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Sanibel City Hall overflowed Tuesday with residents commenting on a new restaurant they say could change the island just a little too much.

In most places in rapidly growing Southwest Florida an application for a 250 seat restaurant would pass almost unnoticed.

But Sanibel Island  aims to be a sanctuary  with residents fiercely protective of  its image as an unspoiled paradise.

The 2015 Southwest Florida Sustainability Summit takes place April 30th. The event brings together a broad spectrum of local experts for a series of panel discussions and workshops related to planning for a sustainable future for the region. This year’s theme is, “Quality of Life for Today & Tomorrow.” We’ll hear from event speakers and organizers with a focus on exploring the current status and future potential growth of Southwest Florida’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) industries. We’ll also look at local STEM education initiatives from elementary school through higher education for a look at how we’re preparing students to enter careers in STEM fields. We’ll also explore how STEM growth relates to the greater goals of sustainability and a strategic sustainability plan for Southwest Florida. 

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A bill to extend the state's gambling agreement with the Seminole tribe by a year has made it through a Senate committee. But, along the way, it picked up some gambling expansion amendments that cost it some support. 

Market Outlook 2015

Apr 1, 2015
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Florida Gulf Coast University hosts the Market Outlook 2015 Conference April 3. The annual forum brings together economic experts, students and the local business community for a review and in depth analysis of the local, regional and national economies. The event also includes projections for what’s expected to be a rapidly changing economic scene in the coming year. This year’s speakers include Federal Reserve Bank Executive Vice President and Director of Research, David Altig along with Fannie Mae Chief Economist and Senior Vice President Douglas Duncan. We’ll explore the latest information and insights on the regional and national economies. 

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A recent report said the Sunshine State makes its lowest wage earners pay much more of their income in taxes than its top earners.