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Gainesville chamber honors 2016 Business Award winners

The Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce recently presented the winners of its 2016 Business Awards honoring businesses for advancing the region as a global center for talent, opportunity and innovation.

Cross-Bay Ferry launches value-packed option for commuters

Cross-Bay Ferry commuters in the St. Petersburg-Tampa area can slash their ticket prices by 50 percent with a new Commuter Value Pass program scheduled to begin on Nov. 28.

Florida Power & Light scores second reliability award

Bolstering its infrastructure, staying storm-ready and investing in smart technology has earned Juno Beach-based Florida Power & Light (FPL) its second annual ReliabilityOne Award.

PPG, Lowe's Commercial Painting add color to Academy Prep Center of St. Petersburg

Ten volunteers, 25 gallons of PPG brand paint plus three classrooms and assistance and support from both PPG and Lowe’s Commercial Painting equaled one successful beautification project recently for Academy Prep Center of St. Petersburg.

St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort upgrades dining options, luxury offerings

The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort recently added adventurous Greek fare, exceptional gourmet pastries and savory treats by welcoming Atlantikos restaurant and La Gourmandise patisserie to its roster of services.

Migration season makes Manatee Lagoon the place to be

Palm Beach County’s Manatee Lagoon, sponsored by Florida Power & Light, is open to delight visitors for the manatee migration season through March 31.

Jacksonville’s Patriot Rail adds to its rail service holdings

From its Jacksonville hub, Patriot Rail Company LLC (Patriot Rail) has ramped up its assets with the recent acquisition of the Midwest-based United Transportation Group (UTG), which specializes in rail tank car and tanker truck cleaning.

D.R. Horton’s Freedom Homes coming to Lee County

D.R. Horton, “America’s Builder,” said it is launching its Freedom Homes brand, its newest low-maintenance lifestyle community for active adults featuring affordable housing, in Cascades in Alva in Lee County.

Drones to star in innovative holiday light shows at Disney Springs

Walt Disney World in Orlando said holiday guests at its Disney Springs can look skyward and wish upon the stars as 300 twinkling drones soar overhead, lighting up the sky in an inventive first-time light show.

IT consultants Innovative Architects coming to West Palm Beach

Tech consulting firm Innovative Architects (IA) recently said it plans to open its newest office in the brand new Atrium Building at 324 Datura St. in West Palm Beach on Dec. 1.

St. Petersburg Area Economic Development Corporation up and running

Professionals from businesses ranging from the travel, hospitality and academic sectors to finance, construction, law and medicine gathered last week for the inaugural meeting of the St. Petersburg Area Economic Development Corporation (EDC).

I-95/I-295 North Interchange project kicks off in Duval County

Florida Gov. Rick Scott and other officials recently kicked off the I-95/I-295 North Interchange infrastructure upgrade project in Duval County to improve traffic flaw and safety.

America’s best artisans to gather for St. Petersburg Holiday of the Arts

The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance and the city of St. Petersburg will host the 3rd annual St. Petersburg Holiday of the Arts, which features hundreds of pieces of timeless and creative homemade artwork, on Dec. 17-18 in South Straub Park.

Lakeland's Art Crawl to join When Pigs Fly South BBQ Challenge

Lakeland's fourth annual Art Crawl, which brings emerging artists into the public eye, will be held alongside the When Pigs Fly South BBQ Challenge on Dec. 3 at the SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus.

KOVA has new property manager in Fort Myers area

Naples area native Dawn Mayor recently bacame property manager with KOVA Property Management LLC in Naples, bringing with her a decade of expertise in real estate practice, both in management and administrative capacities.

Bella Florals by Theresa to celebrate new location on Marco Island

Bella Florals by Theresa will celebrate its first anniversary on Marco Island with a ribbon-cutting and grand opening of its new location at 9 Front St. at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19.

St. Petersburg College ranked among top 10 online vocational trade schools

The Community for Accredited Online Schools ( recently recognized St. Petersburg College (SPC) as one of the nation’s top 10 online vocational trade schools for the 2016-2017 school year in its annual rankings.

Jacksonville-based CSX has new vice president for industrial products

CSX Executive Vice President and Chief Sales and Marketing Officer Fredrik Eliasson recently said that Michael Rutherford has been promoted to vice president – industrial products effective immediately to oversee sales and marketing for CSX's expanding portfolio.

Child Care of Southwest Florida expanding preschool in Fort Myers

Child Care of Southwest Florida will expand its Joseph H. Messina Children’s Center at 4650 Fowler St. in Fort Myers and remodel its kitchen, allowing the center to accommodate up to 40 extra students.

St. Petersburg Yacht Club holds fourth annual sailing challenge

The St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce said favorable weather prevailed as the St. Petersburg Yacht Club recently held its fourth annual Sailing Club Championships featuring a new fleet.

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