Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Fort Lauderdale area added 13,300 new private-sector jobs in the past year, continuing to be among the top five Florida metro areas for private-sector job growth. [Read more…] about Fort Lauderdale Area Created More Than 13,000 New Jobs Over the Year
The Florida Lottery announces that Jesula Gabriel, 56, of Fort Lauderdale, claimed the $2 million LUCKY MONEY™ jackpot from the July 10, 2018, drawing at Florida Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee. She chose to receive her winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $1,435,998.89.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will meet April 25-26 at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott North, 6650 N. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309. Both days are open to the public.
The FWC is committed to providing opportunities for public input at each Commission meeting. As standard practice, the Commission welcomes public input regarding agenda items using the approved speaker registration process and time limits. To accommodate as much input as possible from those attending, the Chairman reserves the right to designate the amount of time given to each speaker, including time donation to other speakers.
The meeting is scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m., and the public will be provided opportunities to speak on agenda items each day. The Commission will also provide time for public comment on subjects not on the agenda at the end the first day, April 25. Those who wish to offer comments during this period will be asked to make sure their comments are not related to any agenda item.
For the full April 25-26 agenda and links to background reports, go to MyFWC.com/Commission and select “Commission Meetings.” Those who cannot attend may follow coverage at Twitter.com/MyFWC (@MyFWC) and join in the conversation by using the #FWC2018 hashtag. Check the Florida Channel for possible live video coverage at TheFloridaChannel.org.
Additionally, the Commission will be meeting separately for a marine fisheries management presentation at the same location on April 24 at 10 a.m. This session is open for public attendance, but there will not be time allotted for public comment. No regulatory decisions will be made.
The Florida Lottery announces that Pedro Hernandez, 49, of Fort Lauderdale, claimed a $1 million prize in the $5,000,000 GOLD RUSH DOUBLER Scratch-Off game at Florida Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee. He chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $745,000.00.
Hernandez purchased his winning ticket from Riverland Food Store, located at 3940 Riverland Road in Fort Lauderdale. The retailer will receive a $2,000 bonus commission for selling the winning Scratch-Off ticket.
The $20 game, $5,000,000 GOLD RUSH DOUBLER, features six top prizes of $5 million, 30 prizes of $1 million, and more than $752 million in total cash prizes! This game offers more than 16.8 million winning tickets, and overall odds of winning are one-in-2.99.
Scratch-Offs are an important part of the Lottery’s portfolio of games, generating more than $784 million for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in FY 2016-17, and comprising approximately 68 percent of ticket sales.
Approximately 700 Floridians attended a public hearing held by the Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) on Tuesday, February 6 at Nova Southeastern University’s Rick Case Arena as part of its, “Road to the Ballot” public hearing tour. At the public hearing, more than 330 individual Floridians requested to speak before the CRC and approximately 700 attended the hearing. The public hearing lasted nearly eight hours and extended past the noticed end time of 7:00 PM. All Floridians who attended the public hearing and wanted to speak were given an opportunity to be heard by the CRC.
To watch the public hearing held in Fort Lauderdale, visit the Florida Channel’s website which has a page dedicated to all CRC public hearings and meetings. A complete transcript of the public hearing and appearance forms will be available online at flcrc.gov as soon as possible. The next public hearings held by the CRC will be on Monday, February 19 in Melbourne and Tuesday, February 20 in Jacksonville. Both public hearings are noticed from 1:00-7:00 PM local time. Visit flcrc.gov/Meetings/PublicHearings for additional details on the upcoming public hearing schedule.
The goal of upcoming public hearings is to give Floridians an opportunity to provide feedback on the 37 proposals under active consideration by the CRC. Public hearings are free events open to all Floridians who would like to attend. No tickets or RSVPs are required. Free public parking will be provided.
Governor Rick Scott today announced that Sixt North America, a global auto rental company, has selected Fort Lauderdale as the location for their new, expanded North American headquarters. The expansion will create 300 new jobs and invest $10.4 million in the local community. The company chose Fort Lauderdale over other potential sites in Georgia, Texas and California. Sixt Rent-a-Car has more than 2,000 locations in over 100 countries.
Governor Scott said, “I am proud to announce that Sixt North America has selected Florida over Georgia, Texas and California for their new and expanded North American headquarters. This expansion will create 300 new jobs for families in South Florida and is a major win for our state. Over the past six and a half years, we have worked to cut taxes and make our state more business friendly so Florida can outcompete other locations for new opportunities. By using the newly establish Florida Job Growth Grant Fund, we will continue to encourage businesses to grow and create jobs in our state.”
Sebastian Birkel, Sixt North America Co-President, said, “We looked at a number of locations in carefully selecting our new U.S. headquarters, and, at the end of our search Florida clearly came out on top. The state went out of its way to work with us, encouraging Sixt to plant even deeper roots here. We were extremely pleased with the process, and are proud to be opening our national headquarters here in the near future. Back in 2011, Florida warmly welcomed our first U.S. location at Miami airport—now our flagship location in the U.S.—and we have been impressed with the resources available here. We are able to attract first-class talent, and enjoy the state’s competitive business environment. That’s why Florida is Sixt country.”
Daniel Florence, Sixt North America Co-President, said, “We want to thank Governor Scott for his leadership in this process, he deserves great credit for the numerous jobs that will be brought to this state as a result of our being here, and growing here. Sixt is expanding rapidly all over the U.S. in major markets as fast as we can to meet surging customer demand, and as we do so, what we are doing here in Florida will remain the foundation of how we approach our business around the country.”
Sixt cited the strength of Fort Lauderdale’s diverse, educated and multicultural workforce, vibrant tourism market, proximity to the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport and Miami International Airport (Sixt’s largest rental locations), and a competitive business environment as strategic reasons for headquarters location.
