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Cuba Ban Unlikely to Damage Florida’s $8 Billion Cruise Industry

June 17, 2019 - 7:30am
Cruise ship docked at Port of Old Havana

From Florida docks to Wall Street stocks, the Trump administration's new restrictions on travel to Cuba have fostered confusion and, in some cases, impromptu itinerary changes for passengers on Havana-bound cruise ships at sea.

But despite the loss of a new port-of-call that was gaining in popularity, the Cuba travel ban should have little overall impact on Florida’s $8 billion a year cruise industry.

The U.S. Commerce Department says that passenger and recreational vessels and private and corporate aircraft no longer will be allowed to travel to Cuba.

Scott-Era Blind Trust Loophole Is No More

June 11, 2019 - 7:00am
Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis

The Florida blind trust law that allowed multi-millionaire former Gov. Rick Scott – now U.S. Sen. Rick Scott – to place investments in blind trusts that aren't open to the public is no more.

Scott’s successor, Gov. Ron DeSantis, has signed a bill unanimously approved by both Florida chambers during the legislative session that prohibits public officials from placing assets in blind trusts while in office.

Nothing personal, DeSantis said.

House Bill HB 6041 “makes sense,” he said, adding his endorsement does not mean he believes Scott abused the blind trust law.

Airbnb Policies No Longer Reflect Anti-Semitism; Company's about to Get Florida Back

June 4, 2019 - 7:30am

Airbnb is now back in the good graces of the Sunshine State and could be formally removed from Florida’s list of “scrutinized” companies in June.

Airbnb, which lists more 45,000 Florida properties on its website, in November eliminated listings of about 200 properties on the West Bank, a flash point in Israeli-Palestinian relations. The settlements are considered illegal under international law, but Israel disputes that determination.

Four Days, 20 Trade Pacts between Florida-Israeli Business, Tech, Academic Groups

May 31, 2019 - 7:00am
Tel Aviv skyline

Four days into Florida’s six-day trade mission to Israel, about 20 cooperative economic agreements have been signed between state government, business, trade, academic, technology and tourist organizations and corresponding entities in the Jewish state.

Among the most far-reaching for Florida small businesses could be the “Memorandum of Understanding” [MOU] signed between the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce and the Israel-America Chamber of Commerce at the Israel-America Business Summit.

As Morgan Continues Popping Off at '#Fraudster' Gillum, Biden Cashes in

May 24, 2019 - 9:00am
Joe Biden, John Morgan and Andrew Gillum

Lead Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden was feted by Orlando trial attorney John Morgan Tuesday in a fundraiser at his Lake Mary home, where a large crowd -- who paid $1,000 to as much as $25,000 each -- contributed $1.3 million to his 2020 campaign.

The fundraiser was the second Morgan has organized for Biden and the second this week in Florida for the former vice president, who netted another $400,000 at a Monday campaign event hosted by developer Michael Adler in Coral Gables.

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