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Zika Tourism Effects Could Take Time To Play Out

With Florida battling a Zika virus outbreak in Miami, the full impacts of federal and international travel advisories on the state's tourism industry won't be known for months. The state's tourism-marketing arm Visit Florida, following Gov. Rick Scott and other officials, has maintained a message that Florida is safe and open for business.

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Retailers Optimistic For Shortened Tax Holiday

Parents and other shoppers looking for tax breaks on clothes and school supplies will have to head to the stores this weekend. While Florida’s back-to-school sales tax “holiday” has been scaled back from last year, a major retail-industry organization said it anticipates a rush of traffic for the event, which …

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Florida’s Orange Crop Drops 16 Percent

Florida's citrus season will produce enough oranges to fill 81.5 million 90-pound boxes this year, down nearly 16 percent from the prior season. A major cause for the decrease in oranges has been citrus greening, a disease that is deadly to the crop.

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Scott Pitches Septic Replacement Amid Algae Woes

Money to reduce the use of septic systems will be in Gov. Rick Scott’s proposed budget for next year, as the state grapples with swirling green algae coating waterways in parts of the Treasure Coast. However, incoming Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, said that while cleaning runoff and replacing septic …

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New NE Florida Trauma Center Refuels Fight

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE — In another chapter in a long-running battle, a major Jacksonville hospital is challenging a decision by the Florida Department of Health to allow a rival hospital in Orange Park to open a trauma center. The challenge, filed by UF Health Jacksonville, was sent Wednesday to the …

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