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Direct Flights Start Between Orlando and Dubai

Sep 1, 2015
Adrian Pingstone

A plane carrying 300 passengers is expected to touch down at Orlando International Airport this morning from Dubai. The flight marks the launch of daily trips on Emirates airlines.

The Dubai-based company expects the 15-and-a-half-hour non-stop flight to encourage Floridians to venture overseas, and to bring more business to Central Florida from Asia and Africa. Emirates vice president of sales Matthias Schmid.

NOAA's National Ocean Service

On July 2, the federal government and the Gulf Coast states of Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas announced an $18.7 billion dollar settlement for claims against BP related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  If approved by a judge, it would be the largest environmental settlement and the largest civil settlement with any single entity in U.S. history.  Florida’s share of the settlement totals $3.25 billion. Florida’s $2 billion allocation for economic loss claims is more than any other state received with the additional $1.25 billion going toward addressing environmental damage.

The Minnesota-based American Public Media Group is still not commenting on reports that it will sell the three local radio stations that make up Classical South Florida - those include WKCP in Miami and WPBI in Palm Beach County. The trade publication “Current” reported the stations will sell to a religious broadcasting company from California. The sale - and how the sale happened - is making waves in South Florida.

Big Sugar Summit

Jun 17, 2015
Geoffrey Wiseman via Flickr

The Sierra Club will hold a day-long Summit on Big Sugar June 20 in West Palm Beach. Ahead of the summit, we’ll take a closer look at the history and growth of Florida’s $500 million a year sugar industry. We’ll also explore the industry’s impact on the health of Floridians and the Everglades Ecosystem through nutrient-laden runoff, the regular burning of cane fields, and the altered natural flow of water south from Lake Okeechobee through the glades. We’ll also explore opportunities state lawmakers could take to boost Everglades restoration efforts through the purchase of sugar land as well as the sugar industry’s political influence. 

Britt Reints via Flickr Creative Commons

Overcoming the bacterial disease, citrus greening, remains the citrus industry’s most pressing challenge, but there’s growing optimism among growers in Southwest Florida.  That was the main message from the Gulf Citrus Growers Association’s 29th annual meeting in Immokalee June 3.