DELRAY BEACH AMONG THE BEST SMALL CITIES TO START A SMALL BUSINESS

America has become the veritable poster child of the startup era. It’s hard to look at the surge of self-made billionaires across all industries within the US and their humble startup beginnings and not feel a certain amount of awe. Things around here show no sign of slowing down, and as the “land of opportunity,” it’s unfair to only crown major metro areas across the country as the best places to find it.

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MANMADE MANGROVES COULD ADDRESS THREATS TO COASTAL AREAS

With threats of sea level rise, storm surge and other natural disasters, researchers from Florida Atlantic University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science are turning to nature to protect humans from nature. They are developing innovative ways to guard coastlines and prevent scouring and erosion from waves and storms using bioinspired materials that mimic mangrove trees found along shores, rivers and estuaries in the tropics and subtropics. Growing from a tangle of roots that twist their way out of the mud, mangrove trees naturally protect shorelines, shelter coastal ecosystem habitats and provide important water filtration. In many cases, these roots trap sediments flowing down rivers and off the land, helping to stabilize the coastline.

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AMBITIOUS BROTHERS BRINGING NEW SEAFOOD RESTAURANT TO MIZNER PARK IN BOCA RATON

Ouzo Bay has been a success at Mizner Park in Boca Raton since opening last year, and the Greek restaurant’s Baltimore-based ownership group will soon open Loch Bar, a seafood restaurant specializing in raw-bar items and upscale whiskey. Is it just the beginning of a wave of new South Florida eateries from a young, ambitious brother duo who are in the midst of a rapid national expansion?

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BOCA RATON FAMILY CREATES EMPOWERING SMARTPHONE APP FOR WOMEN

Inside a Boca Raton home, find a slice of Silicon Valley. The Wiser sisters—21-year-old twins Rebecca and Leah, and 17-year-old Hannah—and their mother, Corin, launched a mobile app called Womaze. Headquartered inside the family’s living room, the female-focused content platform supports and empowers women, something the family has done for as long as they can remember.

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JUPITER LOCAL CHELSEA GUNN LAUNCHES BRIGHT RESORTWEAR LINE

When Chelsea Gunn got her driver’s license, she didn’t pick her friends up and go to the local mall. Instead, she drove her Jeep down Worth Avenue to shop at Tiffany & Co. and then made her way over to the iconic C. Orrico. “It was my favorite store, and I’d shop all the sales racks because I was 16,” says Gunn, reflecting on how she’d spend her paychecks at the Palm Beach boutique on South County Road.

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LOW-COST AIRLINE TO LAUNCH NONSTOP FLIGHTS TO 5 CITIES FROM WEST PALM BEACH

Frontier Airlines Inc. will add five nonstop flights from Palm Beach International Airport (PBI). The Denver-based, ultra-low-cost airline said recently that starting Nov. 15 it will offer flights from PBI to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, John Glen Columbus International Airport, Pittsburg International Airport, Raleigh-Durham International Airport and St. Louis Lambert International Airport.

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WELDING STUDENTS CREATE SCULPTURE FOR GLADES CENTRAL

Welding students at Palm Beach State College’s Belle Glade campus will find their names on a plaque as the creators of a sculpture set for installation at Glades Central High School this fall. The nearly 11-foot, 1,000-pound sculpture will be the centerpiece of a garden at the school, and while the installation date is pending, the finished sculpture is on display at the Belle Glade campus for PBSC students to enjoy.

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