The Sunshine Economy http://wlrn.org en Sunshine Economy: Going Through The Miami Tunnel http://wlrn.org/post/sunshine-economy-going-through-miami-tunnel <p></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/kIa9Yiq9n4M" width="560"></iframe></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I'd been asked a lot of things in advance of an interview with a source, but the text from Chris Hodgkins was my first wardrobe question: "What size shoes do you wear?"</span></p> Tue, 20 May 2014 12:17:00 +0000 Tom Hudson 32164 at http://wlrn.org Sunshine Economy: Going Through The Miami Tunnel Burgers Before Beer: 5 Questions For Funky Buddha Brewery Co-Owner http://wlrn.org/post/burgers-beer-5-questions-funky-buddha-brewery-co-owner <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">KC </span>Sentz<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and his brother Ryan opened the Funky Buddha Brewery in June of 2013. It was the first production microbrewery in Broward County, and the best known in South Florida. The brewery added a bottling line recently, a milestone for craft breweries, and this May the Sentz brothers announced plans to expand.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Before seeing success as a brewery owner and manager, KC Sentz worked in engineering. But before that, he got his paycheck from Mickey D's.</span></p> Thu, 08 May 2014 17:08:38 +0000 Maria Murriel & Elaine Chen 31916 at http://wlrn.org Burgers Before Beer: 5 Questions For Funky Buddha Brewery Co-Owner Can South Florida Boast Of Having Some Tech Cred? http://wlrn.org/post/can-south-florida-boast-having-some-tech-cred <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The technology industry remains small in South Florida, but it attracts a lot of attention. The promise of high-paying jobs, a highly educated community and a more diversified economy are powerful pulls to develop the tech industry.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">WLRN revisits the effort to grow and attract the technology industry to our region. It's the Sunshine Economy with "The Future Emerging: The Technology Industry in South Florida.”</span></p> Mon, 05 May 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Tom Hudson 31802 at http://wlrn.org Can South Florida Boast Of Having Some Tech Cred? Head To Your Local Brewery For... A Yoga Class? http://wlrn.org/post/head-your-local-brewery-yoga-class <p><em>Click through the photos above.</em></p><p><em>This story originally ran on April 14, 2014.</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Shelah Davis is a professional yoga teacher who spends her 9-to-5 at a fitness studio in Florida City. But since the fall of 2013, she's been hauling her mats to </span>microbreweries<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;from Homestead to Oakland Park.</span></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 02:45:44 +0000 Maria Murriel 30802 at http://wlrn.org Head To Your Local Brewery For... A Yoga Class? The Growth Of Coaching Businesses In South Florida http://wlrn.org/post/growth-coaching-businesses-south-florida <p><em>This story originally aired on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014.</em></p><p>Last year, U.S. consumers spent more than 11 billion dollars on CDs, books, seminars, and&nbsp;coaching&nbsp;all aimed at making some part of their lives better.</p><p>The particular field of one-on-one&nbsp;coaching&nbsp;has grown exponentially since the beginning of the recession in 2007.</p><p>Miami's Dan Silverman grew his&nbsp;coaching&nbsp;business out of something he was doing free at bars all over South Florida.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 17:31:08 +0000 Karen Rundlet 30520 at http://wlrn.org The Growth Of Coaching Businesses In South Florida Charter Schools CEO Started As A Janitor http://wlrn.org/post/charter-schools-ceo-started-janitor <p></p><p>Jon Hage heads the for-profit charter school management company, <a href="http://www.charterschoolsusa.com/" target="_blank">Charter Schools USA (CSUSA)</a>, based in Fort Lauderdale. The company operates 58 schools in seven states across the country, including Florida.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 22:00:42 +0000 Elaine Chen 29920 at http://wlrn.org Charter Schools CEO Started As A Janitor How Non-Brewers Are Using Beer As A Branding Tool http://wlrn.org/post/how-non-brewers-are-using-beer-branding-tool <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The number of </span>microbreweries<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in South Florida could triple by the end of 2015. More brewers are well on their way to setting up shop locally, and from a business perspective, it’s about time: Craft beer has been popular in the U.S. since the mid </span>‘90s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Brewers know South Floridians have a taste for it and they’re excited to bring their flavorful suds to underserved local customers. But it’s not just brewers who recognize these specialty brews as good business.