Enterprise Florida

Symposium shines economic light on Northwest Florida

Symposium shines economic light on Northwest Florida

Movers and shakers of Northwest Florida convened in Miramar Beach April 17-18 with the intent of growing economic success in the region during the 22nd Gulf Power Economic Symposium, held at Baytowne Conference Center at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort. This year’s theme was Our Time. Our Place. Our Now! Read the full article in the […]

State probe of Gulf Breeze may take months

State probe of Gulf Breeze may take months

  After three months of sifting through tips from would-be sources, state auditors are still trying to decide how far and deep their planned look into City of Gulf Breeze operations will be. The Florida Auditor General’s staff had planned to set up shop at Gulf Breeze City Hall by the end of March, but […]

Budget cuts send chill through tourist industry

Budget cuts send chill through tourist industry

Tallahassee budget cuts could have negative economic impacts close to home. Despite far higher proposals by Gov. Rick Scott, state economic development partnership Enterprise Florida and tourism marketing agency Visit Florida will see sharp funding reductions under the budget passed last week by the Florida House of Representatives and Senate. Read the full article in […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for March 7

Five Things to Know in Florida for March 7

MARGARITAVILLE KING JIMMY BUFFET LAUNCHES RETIREMENT VILLAGE Latitude Margaritaville — named after Buffet’s best-known song, “Margaritaville — will open its first community in Daytona Beach for “those looking to live the Margaritaville lifestyle as they grow older, but not up,” according to a press release. Current plans call for walkable neighborhoods, a fitness center and […]

Fear of lawmakers’ retribution questioned

Fear of lawmakers’ retribution questioned

Don’t be a “Fraidy Cat.” That’s what current and former lawmakers advise in response to the recent timidity of Santa Rosa County Commission Chairman Rob Williamson about supporting resolutions that oppose bills backed by influential Tallahassee legislators. Williamson expressed concerns twice last week about two requests for board resolutions—written statements in disagreement with proposed new […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 22

Five Things to Know in Florida for Feb. 22

FLORIDA HOUSE PUSHES AHEAD WITH BID TO DISMANTLE PROGRAMS A divided House panel on Tuesday voted for a bill that would eliminate Enterprise Florida and cut back spending on tourism advertising. The contentious legislation moves to the full House, which is expected to take up the bill in March. The measure is a top priority […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Dec. 1

Five Things to Know in Florida for Dec. 1

NOAA: HURRICANE HUNTER PLANES MOVE FROM TAMPA TO LAKELAND NOAA announced the new home Wednesday for its two Lockheed WP-3D Orion “hurricane hunter” aircraft, along with its Gulfstream IV-SP. The planes fly in and around tropical storms to measure their intensity and forecast their path. DOLPHINS PLAYER LEON ORR CUT AFTER ARREST ON DRUG CHARGES […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 11

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 11

SeaWorld Orlando’s new shark-themed coaster opening in June Mako, the park’s first new high-thrill ride in seven years, is being billed as the tallest, longest and fastest roller coaster in Orlando. It opens to park-goers June 10. Mako, named after one of the fastest and most powerful sharks in the ocean, will be the centerpiece […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 26

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 26

SMALL PLANE CRASHES INTO FLORIDA HOUSE WITH 3 ABOARD Pompano Beach Fire Rescue spokeswoman Sandra King was quoted by the Sun Sentinel that no one inside the house was injured when the plane hit it Monday afternoon. King said one woman and two men were inside the Hawker Beechcraft 76, and they were all in […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Mar. 29

Five Things to Know in Florida for Mar. 29

FLORIDA DROPS COMPLAINTS AGAINST ABORTION CLINICS Court documents show the Agency for Health Care Administration last Friday asked an administrative judge to dismiss complaints first filed last year against clinics located in St. Petersburg, Naples and Fort Myers. The state alleged that the clinics had performed second-trimester abortions that violated their licenses. Planned Parenthood representatives […]

Tough Mudder’s grant money reduced

Tough Mudder’s grant money reduced

The state grant funding sought by Santa Rosa County to promote Tough Mudder Inc.’s military-style endurance event in April will be limited to about one-third of the requested $30,000. “It’s based on the state funds we have available this year through Enterprise Florida and the other grant requests that we have,” said Lisa Osteen, director […]