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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

$500,000 grant funds Johns Hopkins study of youth concussions

Amid concerns over the risk of brain injury among professional athletes, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital has launched a three-year study of how concussions affect brain development in young athletes.

TerraCom Direct data center chosen as company to watch

An innovative business model is credited for qualifiying TerraCom Direct’s selection this month as one of 50 businesses on the prestigious 'Florida Companies to Watch' list.

Homee contracting app looks to expand into five regional cities

Thanks to the new Homee app, it now takes as little as 30 minutes to bring an electrician or other skilled maintenance worker onsite to help complete a project.

New dual-branded hotel adds 5,000 square feet of meeting space to Miami location

An 11-story hotel bearing the names of two hospitality titans -- Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites -- opened to fanfare in early December.

Leadership St. Pete names its 2017 class

Leadership St. Pete (LSP), part of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce and its foundation, named nearly 40 area leaders to its Class of 2017 at last week's LSP Alumni Association Holiday Social.

Florida nursing veteran named senior manager by Connecticut health care consulting firm

Connecticut-based Simione Healthcare Consultants recently named Anna Alvarez of Florida, a 25-year veteran of nursing and health care management, as a senior manager in quality management and operations improvement.

Goede, Adamczyk, DeBoest & Cross promotes two Naples lawyers to partners

Naples attorneys Cary Goggin and Kyla Thomson have been made partners in the Florida law firm Goede, Adamczyk, DeBoest & Cross (GADC).

Blessings in a Backpack unveils business partnership to help fund kids' meals

Blessings in a Backpack, a nonprofit group that supplies weekend meals to needy students in Lee and Collier counties, is seeking company donations to help fund the program through its Business Partner Initiative.

Gated community in Venice offering second round of sales of affordable homes

A gated community in Venice that has already sold 30 of a planned 109 homes near Manasota Key is now accepting preconstruction sales for the project’s second phase.

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