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Hernando County trims budget to balance funds

Prepping for its tentative budget hearing on Sept. 6 in the county seat of Brooksville, many Hernando County government divisions have reduced their FY2017 budget amounts to balance the General Fund, local leaders said recently.

Scott: Naples gained almost 5,000 new jobs over year

Gov. Rick Scott recently revealed that Florida’s Naples area gained 4,900 new private-sector jobs over the year as of July, lowering the region’s unemployment rate by eight-tenths of a percentage point — down to 5.4 percent.

Florida DOH releases Zika update

Floridians will be glad to learn that no new non-travel Zika cases have been reported recently, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) reported from Tallahassee in the latest of its regular updates.

Florida DEP outlays over $550,000 for lagoon preservation

Rushes, weeds, and other marsh plants will actively thrive alongside native marine life on Florida’s coastline, thanks to recent funding from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in Tallahassee dedicated to “living shoreline projects.”

Scott: Pensacola area added 1,400 jobs

In the month of July, Gov. Rick Scott said recently, Florida’s Pensacola region saw an increase of 1,400 new private-sector jobs, lowering the area’s unemployment rate by half a percentage point down to 5.1 percent.

AutoZone expanding to Ocala

With an established Florida presence, automotive product retailer AutoZone plans a brand-new distribution facility in Ocala by 2018 — creating 240 jobs and directing $50 million into the local economy, Gov. Rick Scott announced recently.

FPL crews restore power after Hurricane Hermine

When high winds and rains knocked power out for over 96,000 Florida Power & Light customers, FPL crews were on the ground handling the aftermath and restoring utility service for thousands of residents afterwards.

Florida's FIBA, Special Ops partner on tech for U.S. forces

Tampa’s Florida-Israel Business Accelerator (FIBA), created in 2016 by the Tampa Jewish Community Centers & Federation, recently contracted with the United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM) to produce a series of technological products and services.

Florida’s eZassi boosts team for growth

Cyber scouting is the new marketing tool, and Florida’s eZassi —with unique open innovation software products — is staying on top of its niche, announcing recent appointments and internal structural shifts in preparation for further expansion.

Floridians express doubts about personal fiscal standing

Floridians’ confidence in their own financial status dipped sharply during August, reaching the lowest point in the past year as all five index sectors showed a clear decline, a University of Florida consumer survey revealed.

Scott praises, cautions Floridians following Hermine

After Hurricane Hermine recently made landfall near St. Marks, Florida, Gov. Rick Scott commended the state’s resilience and encouraged residents to continue to cope with damages — including some lingering dangerous conditions — in the storm’s aftermath.

Cross Country Healthcare further expands in Boca Raton

Wielding the traditional giant pair of scissors alongside fellow dignitaries, Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie participated in a recent ribbon-cutting ceremony for Cross Country Healthcare Inc.’s corporate expansion to its new quarters in the city.

FPL crews restore power after Hurricane Hermine

Within hours of Hurricane Hermine’s landfall, Florida Power & Light Company lived up to its promise to restore power to tens of thousands of customers, validating the company’s infrastructure investments to protect against severe weather.

7-Eleven embraces Florida Hispanic chamber

The Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (FSHCC) based in Wellington recently opened the door for aspiring Hispanic entrepreneurs to start up their own 7-Eleven franchises via the organization’s existing trustee membership structure.

Disney’s O’Day delivers to earn Shriver award

Because Disney executive Susan O’Day not only founded and led Florida’s Special Olympics Invitational Golf Tournament but also raised over $3.5 million, she will receive the 2016 Eunice Kennedy Shriver Award at an autumn event.

Orlando Chamber hosts government affairs summit for Florida Chamber

Beginning today and ending tomorrow, Orlando Inc. hosts a Florida Chamber of Commerce conference for local governmental affairs chamber leaders highlighting 2016’s elections and 2017’s legislative session as a branch of the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Emerald Coast’s Premier Property Group adds trio of new agents

The Premier Property Group, based in Miramar Beach, recently revealed its three newest associates for its various local offices located along the Florida Panhandle’s Gulf-side Route 30A: Emily Thurman, Scott Cotner-Young and Jimmy Caden.

Allegiant Airlines brings new flights to Florida

Las Vegas-based Allegiant Airlines recently launched two new air routes to Florida from numerous U.S. destinations, together with extra-low special incentive pricing and the St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) as a primary destination.

FIU business school to tour four Latin American hubs

Students from Miami’s Florida International University (FIU) plan a visit to four key Latin American financial centers — as part of the upcoming World MBA Tour — beginning this month and continuing through early October.

Vet students care for homeless animals in South Florida

Renowned for its shelter-friendly programs, the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine in Gainesville recently teamed with a government-run animal shelter to improve the chances of adoption for homeless animals in South Florida.

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