American Dream Miami Receives Approval From Florida Officials

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million-square-foot American Dream Miami — potentially the most expensive mall ever built — has received approval from officials in a Florida county. Retail American Dream Miami brick and mortar Florida malls News real estate shopping What's HotThe 6.2 The project, which is being developed by Triple Five Worldwide Group of Companies , is estimated to come at a cost of $4 billion, The Wall Street Journal reported. While the project was originally slated to have 1.5

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Walmart Plans $200M Investment In Florida

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To drive new-store construction and innovations, Walmart is planning on investing an estimated $200 million in its Florida business. Elise Vasquez-Warner, a vice president and regional general manager for Walmart in Florida, said, “Customers have told us they want the convenience of shopping how, when and where they want. And, though the retailer’s Pickup Tower is available at more than 15 Florida Walmart stores, the company plans to expand that service as well.

McDonald’s Testing Out Breakfast Catering In Florida

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McDonald’s is testing out a breakfast catering service in Central Florida in an attempt to compete with eateries like Panera Bread. The service is available at all 195 restaurants in Central Florida, and during breakfast hours only. Delivery Fast food Catering McDonald's McDonalds Catering McDonalds Delivery McDonalds Florida News Retail Uber Eats What's Hot

Blockchain, Bitcoin In Space. Also, Florida

Bank Innovation

Payments Startups Technology Virtual Currency Bitcoin BlockChain Cloud Constellation Florida Ripple SolarCoin SpaceBeltYou might have seen Ripple’s news yesterday, but turns out that is not the only big development in blockchain this week—it’s now exploring the final frontier.

Whole Foods Prime Loyalty Program Launches In Florida

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The program is now being offered in Florida and will be expanded to other Whole Food stores during the summer. Amazon.com is stepping up its battle for grocery store dominance, launching a new loyalty program with Whole Foods for Prime customers on Wednesday (May 16). According to a report in Reuters , the much-anticipated program gives Prime members 10 percent off hundreds of items and deals on weekly specials that rotate.

Florida Man Charged In Connection With Illegal Bitcoin Exchange

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prosecutors late last week charged a Florida man in connection with an illegal bitcoin exchange. According to a report by Reuters , Ricardo Hill, 38, was arrested in Florida in October and charged with conspiring to operate an unlicensed money transmitting firm. was operated by Anthony Murgio of Florida and owned by Gery Shalon, the Israeli accused of being behind the JPMorgan hack and that of other companies.

Florida Bitcoin Exchange Schemer Gets 16 Months

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A software engineer from Florida was slapped with a 16-month prison term late last week after a court found him guilty of scamming to aid an illegal bitcoin exchange. In November, Ricardo Hill , who was arrested in Florida a month prior, was also charged with conspiring to operate an unlicensed money transmitting firm.

Florida Man Robbed Trying To Buy Bitcoin

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According to a report , a man in Florida was allegedly robbed at knifepoint while trying to sell $28,000 in bitcoin. The 32-year-old resident of Lake Worth, Florida, Steve Manos, set up a meeting with two people in West Palm Beach to sell the bitcoin for cash. million from two Florida men who were allegedly involved in the case. While computer breaches and malicious emails are commonplace online, when it comes to bitcoin, it can also be dangerous offline in the real world.

Pro-pot Florida candidate says Wells Fargo shut her account

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A Florida politician who has run a pro-medical marijuana campaign said Wells Fargo closed her account over her ties to the industry, adding that the incident was an example of the challenges legal cannabis businesses face from the U.S. Marijuana banking Wells Fargo Florida

Walmart Opens State-Of-The Art Online Fulfillment Center In Florida

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Walmart has opened a massive eCommerce fulfillment center in Florida, creating 1,500 jobs and enabling faster shipping to customers or to stores for free pickup. This facility is the sixth addition to the next-generation fulfillment network that Walmart is building to support its eCommerce business and is part of a $450-million investment the retailer is making in Florida in 2017-18.

