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Cuba is not an easy place to buy things. Food is rationed, wages are low, and the black market is a way of life.

But now, Cubans can buy shirts with those little alligators on them at Lacoste. Or at L'Occitane en Provence, face cream for $162.40 an ounce. Or watches in the $10,000s.

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Starting in 1938, the S&S Diner on Northeast Second Avenue served the Miami community and its visitors - until it just couldn’t any longer. The diner closed in September after long-time owner Simon Elbaz was evicted, losing a year-long legal battle with the original property owners over a lease.

But there’s good news for fans who remember those fluffy pancakes, or the roasted turkey that was traditionally served every Tuesday. The S&S Diner found yet another corner retreat on 2699 Biscayne Boulevard, just a couple blocks from its original venue.

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Felecia Hatcher and Derick Pearson started their nonprofit Code Fever Miami three years ago.

The husband and wife duo wanted to use their background in math, science and marketing to support entrepreneurs of color in South Florida and to connect them to the start-up and tech scene.

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Businesses and entrepreneurs, it's your chance to shape greater Miami's future.

 

That's the message of chief resiliency officers from Miami-Dade, Miami Beach and the city of Miami, as they put together a plan to address challenges from affordability to Zika.

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Donald Trump has famously called climate change a hoax. That kind of talk doesn’t just worry scientists and environmentalists; it's also of concern for many American businesses. And they’re letting the new president know it.

Like Mars — the candy company behind M&M’s, Snickers, Twix and Skittles — which recently made a plea to the new president to continue with policies and international commitments to fight climate change.

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.

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