May 31, 2023


Out of the Blue

Steve Murawski, a University of South Florida professor, offers an illuminating data point: The economic value of commercial and recreational fishing in Florida is greater than aerospace, citrus and ranching combined. Read more »
Published on 5/31/2023

Moore Odyssey

Roger Moore last year gave a thought to his legacy as the sale of the boat retailing business he co-founded moved toward completion. Read more »
Published on 5/31/2023

Smooth Sailing

St. Augustine Sailing, which offers private luxury charters and sailing lessons, has not just one, two or three family members involved in the business. There are seven of them working together. Read more »
Published on 5/31/2023

Wave of Growth

Northwest Florida's two maritime ports posted strong growth last year, fueling their plans for major expansions. Read more »
Published on 5/31/2023

Driver's Seat

Pursuing a career in transportation made sense to Michelle Maikisch, a ninth-generation Floridian who grew up in a family of engineers and farmers in Cottondale, a rural town in the Florida Panhandle. Her father was an engineer for the State Road Department, the predecessor to the Florida Department of Transportation. Other family members also worked for the transportation department. “I've just about been around transportation my entire life,” she says. Read more »
Published on 5/31/2023

Robot Training

Tom Mudano, president and CEO of Pasco County-based AmSkills, is aiming for his workforce-education non-profit “to become a destination point for robotics training in the state of Florida.” Read more »
Published on 5/26/2023

Food Chain

Looking for ways to drive more foot traffic to a Kissimmee flea market he purchased in 2015, Nadeem Battla met with Syd Levy, who once owned Flea World in Sanford. Levy told him that people went to Flea World for the food, and they stayed for the shopping, says Battla. Read more »
Published on 5/25/2023

Just in Time Tech Boost

The company behind a project formerly known only as Confidential Project Xray is global IT management and security software giant Kaseya, which is expanding its Miami global headquarters and pledges to create 3,400 jobs paying an average of $107,000. Read more »
Published on 5/25/2023

Beating the Heat

A team of FAMU-FSU College of Engineering researchers at the High-Performance Materials Institute in Tallahassee has conducted experiments that prove a compound of boron nanotubes can withstand temperatures up to 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Read more »
Published on 5/25/2023

Sunnier Days Ahead

Coming off a record year of passenger traffic, Punta Gorda Airport is expecting business to get even better with the planned opening this year of the 785-room Sunseeker Resort on Charlotte Harbor. Read more »
Published on 5/25/2023

Driving Successes

As president of Tallahassee Community College and a veteran law enforcement official, Jim Murdaugh knows the value of workforce training in helping people improve their circumstances, including those who have had run-ins with the law. Read more »
Published on 5/24/2023

Touting JaxPort

Competition for cruise business south of Jacksonville is fierce, with active ports at Cape Canaveral, Fort Lauderdale and Miami. However, Jacksonville is a good entry point for local residents or those just north of Jacksonville who otherwise would have to go to Charleston to find a cruise within driving distance, says Alberto Cabrera, director of cargo and cruise development, in talking up JaxPort. Read more »
Published on 5/24/2023


Peter Quinter doesn't spend much time behind a desk. On any given day, the trade attorney might be at a port warehouse, aboard a freighter or inside a Boeing 747 helping clients deal with import or export hiccups and advocating to get their shipments back on track. Read more »
Published on 5/23/2023

Economic Engine

Brightline's upcoming train service to Orlando is providing an economic boost to Central Florida. The company's $100-million vehicle maintenance facility — dubbed Basecamp — will employ 100 workers, and the train carrier has partnered with Siemens USA (which manufactures its trains), railroad contractor Herzog and Valencia College to create a curriculum to train students for careers as train mechanics. Read more »
Published on 5/22/2023

A Clean Start

For decades, the five-acre site at the eastern edge of downtown Naples was littered with rundown metal buildings once used as warehouses and car repair shops. It was an area where street crime flourished. Read more »
Published on 5/17/2023

Park Place

Sarah Combs grew up a farmer's daughter. From an early age, she harvested crops on the family's spread in a tiny, tight-knit Colorado town, developed a strong work ethic and constantly engaged with neighbors. It was a long way from north Tampa, an area that over the years has been beset by poverty. Read more »
Published on 5/17/2023

Keep on Truckin'

FleetForce is expanding in Florida this spring with six new training and testing centers. The truck-driving school, based in Sarasota, projects it will be able to graduate 3,000 commercial drivers annually, to help reduce a shortage that trucking trade experts say is close to 80,000 nationally. Read more »
Published on 5/17/2023

City Center

Along a stretch of I-4 some 25 miles east of Tampa and 60 miles west of Orlando, a new City Furniture campus stretches for a half-mile. The 87-acre development that opened late last year features 1.3 million square feet of warehouse space and a nearly 190,000-sq.-ft. two-story showroom, complete with a wine and coffee bar. Read more »
Published on 5/16/2023

The Greening of Florida's Brownfields

Over the last quarter-century, Florida has helped to transform almost 200 contaminated sites into clean community hubs. The pace of the redevelopment is about to pick up dramatically. Read more »
Published on 5/16/2023

'Perfect DNA'

John Vo, former vice president of propulsion at electric pickup truck maker Lordstown Motors and head of global manufacturing for Tesla, moved to Florida in 2020. He heads Blue Innovations Group, an electric boat startup based in Pinellas Park. It's working on a line of boats, one of which would have solar charging panels, an 800-hp powertrain and run on a 220-kilowatt battery. Read more »
Published on 5/16/2023

Rocking the Boat

A marine marketing truism holds that the ideal locale for photographing a boat is in the clear blue waters of the Bahamas. Cam Heaps, CEO of electric boat maker Voltari, wanted that Bahamas photo and decided to go for more: Instead of shipping or towing his new Voltari 260 performance boat there, he would seek to set a record for the “first and longest” electric boat overseas crossing — the 91 miles from Key Largo to Bimini. Read more »
Published on 5/15/2023

Seeds of Change

On a drab, industrial street in the shadows of St. Petersburg's Tropicana Field, an oasis of leafy greens is flourishing. It has taken root not on sprawling acres outdoors, but inside 20 former shipping containers just west of downtown. You could drive past Brick Street Farms and never have any inkling of the operation inside — in fact, you might not notice it at all. Read more »
Published on 5/10/2023

Code Red

The Entrepreneur Michael Ellison, 38 Founder/CEOCodePath, Miami The Early Years Michael Ellison grew up in a low-income, single-mother household in rural Maine. “I was not exposed to a lot of... Read more »
Published on 5/9/2023

Miami Grand Prix

For at least the next nine years, Hard Rock Stadium and its environs — also known as the Miami International Autodrome — will host a Formula 1 race, one of 23 that make up the circuit's championship. Tyler Epp, the event's president, says the goal is to ensure “Miami will be one of the must-attend races on the Formula 1 calendar for the next decade.” Read more »
Published on 5/8/2023

Florida Icon: Vickie Smith

I can look out my bedroom windows on a full-moon night, and I can see the moon reflecting on the Weeki Wachee River. It’s heaven on Earth. When I graduated... Read more »
Published on 5/8/2023

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