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The Sunshine Economy, takes a fresh look at the key industries transforming South Florida into a regional powerhouse. From investments in health care, storm preparedness, international trade, real estate and technology based start-ups, tune in to learn more about one of the worlds most vibrant and diverse economies.

Latest Episodes

Convenience Stores In The Sunshine Economy

The list of names reads like a busy rest stop on the Turnpike. 7-11. Circle K. Thortons. Sunshine Distributors. RaceTrac. Cumberland Farms. Wawa. Add Buc-ee's to the list of convenience store chains expanding in Florida. When the Texas company broke ground on its first store in Florida last month, i t was deemed an important enough addition to the Florida economy that Gov. Ron DeSantis was there with shovel in hand, hard hat on his head and the Buc-ee beaver mascot next to him. Buc-ee's enters a

40 MIN1 w ago
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Convenience Stores In The Sunshine Economy

The Sunshine Economy: Climate Risk and Credit

Ask any consumer — good credit goes a long way. It works the same for local governments. Increasingly investors in the bonds of local governments want to know more about the risks those cities and counties face from climate change, and how those risks could affect the governments’ ability to repay their debts. "Investors and issuers are all very interested in the topic of climate and climate resilience among state and local governments at a level that seems to just be growing by the day," said

41 MIN2 w ago
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The Sunshine Economy: Climate Risk and Credit

The Sunshine Economy: Trade With China

A yellow line on the floor in one of Andres Ochoa's warehouses is the difference between struggling with higher costs and competing for new customers. The line denotes a Foreign Trade Zone inside the warehouses of SAP USA Truck and Auto Parts in Miami. The zone has shielded SAP from the trade war between the U.S. and China. " A free trade zone means that product has entered the country without having duties or tariffs paid, and it's being held in a bonded facility," Ochoa said. "There's that

39 MIN3 w ago
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The Sunshine Economy: Trade With China

College Costs In The Sunshine Economy

" If you're a full time student, about $2,400 a year." "Roughly, $3,400 a semester." "All in, it's about $50,000." That’s just the range of tuition across three schools in South Florida — Broward College, Florida International University and the University of Miami — as described by their leaders. The costs highlight the spectrum of higher education in South Florida — a region with one of the largest college student populations among American metropolitan areas. More than 350,000 people are

41 MINSEP 16
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College Costs In The Sunshine Economy

Carnival Corp. Boss On Environmental Rules, Cuba, And Cruise Technology

Arnold Donald says he planned to be in federal court on June third in Miami. That was the date of a hearing in front of a judge overseeing the probation of the company he leads -- Carnival Corporation. The company plead guilty in 2016 to several pollution charges and in 2017 it was put on five years probation. One of the conditions of the probation was that a court-appointed monitor would watch over the company’s environmental practices. In the first year of probation, the monitor found several

36 MINSEP 10
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Carnival Corp. Boss On Environmental Rules, Cuba, And Cruise Technology

Carnival Corp. Boss: 'There Were Some Gaps' In Environmental Oversight

Arnold Donald admits there were gaps in how the world's largest cruise ship operator followed environmental rules. " Clearly there were some gaps in this system," Donald told WLRN's Sunshine Economy during a recent interview in his office at Carnival's headquarters in Doral. It was Donald's first public comment since agreeing to pay a $20 million fine and plead guilty to six violations of the company's probation in June. The violations were detailed in a probation report from a court appointed

4 MINAUG 27
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Carnival Corp. Boss: 'There Were Some Gaps' In Environmental Oversight

Trulieve In The Sunshine Economy: Medical Marijuana And Money

Kim Rivers' dad was a Jacksonville Sheriff's deputy while she was growing up. For a time, he was working with an undercover narcotics unit. Today, Rivers leads the largest seller of legal marijuana in Florida, as the CEO of Trulieve. The company was the first to have medical marijuana dispensaries in the state, and now has the most. Revenues grew 400 percent last year to more than $100 million and sales are expected to more than double this year. It has bought dispensaries in California and

48 MINMAY 22
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Trulieve In The Sunshine Economy: Medical Marijuana And Money

The Business of Cannabis In The Sunshine Economy

Business from cannabis is growing fast in Florida; some of it regulated tightly, and some of it without rules. But all of it comes with cash that the banking industry is reluctant to touch. The first legal industrial hemp seeds in decades are growing now in South Florida soil. CBD is showing up in ice cream, gummy bears and cocktails, but the state says the products are illegal. And millions of dollars are being generated by the medical marijuana industry in Florida, but few banks want the money

47 MINMAY 15
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The Business of Cannabis In The Sunshine Economy

State Spending In The Sunshine Economy

Florida lawmakers have finished their work for the year. The 60-day legislative session had to have a few extra hours on Saturday for them to okay a $91.1 billion state budget.

