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Fuel becomes key as Floridians flee Irma

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Florida is scrambling to keep up with high demand for gas from people fleeing and preparing for the weekend arrival of powerful and deadly Hurricane Irma.

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Port Tampa Bay slated for $9M in federal budget

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Port Tampa Bay is one of three Florida seaports that could advance harbor deepening projects in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spending plan announced last week. Port Tampa Bay would get $9 million in congressionally-approved discretionary funds, as well as $17.5 million to JAXPORT and $2.8 million for Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale. “Since 2011, we have invested over $1 billion in state funding in our 15 world-class seaports and we appreciate the Trump Administration understanding the important role…

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Report: Port Tampa Bay lagging behind other Florida ports

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Port Tampa Bay is lagging behind other Florida seaports when it comes to the throughput of shipping containers, reports WFTS Tampa Bay. Port Tampa Bay CEO Paul Anderson exuded plenty of positivity during his 2017 State of the Port address, bragging about “over 37 million tons” of containers coming in, and calling the port “the number one port in the state of Florida.” While it is the largest port in the state, land-wise, WFTS reporter Jarrod Holbrook says Port Tampa Bay is…

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Rick Scott to lead domestic trade mission to California in May

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 Gov. Rick Scott is California bound. Scott announced Wednesday he will be leading a domestic trade mission to California in May. While there, the governor is expected to attend the Milken Institute’s Global Conference 2016 and meet with businesses about possibly moving to the Sunshine State. “Our goal is to create the California-to-Florida jobs pipeline,” said Scott in a statement. “As Governor [Jerry] Brown works diligently to drive businesses away from California, Florida can partner in providing locations for job creators who…

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Rick Scott touts growth of four major Florida ports

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Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday announced that recent growth in Florida’s four largest ports has catapulted them further into national prominence. Scott cited a recent report by the Journal of Commerce on the 10 fastest-growing ports in the nation for overall volume of imports and exports, which placed PortMiami and Port of Palm Beach tied for No. 2 in the nation, Port Everglades at No. 7, and Jacksonville’s JAXPORT at No. 8 nationally. The report also listed PortMiami as the No. 4 fastest-growing port for imports as…

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