Will Florida have a new state bird? Three bills were filed in Tallahassee to replace Mockingbird

Mockingbird – Courtesy: Image by Bonnie Taylor Barry TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Mockingbird has been Florida’s state bird since 1927, and now 94 years later, the Sunshine State has filed three bills to change it. In September, Tampa State Senator Jeff Brandes filed Senate Concurrent Resolution “rescinding the designation of the mockingbird as the state

The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee has plenty of tech features & luxury appeal

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee – Courtesy: Jeep The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee will have refreshed exterior styling and receive three new trim offerings that include the Summit 4xe, the first electrified Trailhawk 4xe model, and a gasoline-powered Trailhawk, updated for 2022. Ever since 1992, the Grand Cherokee name has given drivers the perfect mix of

JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa has been named the No. 1 resort in Florida for the third consecutive year

JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa – Courtesy: Image by JW Marriott Website Miami-Dade County is known for having some of the best luxury resorts in Florida, and now, it’s officially home to the very best. Condé Nast Traveler has recently released the results of its annual Readers’ Choice Awards, and for the third

Florida citrus industry sees a difficult season for growers

Citrus Plantation – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by SchnepfDesign Florida’s citrus industry is expected to have one of the lowest production years in decades as it continues to struggle with devastating disease and issues. In the first forecast for the 2021-2022 growing season, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated a nearly 11% drop in orange

Southwest Airlines cancellations cause travel trouble across the nation and South Florida

Southwest Airlines Jet Plane – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by QualityHD Southwest Airlines passengers are still struggling with flight delays across the country and it is impacting those in South Florida. On Monday, Southwest canceled more than 360 flights, which is 10% of its schedule for the day. More than 800 others have been delayed

Weddings flock to Florida — Venues are slammed as U.S. prepares to host 2.5 million wedding ceremonies in 2022

Wedding Set Up – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by weddingvideothailand During the COVID-19 pandemic, hundreds of thousands of weddings were postponed, leaving disappointed brides and grooms stuck with rescheduling multiple times. Now, the Wedding Report has predicted that the highest number of weddings will take place during 2022 since the early 1980s. “We had a

Florida is short more than 5,000 teachers — A combination of the pandemic and low pay are to blame

School Teachers – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Drazen Zigic The Florida teacher shortage has worsened since the beginning of the new school year, with teacher vacancies surging to more than 5,000 according to data collected from the Florida Education Association. According to FEA President Adam Spar, there are also 4,000 openings for other school

Florida eradicates giant snail that can eat houses and give humans meningitis

Giant African Land Snail – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Kurit Afshen Despite its small size of 8-inches, it’s a master of disaster. This snail can give you meningitis all while eating the stucco off your house. But it has officially been eliminated from Florida once again.  On Wednesday, officials announced that the giant African

Cathie Wood’s Ark Invest says goodbye to Wall Street and hello to Florida

ARK Investment Management – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by T. Schneider Cathie Wood’s ARK Investment Management is saying goodbye to the Big Apple and heading for St. Petersburg, Florida, the company announced on Wednesday. The money manager, which primarily focuses on making investments in disruptive innovation while managing the $19.5 billion ARK Innovation ETF (ticker:

South Florida’s housing market is freezing out potential buyers who can’t compete with investors

South Florida – Housing Market – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by pisaphotography In South Florida, home prices continue to surge. The housing market trend has left several homebuyers either unable to find properties or in an all-out bidding war. “I’ve been looking for a home for about two years, it has been a very difficult