs. Read more »
Published on 5/25/2016

Code red: Computer 'boot camps' are springing up across Florida

You don't need a four-year degree to program a computer. ‘Boot camps' have sprung up all over the state offering crash courses in coding. Read more »
Published on 4/27/2016

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Big John, world’s largest triceratops, finds home at Glazer Children’s Museum
Big John, world’s largest triceratops, finds home at Glazer Children’s Museum

The 26-foot-long dinosaur made history when it was first discovered in South Dakota in 2014. And it made history again in 2021 when it fetched a record $7.7 million at an auction in Paris, the most ever paid for ancient bones that weren’t a T. rex. The winning bid came from Tampa entrepreneur Sidd Pagidipati, chairperson of Ayon Capitol and Better Health Group. He is lending Big John to the museum for the next three years.

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