Alan Becker, Enterprise Florida board member, said, “The expansion of Sixt North America in Fort Lauderdale highlights the strong and diverse workforce that Florida can offer thanks to the hard work of Governor Scott to make Florida the most business friendly state. We look forward to continuing to show companies looking to expand or relocate that Florida is able to meet and exceed their expectations as the best place to work and raise a family.”
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Executive Director Cissy Proctor said, “Sixt North America chose Florida to expand its North American operations over several other states. Sixt recognizes our business-friendly environment and the talented workforce we have in the Fort Lauderdale area, and we are proud that it is bringing hundreds of jobs here to the Sunshine State.”
Mayor Jack Seiler of the City of Fort Lauderdale said, “We are proud that Sixt is dramatically expanding and investing in its North America headquarters. Fort Lauderdale’s strategic location, robust business climate, and outstanding quality of life all make our city the perfect place for Sixt to grow and prosper. We wish the company continued growth and success.”
Bob Swindell, President and CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance said, “Congratulations to Sixt North America, and thank you for choosing to expand in Greater Fort Lauderdale. We appreciate the significant investment the company is making in our community and the addition of 300 new high-wage jobs.”
Sixt has its registered international headquarters in Pullach, Germany, near Munich, and is a leading international provider of high-quality mobility services for business and corporate customers as well as private travelers. With representation in over 100 countries worldwide, Sixt is continually expanding its presence. The company’s strengths lie in the high proportion of premium cars in the vehicle fleet, its employees’ consistent service orientation and a good price-performance ratio. Taken together, these strengths have given Sixt an excellent market position. Sixt was founded in 1912 and maintains alliances with renowned brands in the hotel industry, well known airlines and numerous prominent service providers in the tourism sector. The Sixt Group generates revenues of EUR 2.4 billion/US 2.8 billion (2016).
Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) is a partnership between Florida’s businesses and government leaders and is the principal economic development organization for Florida. EFI facilitates job growth through recruitment and retention, international trade and exporting, promotion of sporting events, and capital funding programs to assist small and minority businesses. EFI launched “Florida – The Future is Here” to promote the state as the nation’s premier business destination.
The Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance is Broward County’s official public/private partnership for economic development. Its mission is to lead Broward County in building a stronger and more diverse economy by stimulating the creation of new jobs and capital investment while facilitating the growth and retention of businesses in Broward County. Services offered by the Alliance include assistance with business relocation or expansion and site selection; incentive programs and information; market research; and serving as a liaison for workforce development between CareerSource Broward, educational institutions and the business community.
Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis invites Floridians to participate in the 2017 Florida Unclaimed Property Auction. This public auction featuring the sale of nearly 50,000 individual items valued at more than $630,000 will be hosted Saturday, July 29, at the Sheraton Suites Cypress Creek in Fort Lauderdale. A public preview will be held Friday, July 28, at the Sheraton Suites hotel.
Featured items in this year’s auction include a 12-pound silver bar recovered from shipwreck Atocha, a vintage Wilt Chamberlain basketball card, 4.3-carat diamond earrings, and several high-end watches from brands such as Rolex, Chopard and Bulgari.
2017 Unclaimed Property Auction Preview
Date: Friday, July 28
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Sheraton Suites Cypress Creek
Address: 555 NW 62nd Street
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 32256
2017 Unclaimed Property Auction
Date: Saturday, July 29
Time: 10:00 a.m. (Registration opens at 8:00 a.m.)
Location: Sheraton Suites Cypress Creek
Address: 555 NW 62nd Street
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 32256
The unclaimed property auction features items from safe deposit boxes that have gone unclaimed for years despite exhaustive efforts to return them to their owners. Proceeds from the auction are deposited into the state’s education fund where they work to support Florida’s public school system. Should a property owner discover that he or she owned an item that was auctioned; however, the proceeds from the sale can be claimed any time at no cost.
For full details about this weekend’s auction, or to search for or claim unclaimed property, visit www.FLTreasureHunt.gov, or call 1-88-VALUABLE or 850-413-5555. A free catalog, which lists each item up for sale, is also available on the website.
The Florida Lottery announces that Marc Goldman, 69, of Fort Lauderdale, claimed a $1 million prize in the $10,000,000 WORLD CLASS CASH Scratch-Off game. He chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $748,000.00.
Goldman purchased his winning ticket from Publix, located at 2633 North Dixie Highway in Wilton Manors. The retailer will receive a $2,000 bonus commission for selling the winning Scratch-Off ticket.
The new $25 game, $10,000,000 WORLD CLASS CASH, launched in February and features more than $549 million in total cash prizes, including two top prizes of $10 million and 46 prizes of $1 million! Overall odds of winning are one-in-2.89.
Scratch-Off games are an important part of the Lottery’s portfolio of games, comprising approximately 68 percent of ticket sales and generating more than $784 million for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in fiscal year 2016-17.
The Florida Lottery announces that Edward Mahoney, of Fort Lauderdale, claimed a top prize in the $5,000,000 GOLD RUSH DOUBLER Scratch-Off game at Florida Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee. He chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $3,725,000.
Mahoney purchased his winning ticket from Publix, located at 3400 North Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale. The retailer will receive a $10,000 bonus commission for selling the winning Scratch-Off ticket.
The $20 game, $5,000,000 GOLD RUSH DOUBLER, features six top prizes of $5 million, 30 prizes of $1 million, and more than $752 million in total cash prizes! This $20 game offers more than 16.8 million winning tickets, and overall odds of winning are one-in-2.99.
Scratch-Off games are an important part of the Lottery’s portfolio of games, comprising approximately 65 percent of ticket sales and generating more than $734 million for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in fiscal year 2015-16.