Private investor to buy Florida bank

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Community banking M&A Capital Florida TennesseeByron DeFoor, who already has majority stakes in two community banks, is planning to buy First Columbia Bancorp.

Walmart Busts Florida’s Dumbest Retail Scam (So Far This Week)

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While we at PYMNTS.com would never applaud crime, we do have to credit Cheyenne Amber West of Fort Pierce, Florida, with boldness for her recent attempts to scam Walmart of more than $1,800 in consumer electronics. Since he just got me a Coach purse, I figured he deserved something nice as well,” West reportedly told a Florida deputy.

Mastercard and Florida Capital Bank deliver real-time disbursements

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(The Paypers) Mastercard has teamed up with Florida Capital Bank to facilitate real-time disbursements of funds to branded debit cards in the US

Why Synovus is betting big on Florida — again

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Florida created headaches for the Georgia company during the financial crisis. Community banking M&A Integrations Regional banks Florida GeorgiaIncreased discipline, and wholesale changes to banking, make the $3 billion purchase of FCB Financial less risky, CEO Kessel Stelling says.

Another group plans de novo in Florida

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Gulfside Bank, which would be based in Sarasota, is angling to become southwest Florida's first new bank in a decade. Community banking De novo banks Capital FDIC Florida

Jaggaer to provide source-to-pay solutions for Florida university

The Paypers

(The Paypers) US-based spend management company Jaggaer has announced it is implementing a source-to-pay suite for Florida International University

Florida and New York Clash

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Earlier this week, the Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, which has jurisdiction over Florida, invalidated a state statute that made it a misdemeanor to impose a surcharge […]. Legal Watch New York State credit card surcharge Florida Supreme CourtI knew that would get your attention. The clash to which I am referring has to do with the legality of statutes banning credit card surcharges.

Credit union in Michigan to buy bank in Florida

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Lake Michigan Credit Union’s deal for Encore Bank would give it a total of 10 branches on the Florida Gulf Coast. M&A Credit unions Community banking Florida Michigan

National Commerce adds heft in Florida with Premier Community purchase

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M&A Community banking Capital Growth strategies Florida AlabamaThe Alabama company will enter Sarasota, Fla., after buying Premier for $52 million.

New Florida law will loosen small-dollar lending rules

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It makes Florida the first state to pass a law designed to blunt the impact of the CFPB’s payday lending rule. Payday lending Small-dollar lending Financial regulations Underbanked Rick Scott State of Florida CFPBThe legislation, signed Monday by Gov. Rick Scott, authorizes 60- to 90-day loans of up to $1,000.

Florida bankers breathe sigh of relief after Irma strikes

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Community banking Regional banks Disaster planning Disaster recovery Crisis management Branch network Florida GeorgiaThe hurricane was expected by many to deliver catastrophe. Instead, bankers are largely looking to restore power and confirm the status of employees.

Seacoast in Florida to Buy Gulfshore Bancshares

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of Florida in Stuart has agreed to buy GulfShore Bancshares in Tampa, Fla. Seacoast Banking Corp. breaking_news community-banking m-a fl dealmaking-strategy

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Florida poised to enact workaround to CFPB payday rule

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Rick Scott signs it, Florida would become the first state to pass a law designed to blunt the impact of the CFPB’s crackdown on high-cost consumer loans. Payday lending Underbanked Consumer lending Finance, investment and tax-related legislation Rick Scott State of FloridaThe legislature has passed a bill that would allow lenders to make installment loans that, in many cases, would be more costly than payment loans. If Gov.

Florida Conference AME Church FCU Closed

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The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) liquidated Florida Conference AME Church (FCAMEC) Federal Credit Union of Tallahassee, Florida. Gulf Winds Federal Credit Union, of Pensacola, Florida, has assumed the members and deposits of the former Florida Conference AME Church Federal Credit Union. Florida Conference AME Church Federal Credit Union served 560 members and had assets of $1,760,664 at the end of 2016.

