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Sarasota County Commission hears more details about potential spring training facility with Atlanta Braves

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More details have emerged about the negotiations between the Atlanta Braves and Sarasota County, which could lead to the creation of a new spring training facility and year-round academy by 2019. “We’re hopeful that we come to a conclusion that benefits both parties, that is creative and beneficial, that is win-win for both parties,” said John Schuerholz, the vice chairman of the Braves, speaking to the board on Tuesday. The proposed 9,000 seat stadium (6,500 fixed seats and 2,500 general admission) that would be constructed in…

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Disney gives employees a peek at New Water Show

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Walt Disney World’s employees, their friends and family were given a preview Sunday of their newest water light show. “Rivers of Light” was originally scheduled to open in April but was delayed because of technical problems. The 18-minute show did require a reboot when two floats stopped during the show but the technology worked for the high-shooting water projections at Animal Kingdom, according to Disney blogger John Frost. Audience members were not allowed to photograph or video the water pageant.…

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Hong Kong Disneyland plans $1.4 billion expansion

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The Walt Disney Co. announced plans for a $1.4 billion expansion at Hong Kong Disneyland. The company’s first venture into the Chinese market opened in 2005 and never thrilled locals. The plan signals Disney’s commitment to the theme park’s success by adding more attractions to lure bigger crowds. “We are more excited than ever about the future of Hong Kong Disneyland,” said Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “This proposed expansion brings the best of The Walt…

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Holiday retail forecast bright

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Forecasters are predicting a robust holiday shopping season for Florida retailers. The Florida Retail Federation, the trade association representing the state’s retailers, is predicting a 4 percent increase in sales for Sunshine State retailers, expected to outpace the national average of between 3.3 and 3.5 percent. Florida benefits from 100 million tourists visiting the state during the 61-day holiday shopping season from November through December. Surveys consistently list shopping as one of the top vacation activities. “Florida’s economy remains strong,…

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GOP governors gather amid push for ‘disruptive change’

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The country’s Republican governors are meeting in battleground Florida with what many of them see as an opportunity for “disruptive” changes to wrest power from Washington and rework health care following the election of Donald Trump. Wisconsin’s Scott Walker, the incoming chairman of the Republican Governors Association, said Tuesday on MSNBC that Trump elevates “the possibilities in terms of what we can do to take power out of Washington and send it back to the states” and more importantly “back…

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Frank Artiles maintains strong fundraising edge in SD 40

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Republican Rep. Frank Artiles held a strong fundraising edge in the SD 40 race with $183,000 on hand the week before Florida’s primary election. Although Artiles did not face a primary challenger, he brought in $25,720 and spent $48,450 between Aug. 13 and Aug. 25. Expenses mainly went toward canvassing and printing, including more than $20,000 in payments to Miami-based Green Point Group and another $6,500 to Doral-based Vision Concepts Ink. At the end of the reporting period, he had…

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Donald Trump seeks distance from donation supporting Pam Bondi

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Donald Trump spoke to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi before his charity cut a 2013 check to support her re-election effort, but his campaign said Tuesday the two never discussed whether her office would join a lawsuit against Trump University. Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks clarified details of the conversation one day after the Republican presidential candidate said he never spoke to Bondi about the issue, without providing specifics. Bondi, also a Republican, has endorsed Trump’s White House bid. “I never…

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