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Citing the economic reality created by the ongoing pandemic, the executive director of the Central Florida Development Council told the Polk County Commission last week he had to slash his annual budget by nearly $200,000 — but also that the agency still plans on spending more than $1 millio…

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HAINES CITY – Although there will not be one of the company’s famous car vending machines at the location, the construction of the new Carvana Auto Inspection and Reconditioning Center in Haines City is well underway. It is expected to open late this year, perhaps in October.

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Front Page Brewing, an upstart brewery in historic downtown Bartow, announced last week that it would reopen its taproom thanks to a partnership with Top Dog Concessions, a local food truck.

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BARTOW – For at least the fourth time since December 2018, Mosaic staff have been mandated to report industrial waste leaks at the Mosaic Bartow Facility, located west of Bartow on the south side of State Road 60.

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State and local tax revenues from hotels will drop an estimated $1.3 billion this year in Florida because of the coronavirus-driven reduction in travel, according to a study released June 18 by the American Hotel & Lodging Association.

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WINTER HAVEN – Originally scheduled for June 5, a major real estate closing between the City of Winter Haven and Caribbean Distillers LLC was recently rescheduled to July 7.

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WINTER HAVEN – Rex Jackson, the general manager at Legoland Florida Resort, met with Vice President Mike Pence, Gov. Ron DeSantis and other leaders within the state’s tourism industry at Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando on Wednesday, May 20.

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POLK COUNTY – During the “Weathering the Storm” webinar hosted April 16 by SVN Saunders Ralston Dantzler, Managing Partner Gary Ralston explained that — according to data he has collected — around half of all retail tenants and around a third of all residential tenants have sought rent relie…

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A spokesperson for Lakeland-based Publix Super Markets, Inc., confirmed on March 26 that the grocery store chain would be installing plexiglass partitions on a companywide basis as part of the response to the spread of COVID-19.

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