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Legoland continues Florida’s Boom

Does a theme park of plastic buildings made for the enjoyment of kids impact the value of land, support economic rise through investors and increase employment opportunities?

Yes, it does!

This is what Legoland is expected to do and anticipated to bring into Florida when it opens later this year. Creating about 1,000 jobs, it is yet another testament to Florida’s growth rate which is double the national average.

The theme park career opportunities add up to the other job options flourishing in Florida. Computer and technology, health care and construction trades are likewise making a splash in Florida careers.

I include several useful resources and statisctical information in my book, the Florida Domicile Handbook, that will help you determine whether relocating your business to Florida is worth the investment.

When it comes to fun things to do, Florida residents are never sedentary. With diverse activities available to its equally diverse residents, Florida offers sophisticated shopping destinations, cutural arts attractions, and golf courses scattered throughout the state. This on top of the family favorites of theme parks, beaches to swim in and other water-related activities.

To your advantage, the Florida Domicile Handbook includes many factoids on points of interest around Florida including demographic information and historical facts broken into geographic sections.

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Golden Award

I don’t think that I have ever written about the diverse food choices that can be found in Florida. Diversity can only come naturally in a place that sees many different cultures. And Florida can provide a plethora of dining experiences for every discriminating taste bud. From the exotic to the cultured, Florida is glittered with fabulous restaurants.

The Golden Spoon Award is Florida’s very own award of where to get the best dining experience in town. It is a reliable source of where and what in the world in relation to Florida dining. It’s basically a guide for the unfamiliar traveller or the adventurous resident on where to eat for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

The Golden Spoon Award is given out by the Florida Trend, a monthly magazine and website that relates the defining factors of Florida business. Their latest awardee is The Forge in Miami Beach owned by Shareef Malnik. Dubbed as an eclectic restaurant, it attracts the big time spenders and the regular people alike. From checking your Facebook by a table near the fire to clinking wine glasses of Bordeaux with a five-course meal, this place gives dining a reinvented experience.

There have been more than 60 restaurants that have been awarded the Golden Spoon. They all serve different kinds of food – from Italian, Contemporary, Mediterranean, New Continental, Modern French, Asian, Seafood, Carribean Fusion, Classic American, Coastal, French and various fusions in between. And these restaurants come from everywhere – from Boca Raton to Winter Park. Miami and Miami Beach taking the limelight with 5 Golden Spoon Restaurants in the area. Just looking at the list, you will see the colorful people that dine, drink and celebrate their lives in Florida.

The Golden Spoon also has Hall of Fame list for restaurants that have stood the test of time and have maintained their Golden Spoon Awardee status. Their Best New Restaurants and Golden Brands list – the best restaurant chains in Florida – are also interesting and helpful guides for those looking to taste the finest that Florida has to offer.

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Migration Patterns

In my last blog post, I discussed a little bit about who is moving to Florida. Today, we will talk about what makes them choose us. Here are the top three reasons why Florida is one of the top places to move to in the United States.

Weather
Despite the occasional threat of a hurricane, weather has been a consistent pro on the list of prospective residents. Florida enjoys a tropical climate with only wet and dry seasons. Anywhere you live, beaches are only a short drive away. And unless you choose to visit the swamps, you should have an alligator-free water experience in the sun.

Cost of Living
Although Florida does boast many millionaire residents, you do not have to be one to enjoy the sunshine state. Housing availability is not a problem and rent is competitive, almost half as low as in other states. Florida is also one of eight states that does not impose income tax on its residents. Hence a lot of professionals have chosen to take up permanent residency here.

While there are sensitive issues raised by the effects of immigration in Florida, it cannot be denied that immigration is vital to the economy. In fact, it has been one of the moving forces behind the rise of businesses, housing developments and various job opportunities.

The 5th Season
Florida’s uniqueness extends to another season, Snowbird Season. This typically runs from November to April and brings over a million seasonal residents. These numbers are expected to rise pending the approach of the Baby Boomers’ retiring age. These seasonal residents bring with them unprecedented impact on the economy and quality of life. For established businesses, the possibilities are endless.

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Who is in Florida?

Florida is the swimming capital of the US with 700 miles of swimmable beaches. It is a highly tropical state known for its beautiful unspoiled beaches and equally beautiful natural parks and preserved habitats. It also has a bustling infrastructure, and so for new residents, it’s the perfect location to buy a home.

But who are the Floridians? What composes this fun, free, state of sunshine, beaches and residents who do not have to pay state income tax?

Florida has a population of 18 million and has 7 million households. See the interesting mix of people that roam the streets of Florida:

Florida State Population

According to the 2010 Census numbers, Florida’s population has increased 3 million in the last 10 years. By 2030, population is forecast to grow to 23 million from the 18 million of 2010.

Although the recession greatly affected the migration rates, the flow of migrants has once again stabilized. Diversity is increasing and with it, the growth of the State to accommodate and to cater to the needs of its new residents. Housing developments are the first to respond to the influx of people who want to retain domicile in Florida, growing to 23.1% over the last decade.

Florida has seen a rise in professionals as well. In 2009, a survey revealed that experienced physicians set up shop in Florida, preferring Florida as a state with no income tax. With the many financial benefits of living in Florida, it is no wonder that financial services are better here than anywhere else in the United States.

With I-75 as a quick convenient route, drawing in visitors and residents from the Midwest and I-95 drawing visitors and residents from the Northeast, Florida sees 82 million tourists per year. And 1,000 people choose to take up permanent residency each day. And who can blame them? After a lifetime of hard work and cold winters, who would not want to spend their days relaxing on the beach with a cold drink in hand?

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Powering Florida – How prepared are our Nuclear Plants?

Currently, there are five nuclear power plants in Florida that provide 15% of our state’s energy:

  • Turkey Point Station Unit 3
  • Turkey Point Station Unit 4
  • St Lucie Plant Unit 1
  • St Lucie Plant Unit 2
  • Crystal River Power Plant

The first four are owned by Florida Power and Light Co. (FPL) while the fifth is owned by Progress Energy Inc. FPL, being the major producer of nuclear energy in Florida, powers 4.5 million homes and offices using 19% of nuclear power in the electricity they provide. On the other hand, Progress Energy Inc. provides energy to more than 1.6 million households and businesses.

After what happened to Japan’s nuclear power plant, it isn’t a surprise that Governor Rick Scott initiated a close inspection of Florida’s nuclear power plants.

How do our plants differ?

Aside from the fact that US nuclear power plants are designed to withstand great seismic hazards, safety precautions are implicit. Backup generators are stored in concrete, steel-reinforced buildings built above sea level which can power the cooling system for seven days. Should a hurricane occur, the backup generators are safe from flooding.

Secondly, spent fuel is stored in a separate building from the reactor to avoid fire accidents if the reactors should be shaken by a hurricane or extreme flood.

The major and probably the most defining difference is the kind of water the reactors use. Japan’s power plant uses a boiling water reactor while all Florida power plants use pressurized water reactor systems. Aside from the way the steam is produced, the most important boon of a pressurized water reactor is that the produced steam is nonradioactive.

Although it is said that Florida is safe from tsunamis as recently seen in Japan, our nuclear power plants have taken this and every other possible natural phenomena into consideration when these plants were designed and constructed. Safety is a priority, as it should be. Periodic checks into backup systems are being done to ensure that each plant is equipped with the proper safety measures.

The Florida Domicile Handbook includes interesting facts about Florida including history, popular destinations, amusement parks, golf courses, beaches, state parks, and demographic information for each corridor.