January 2018 Florida Trend's January issue names the Floridian of the Year: Tampa entrepreneur Kiran Patel. Patel has made hundreds of millions of dollars growing and selling health care companies. Together with his wife, he has given more than $240 million over the years to support the arts, education and health care in Florida. In "Outlook 2018," twelve professionals from the fields of finance, real estate, retail, tourism and health care in Florida offer their perspectives on the year ahead. "Legislature 2018," examines the issues and the players facing the upcoming legislative session. With the governor’s job up for grabs and two open Cabinet positions, a horde of legislators will be looking for angles to play. A health care feature on orthopedics examines how Florida orthopedists are operating less often on conditions such as rotator-cuff injuries and meniscus tears for some age groups. The sponsored report on Jacksonville and Northeast Florida looks at how the region's economy is headed for transformative times. There are profiles of each of the seven counties of Northeast Florida - Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam and St. Johns. The Florida "Icon" is Al Hoffman Jr., real estate developer and former U.S. ambassador to Portugal. Florida dining, titled "Meat Market," offers a look at how great brunches, biergartens and steak houses turn up in unexpected places. In the "Of Counsel" feature, read about how Florida’s Puerto Rican Bar association reaches out to law students on the island. Business reports from around Florida include "Sunspot," a look at how lower production costs are prompting big solar investments in northeast Florida. Plus: Stories and business briefs from other Florida regions of Miami-Dade, Southeast/ Fort Lauderdale, Southwest/ Tampa Bay, Central/ Orlando and Northwest/ Tallahassee.
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