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Home-based businesses generate $20 billion annually

Home-based businesses generate $20 billion annually

From soaps that look like cupcakes to cupcakes themed around bubble baths, the cottage industry is a multibillion-dollar opportunity for many in the U.S. Local baker Carissa Jones is just one of millions taking part in the cottage industry, the name given to a niche of the economy featuring a variety of home-based businesses.   […]

Florida students consume $59 million in local farm products

Florida students consume $59 million in local farm products

School districts across Florida purchased more than $59 million in Florida agricultural products last school year, and Santa Rosa students chowed down a few of those millions in produce. October has been dubbed National Farm to School Month to celebrate the use of local farmers’ produce in schools and the Florida Department of Agriculture and […]

South county in line for concealed-carry permit office

South county in line for concealed-carry permit office

The Santa Rosa County Tax Collector’s Office started taking appointments Oct. 13 for concealed weapons carry applications and renewals at the Pace branch. Tax Collector Stan Colie Nichols said the service was initially offered in Pace due to logistic requirements, but plans are in the works to bring it to the agency’s Midway location. “Our […]

Dog flu spreading in Florida

Dog flu spreading in Florida

More than a dozen cases of H3N2 Canine Influenza Virus, commonly known as dog flu, have been confirmed in the state of Florida as of May 31, and veterinarians in north and central Florida are seeing additional possible cases. This typically non-fatal virus has been circulating in the U.S. since 2015, but this is the […]

Pesky bloodsuckers on the prowl

Pesky bloodsuckers on the prowl

They prey on the blood of humans, coming out by the light of the moon to hunt for sleeping victims. They can be found anywhere in the world, and they seek out the scent of their prey. They can be difficult to see and even more difficult to kill. These are no fictitious vampires. These […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 10

Five Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 10

AIRPORT SHOOTING SUSPECT GETS PUBLIC DEFENDER IN COURT The Iraq war veteran held in the fatal shooting of five people inside Fort Lauderdale’s airport was appointed a federal public defender on Monday after telling a judge that he has no job and only $5 or $10 in the bank. Esteban Santiago spoke clearly during a […]

Florida growth projections hazardous for land, water use

Florida growth projections hazardous for land, water use

A recent report by state agencies paints a disconcerting picture of the future land and water use in Florida by the year 2070. Created by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, 1000 Friends of Florida, and University of Florida GeoPlan Center “Florida 2070” and “Water 2070” indicates that current population growth trends in the […]

Oyster population poised to thrive again

Oyster population poised to thrive again

Oyster populations are poised to thrive again in the region thanks to the Oyster Cultch Placement Project, a $5.3 million regional plan designed to enhance and improve the oyster populations in Pensacola Bay, St. Andrews Bay and Apalachicola Bay. The project’s most recent focus was on the waters in the Pensacola Bay System in Escambia […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 19

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 19

DESPITE STORMS FLORIDA HURRICANE FUND REMAINS IN GOOD SHAPE Anne Bert, the chief operating officer of the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund, said preliminary estimates predict that the fund will pay out less than $200 million for Hurricane Matthew. Bert said it appears there will likely be only minimal payouts associated with Hurricane Hermine. NEW POOL […]

Mosquito-borne Zika poses travel fears for Miami

Mosquito-borne Zika poses travel fears for Miami

Following reports of 16 non-travel-related transmissions of the Zika virus in the last two weeks in Miami-Dade County Fla., the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a travel advisory for pregnant women and their partners not to travel to Miami. This is the first time in history the CDC has advised against […]

Florida Forest Service recognized for prescribe fire efforts

Florida Forest Service recognized for prescribe fire efforts

The Florida Forest Service was recognized at the national level this month, receiving the Wildfire Mitigation Service Leadership Award for its efforts to create a record-breaking prescribed fire program. The award is the highest commendation for innovation and leadership in wildfire preparedness and mitigation. The awards are given by the National Association of State Foresters, […]