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Fifty-four businesses from seven counties have alerted the state they have suffered some form of economic damage from toxic green algae coating waterways in parts of Florida.

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Desmond Hanks is making alterations to a blue velvet crop top at his sewing machine.

It’s prom season and his Miami apartment doubles as his workspace

Prom dresses in various stages of finish are everywhere--in the living room, hanging on hallway walls and in bags waiting for pick-up.

Most of his clients are high-school girls, but middle schools and even pre-schools are also throwing proms this time of year.

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The tourists keep coming, but many locals stay away from Ocean Drive.

People living in Miami Beach will tell you that Ocean Drive has turned into a carnival of rowdy crowds, petty crime and non-stop noise from cruising cars and bars along the street.

Mitch Novick, a longtime preservationist and owner of the Sherbrooke Hotel, just around the corner from Ocean Drive, says the street has become a “free-for-all for bad behavior.”

Shoe Retail Chain Traffic Inc. Files For Bankruptcy

Jan 8, 2016

 

There's a Traffic shoe store at almost every mall in South Florida. It’s the store with broken columns at the entrance where the inside resembles ancient Greece.

Unfortunately for bargain show lovers, the fate of the store may soon match its motif.

Traffic Incorporated filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this week, citing increasing pressure from online shopping.

The Miami-Dade County-based retailer operates 83 stores in malls across nine states and Puerto Rico. It also sells its teen fashion products at trafficshoe.com.

Since President Obama opened a door to Cuba, there's been progress in the past year. Americans can travel there. The two countries reopened their embassies and have agreed to re-establish commercial air travel.

But on the financial front, progress has been slow. After a year, there's just one U.S. financial institution doing business with Cuba — and it's a small bank in Pompano Beach, Fla.

Most Americans Are No Longer Middle Class

Dec 10, 2015

Most Americans are no longer in the middle class, according to the Pew Research Center. The country has about 120.8 million adults living in middle-income households, a new Pew study found. That compares with the 121.3 million who are living in either upper- or lower-income households.

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The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday approved a proposed ballot initiative that seeks to expand the use of solar energy, moving the state one step closer to a fierce political battle next year.

Lawmakers Seek To Legalize Industrial Hemp

Oct 20, 2015

Two Democratic lawmakers have breathed new life into an effort to legalize hemp as an agricultural crop in Florida. Proponents of the program are pitching it as an economic boost to Florida.

Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio vowed Tuesday to cap the number of regulations government can impose on businesses, particularly "on-demand" startups like Uber and Airbnb that he considers models for a changing national economy.

Speaking in New York City to tech enthusiasts, Rubio praised the "disruptive" companies but said such businesses and the people who work for them are unfairly burdened by a meddlesome and "out of touch" government.

Florida agriculture officials have declared a state of emergency in Miami-Dade County, where an Oriental fruit fly infestation has the potential to attack hundreds of crops.

In a news release Tuesday, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said the first fruit fly was detected Aug. 26. Since then, 158 flies have been detected, many in the Redland area of the county.

Fruit flies lay eggs in fruits and vegetables. They're considered one of the world's most serious pests due to the potential economic harm. The fly attacks more than 430 different fruits, vegetables and nuts.

The Struggle Is Real For Florida Avocados

Aug 18, 2015
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Dr. Edward “Gilly” Evans does not hide his avocado bias.

“I mean, if you’re really an avocado eater then a ‘green-skin’ avocado is the way to go,” says the University of Florida agricultural economist.

America may have fallen in love with avocado, but it has not fallen for Florida’s avocado just yet. The Sunshine State specializes in what’s called the green-skin avocado. It comes in all kinds of shapes and sizes, but generally speaking, green-skins are bigger, a brighter green and have smoother skin than the Hass variety of avocado.

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If you drive on Gratigny Parkway this weekend, try not to get too distracted by the wakeboarders soaring through the air at Amelia Earhart Park.

They may be hard to ignore -- they're the best in the country.

Wakeboarders from all over the U.S. are competing this weekend for the Wakeboard National Championships.

The event is a county effort to offer a greater variety of activities at public parks.

American Black Film Fest Returns To Miami For Good

Aug 12, 2015
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The American Black Film Fest has announced its return to Miami Beach for its 20th anniversary next year. 

Originally envisioned as a destination event, founder Jeff Friday says the festival may be ready to settle down here.

Friday cited Miami’s “culture, logistics, and accessibility” as fitting the needs of the festival’s community, and as the main reason for his decision to choose the city as a permanent home.

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It's not only about shaming. Some restaurant owners and chefs in South Florida use their social media accounts to vent about competitors, try to locate dine-and-dashers and, yes, trash bad reviewers. 

Whether it's a personal profile or the brand's account, commenters seem to stand by the posters putting their guests on blast.

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A new study says South Floridians are swimming in credit card debt. Maybe drowning in it.

CreditCards.com, a self-described “online credit card marketplace,” looked at average debt versus median income for 25 major metropolitan areas to determine a region’s credit card debt burden.

The Miami metropolitan area had the fourth worst debt burden in the country.

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