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Florida gas prices hit 2023 low

Gas prices in the Sunshine State are the lowest they’ve been all year. AAA says Sunday’s average price of $3.04 a gallon was down 15 cents from a week ago and was the lowest daily average price since late December 2022. “More than half of Florida’s gas stations now have of gas under $3 a gallon,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman for AAA – The Auto Club Group. More from WFLA, WFTV and AAA

Florida’s high-speed rail service can serve as a nationwide travel plan

New, where a new rail line connecting Miami and Orlando provides a significant development in travel options. Brightline’s high-speed rail service — the only private multi-city rail line in the U.S. — launched less than two months ago and is already profitable and seeing ridership growth. Brightline trains, which can reach speeds of 125 miles per hour, saw a 116 percent increase in ridership this year. The company projects to carry approximately 4.3 million passengers annually between South Florida and Orlando by 2025. More from CBS News.

The Brewing Arts Programs at USF St. Petersburg prepare students for the dynamic industry

The University of South Florida’s St. Petersburg campus is making waves in the academic world with its innovative brewing arts program. Serving the growing interest in craft brewing, this unique program combines science, art, and business to provide students with a comprehensive education in the craft beer industry. The curriculum covers everything from the science of fermentation to the ins and outs of beer marketing, positioning graduates for success in a booming field. More from FOX 13.

A Florida island with sugar-white sand beaches enters the top 50 best travel destinations in the world in 2024.

The sound of rolling waves lapping softly on the sugar-white sandy beaches. The water is turquoise and a constant temperature of 80 degrees. A flock of pelicans fly by, low to the beach in a V formation. This is not some remote island in the South Pacific. This is Anna Maria Island in Manatee County, Florida. You won’t find high-rise apartments or hotels in this coastal paradise. There are no corporate restaurants or shopping centers. It’s a destination defined by mom-and-pop and funky storefronts to elegant eateries. More from Action News JAX.

After delays, the water taxi between Anna Maria Island and Bradenton has a new launch date

Rumored for decades, water taxi service between the Bradenton waterfront and Anna Maria Island could begin in time for Thanksgiving. Elliott Falcione, executive director of the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, briefed members of the Manatee County Tourism Development Board on the water taxi plans. The water taxi’s start date has been pushed back several times due to a number of challenges, including finding a vendor, the time it takes to build the boats, negotiating agreements with local government organizations and more. More from the Bradenton Herald.

Mission-driven Apogee Robotics launches personalized companion robot for autistic and neurodivergent people

It is rare to find an entrepreneur who is truly mission-driven and tackles a problem that is so technically, scientifically, and culturally challenging that it has the potential to change the lives of millions of people. Kendall Peterson, founder and CEO of Apogee Robotics, is one of those rare entrepreneurs who has made it his life’s mission to create a better way for neurodivergent people to thrive.

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 Born in Colombia, Maria Barrera moved to South Florida with her mother when she was 10. Although the transition was difficult, she excelled in math and science and taught high school. “I spent six hours every day after school running around Weston, going to different houses and working with students from second grade to seniors. I loved that—it was my happy place.” “On a whim” Barrera applied to top 10 engineering schools and accepted an offer from No. 2 at Stanford, where he earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in mechanical engineering, but also took electives subjects in psychology.

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