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Florida attorneys vote Houston firm as best legal services provider

For the fifth consecutive year, a Houston-based legal services firm has taken top honors in four categories of Florida’s 'Daily Business Review' awards.

Staffing firm to hold toy drive, Christmas party for Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay

Robert Half, one of the world's largest specialized staffing firms, will be holding its 8th annual Holiday Toy Drive and Christmas Party from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Joe & Ann Garcia Salesian Boys & Girls Club, 302 W. Gladys St. in Tampa.

Toronto REIT buys industrial distribution facility in Sarasota

Toronto-based Agellan Commercial Real Estate Investment Trust said this week it has closed on a $52.5 million deal that adds more that 900,000 square feet of leasable space in Sarasota to its portfolio.

Horton offering homes in Bay Street development in Osprey

Bay Street, a new gated community in Osprey offering four different floor plans priced from the low $200,000s, has new homes available through April.

Port St. Lucie gaining assisted living, memory care facility

With the launch of Watercrest Senior Living Group’s latest project in Port St. Lucie, Fla., last summer, the company continued its growth of assisted living facilities across the southeast U.S.

Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort set to show off its $40 million renovation

The results of a $40 million renovation to the Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa in Florida should be obvious as soon as guests begin gracing the 11-story hotel’s lobby in January.

Congressman-elect Rooney to address Chamber of Southwest Florida

Francis Rooney, a construction industry executive who was recently elected as a Republican to represent Florida’s 19th District in the U.S. House of Representatives, will be the keynote speaker at the Chamber of Southwest Florida’s luncheon meeting Dec. 15 at the Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport at Town Center.

Florida Animal Friend license plate funds programs to control pet population

Florida Animal Friend (FAF), an animal rights group that has given nearly half a million dollars to help underwrite Tampa area spay and neuter programs, said this week that a Florida specialty license plate aimed at raising funds to control the pet population has been redesigned.

Florida homemade-food entrepreneurs call for less-restrictive regulations

Florida’s relatively restrictive laws on home bakers and other food makers should be loosened, including allowing individuals to earn more money from sales, advocacy groups said.

Oceans Edge Key West Hotel & Marina becomes centerpiece of Stock Island

The opening days of December saw the launch of a new hotel on the Key West coastline, bringing luxury accommodations to a 1-mile stretch of lushly landscaped tropical land at the apex of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico.

Scott: Florida tourism reaches new high

In the first three-quarters of 2016, Florida welcomed 85 million visitors — with third-quarter figures of 26.9 million guests reflecting the state’s record-breaking 5.1 percent growth over the year and spurring praise from Gov. Rick Scott.

Chez Cirque Fashions launching new line at St. Petersburg grand opening

Chez Cirque Fashions will launch its apparel line in the heart of St. Petersburg with a special event from 5-9 p.m. on Dec. 9 at Jackie Z. Style Company, 173 2nd Ave. N. in the Sundial center.

Southwest Florida sees 12,000 rise in jobs in 2016

Noting that commerce and construction sectors led 2016’s overall 12,000-job increase in Southwest Florida, Gov. Rick Scott recently said that tax cuts and regulation rollbacks tangibly contributed to positive employment trends in Fort Myers and Naples.

Florida CraftArt welcomes new director

Florida CraftArt, a nonprofit organization headquartered in St. Petersburg, recently announced that Katie Deits has accepted the position of executive director, bringing a wealth of fundraising experience and enthusiasm for various artistic media.

Duke Energy upgrades St. Petersburg manholes

Changes are afoot underneath the streets of downtown St. Petersburg as Duke Energy dispatches crews to perform infrastructure upgrades during late November under the auspices of its $140 million initiative to improve electrical reliability.

WJA nets prestigious prize for Madeira Beach City Hall architecture

In a first for a city hall, St. Petersburg-based Wannemacher Jensen Architects (WJA) recently scored the area’s greatest design accolade from American Institute of Architects’ Tampa Bay chapter for its outstanding Madeira Beach City Hall.

Canada’s NewLeaf begins service to Orlando Melbourne International Airport

Orlando Melbourne International Airport (MLB) will welcome its second Canadian airline arrivals beginning Jan. 15, 2017 in the form of NewLeaf, an affordable line offering nonstop service between Toronto’s YHM hub and MLB.

Gainesville Area chamber welcomes 51 new members

The Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed 51 new associates, ranging from retailers and service providers to medical and financial entities, to its roster.

B2 Communications in St. Petersburg names new account manager

Experienced media pro Leah Saunders, who most recently served Florida’s B2 Communications as senior account executive, will become account manager, the company said recently from its downtown St. Petersburg hub.

St. Petersburg College president, known as a strong, capable leader, stepping down

St. Petersburg College confirmed recently that its president, Bill Law, described by a colleague as a “strong, capable, knowledgeable leader,” said he will resign effective July 1, 2017.

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