49 MINMAY 9
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State Spending In The Sunshine Economy

The Sunshine Economy: Building Boat Sharing Company Boatsetter

For several years, South Florida has been working on its technology credentials. Tech incubators, accelerators, pitch competitions and other efforts have worked to nurture and grow the technology industry, especially tech start-ups. Last year, South Florida pulled in more investment money and more investment deals than any other area in the Southeastern U.S., according to technology conference eMerge Americas, the Knight Foundation and FIU. (While the region attracted $1.4 billion in venture

48 MINMAY 1
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The Sunshine Economy: Building Boat Sharing Company Boatsetter

Latest Episodes

Convenience Stores In The Sunshine Economy

The list of names reads like a busy rest stop on the Turnpike. 7-11. Circle K. Thortons. Sunshine Distributors. RaceTrac. Cumberland Farms. Wawa. Add Buc-ee's to the list of convenience store chains expanding in Florida. When the Texas company broke ground on its first store in Florida last month, i t was deemed an important enough addition to the Florida economy that Gov. Ron DeSantis was there with shovel in hand, hard hat on his head and the Buc-ee beaver mascot next to him. Buc-ee's enters a

40 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Convenience Stores In The Sunshine Economy

The Sunshine Economy: Climate Risk and Credit

Ask any consumer — good credit goes a long way. It works the same for local governments. Increasingly investors in the bonds of local governments want to know more about the risks those cities and counties face from climate change, and how those risks could affect the governments’ ability to repay their debts. "Investors and issuers are all very interested in the topic of climate and climate resilience among state and local governments at a level that seems to just be growing by the day," said

41 MIN2 w ago
Comments
The Sunshine Economy: Climate Risk and Credit

The Sunshine Economy: Trade With China

A yellow line on the floor in one of Andres Ochoa's warehouses is the difference between struggling with higher costs and competing for new customers. The line denotes a Foreign Trade Zone inside the warehouses of SAP USA Truck and Auto Parts in Miami. The zone has shielded SAP from the trade war between the U.S. and China. " A free trade zone means that product has entered the country without having duties or tariffs paid, and it's being held in a bonded facility," Ochoa said. "There's that

39 MIN3 w ago
Comments
The Sunshine Economy: Trade With China

College Costs In The Sunshine Economy

" If you're a full time student, about $2,400 a year." "Roughly, $3,400 a semester." "All in, it's about $50,000." That’s just the range of tuition across three schools in South Florida — Broward College, Florida International University and the University of Miami — as described by their leaders. The costs highlight the spectrum of higher education in South Florida — a region with one of the largest college student populations among American metropolitan areas. More than 350,000 people are

41 MINSEP 16
Comments
College Costs In The Sunshine Economy

Carnival Corp. Boss On Environmental Rules, Cuba, And Cruise Technology

Arnold Donald says he planned to be in federal court on June third in Miami. That was the date of a hearing in front of a judge overseeing the probation of the company he leads -- Carnival Corporation. The company plead guilty in 2016 to several pollution charges and in 2017 it was put on five years probation. One of the conditions of the probation was that a court-appointed monitor would watch over the company’s environmental practices. In the first year of probation, the monitor found several

36 MINSEP 10
Comments
Carnival Corp. Boss On Environmental Rules, Cuba, And Cruise Technology

Carnival Corp. Boss: 'There Were Some Gaps' In Environmental Oversight

Arnold Donald admits there were gaps in how the world's largest cruise ship operator followed environmental rules. " Clearly there were some gaps in this system," Donald told WLRN's Sunshine Economy during a recent interview in his office at Carnival's headquarters in Doral. It was Donald's first public comment since agreeing to pay a $20 million fine and plead guilty to six violations of the company's probation in June. The violations were detailed in a probation report from a court appointed

4 MINAUG 27
Comments
Carnival Corp. Boss: 'There Were Some Gaps' In Environmental Oversight

Trulieve In The Sunshine Economy: Medical Marijuana And Money

Kim Rivers' dad was a Jacksonville Sheriff's deputy while she was growing up. For a time, he was working with an undercover narcotics unit. Today, Rivers leads the largest seller of legal marijuana in Florida, as the CEO of Trulieve. The company was the first to have medical marijuana dispensaries in the state, and now has the most. Revenues grew 400 percent last year to more than $100 million and sales are expected to more than double this year. It has bought dispensaries in California and

48 MINMAY 22
Comments
Trulieve In The Sunshine Economy: Medical Marijuana And Money

The Business of Cannabis In The Sunshine Economy

Business from cannabis is growing fast in Florida; some of it regulated tightly, and some of it without rules. But all of it comes with cash that the banking industry is reluctant to touch. The first legal industrial hemp seeds in decades are growing now in South Florida soil. CBD is showing up in ice cream, gummy bears and cocktails, but the state says the products are illegal. And millions of dollars are being generated by the medical marijuana industry in Florida, but few banks want the money

47 MINMAY 15
Comments
The Business of Cannabis In The Sunshine Economy

State Spending In The Sunshine Economy

Florida lawmakers have finished their work for the year. The 60-day legislative session had to have a few extra hours on Saturday for them to okay a $91.1 billion state budget.

49 MINMAY 9
Comments
State Spending In The Sunshine Economy

The Sunshine Economy: Building Boat Sharing Company Boatsetter

For several years, South Florida has been working on its technology credentials. Tech incubators, accelerators, pitch competitions and other efforts have worked to nurture and grow the technology industry, especially tech start-ups. Last year, South Florida pulled in more investment money and more investment deals than any other area in the Southeastern U.S., according to technology conference eMerge Americas, the Knight Foundation and FIU. (While the region attracted $1.4 billion in venture

48 MINMAY 1
Comments
The Sunshine Economy: Building Boat Sharing Company Boatsetter