</span></p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 21:36:25 +0000 Karen Rundlet 29841 at http://wlrn.org How Non-Brewers Are Using Beer As A Branding Tool Brew Askew: The Beer Business In South Florida http://wlrn.org/post/brew-askew-beer-business-south-florida <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Up until 2012, there was only one </span>microbrewery<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in South Florida. But after </span>Tequesta<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Brewing Company's first colleague, Due South Brewing Company, opened that summer, more have bubbled up all over.</span></p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 13:10:17 +0000 Maria Murriel 29591 at http://wlrn.org Brew Askew: The Beer Business In South Florida Florida Legislature Considers Beer Growlers, In-Store Tastings http://wlrn.org/post/florida-legislature-considers-beer-growlers-store-tastings <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Half a dozen bills about beer have been filed in the Florida Legislature.</span></p><p>The proposals would essentially do two things: allow certain stores to offer beer tastings - like many already do with wine – and legalize 64-ounce containers of beer.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Florida’s weird packaging laws allow 32-ounce and gallon-sized containers, known as growlers. But 64-ounce growlers are illegal. The law dates back to the prohibition era.</span></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 18:13:21 +0000 Gina Jordan 29460 at http://wlrn.org Florida Legislature Considers Beer Growlers, In-Store Tastings From Farm To Brewery: 5 Questions For Craft-Beer CEO Mike Halker http://wlrn.org/post/farm-brewery-5-questions-craft-beer-ceo-mike-halker <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Before making beer in Palm Beach, Mike </span>Halker<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> served on a bomb squad with the U.S. Army.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That cool under pressure has served him well as the founder and head of </span><a href="http://www.duesouthbrewing.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank"><strong>Due South Brewery</strong></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a craft-beer company based in Boynton Beach.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 06:13:03 +0000 Elaine Chen 29457 at http://wlrn.org From Farm To Brewery: 5 Questions For Craft-Beer CEO Mike Halker Redland's Schnebly: From Wine To Beer To Spirited Expansion http://wlrn.org/post/redlands-schnebly-wine-beer-spirited-expansion <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;text-indent: 36pt;">&nbsp;</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 00:03:05 +0000 Karen Rundlet 29377 at http://wlrn.org Redland's Schnebly: From Wine To Beer To Spirited Expansion Bottoms Up: The Liquor & Wine Business In South Florida http://wlrn.org/post/bottoms-liquor-wine-business-south-florida <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">South Florida may not have the valleys and vineyards of Napa Valley nor the hollows and oak barrels of Kentucky but the wine and liquor industry is here in its own unique way. &nbsp;Think mango wine not chardonnay, rum not bourbon and you've got the idea. &nbsp;</span></p><p>South Floridians can talk about rum the way oenophiles go on about wine. There are the aromas of the rum, the notes and the finish. There may be hints of chocolate, berries or citrus. &nbsp;For many outside of South Florida rum means one company:&nbsp;Bacardi. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 01:31:03 +0000 Tom Hudson 29313 at http://wlrn.org Bottoms Up: The Liquor & Wine Business In South Florida Got Water? http://wlrn.org/post/got-water <div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;</div><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">The good news from last summer's rains is that South Florida's water supply is running above average. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:47:50 +0000 Tom Hudson 28960 at http://wlrn.org Got Water? How to Run—or Ruin—an Economy http://wlrn.org/post/how-run-or-ruin-economy <p></p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 18:00:00 +0000 Joseph Cooper, Bonnie Berman & Paul Leary 28349 at http://wlrn.org How to Run—or Ruin—an Economy Bittersweet: The Sugar Industry In South Florida http://wlrn.org/post/bittersweet-sugar-industry-south-florida <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">Talking about sugar in South Florida is like talking about politics and religion in polite company. Few people are without strong opinions about the sugarcane farms stretching across the eastern Everglades south of Lake Okeechobee. The industry is a mix of government price policies, environmental regulations, trade practices and the demand for food.</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 13:58:30 +0000 Tom Hudson 28333 at http://wlrn.org Bittersweet: The Sugar Industry In South Florida