Credit union with IBM ties buys Florida bank

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Community banking M&A Growth strategies FloridaMackinac Savings Bank is the first bank acquisition for IBM Southeast Employees’ Credit Union.

CenterState to Buy Gateway Financial in Florida

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has agreed to buy Gateway Financial Holdings of Florida in Daytona Beach. CenterState Banks in Winter Haven, Fla., breaking_news m-a community-banking dealmaking-strategy

A second cross-Florida M&A deal for Seacoast

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The bank, based on the east coast of Florida, is bulking up on the Gulf. M&A Community banking FloridaIt has agreed to buy NorthStar Bank in Tampa a month after buying another bank in the same city.

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Proposed Florida de novo clears key regulatory hurdle

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De novo banks Capital Growth strategies FloridaThe Office of the Comptroller of the Currency has given preliminary conditional approval for Winter Park National Bank, allowing organizers to work on office space, hire staff and raise capital.

Is Bitcoin Money? Florida Judge to Decide

Payments Source

WASHINGTON — Whether bitcoin is actual currency is at the forefront of a first-of-its-kind money-laundering case in Florida to be decided Friday.

Seacoast to buy Palm Beach Community Bank in Florida

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M&A Capital Growth strategies FloridaSeacoast will pay $71 million in cash and stock in a deal that is expected to close in the third quarter.

Synovus Buys FCB Financial In All-Stock Deal Valued At $2.9B

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Synovus Financial announced on Tuesday (July 24) that it is acquiring FCB Financial Holdings, owner of Florida Community Bank (FCB), Florida’s largest community bank, in a deal valued at $2.9 This acquisition will expand our presence in the high-growth South Florida marketplace while leveraging FCB’s market-leading reputation, culture and successful organic growth platform.”.

Valley National expanding Florida operations with USAmeriBancorp deal

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M&A Community banking Earnings New Jersey FloridaThe acquisition would be Valley's third in the Sunshine State since 2014 and would give the New Jersey company its first branches in Alabama.

FirstBank Florida Plucks Five Bankers from Rivals

American Banker

FirstBank Florida in Miami has recruited five bankers from area competitors to bolster its commercial banking department. breaking_news people commercial-lending community-banking

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Is Bitcoin Money? Florida Judge to Decide

American Banker

The question of whether bitcoin is actually money is at the heart of a case of a man charged with selling $30,000 worth of the virtual currency to an undercover police officer. blockchain-digital-currencies law-regulation bank-technology

What a small bank's stock offering says about the Florida market

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First Home Bank raised nearly 20% more than it sought from investors, providing proof that Florida — especially the Tampa Bay area — is a hotbed of activity. Community banking Small business lending Capital M&A SBA Florida

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First Citizens in N.C. eyes big Florida push with latest bank acquisition

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Community banking M&A Capital Growth strategies Florida North CarolinaThe planned purchase of Home BanCorp will nearly double the size of First Citizens' branch network in the Sunshine State.

CFPB and Florida AG obtain judgments against foreclosure relief companies

CFPB Monitor

The CFPB announced that, together with the Florida AG, it has obtained judgments against several Florida companies and their individual operators who were charged in a complaint filed in a Florida federal court with using deceptive marketing practices and collecting illegal advance fees from consumers seeking mortgage relief services. One of the companies is also required to pay an additional $5,000 penalty to the State of Florida.). Barbara S. Mishkin.

Franklin Savings in N.H. Recruits New CFO from Florida

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has lured an executive from Florida to become its next chief financial officer. Franklin Savings Bank in Franklin, N.H., breaking_news people fl nh community-banking

Amazon To Open Robotics-Based Warehouse

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The retail giant has shared news that it will be opening a robotics-based warehouse in South Florida in 2018. Amazon hopes this new warehouse will help bolster same-day delivery to Amazon customers in the Tampa, Florida, area. Retail Amazon ecommerce Florida Miami miami-dade News robot robotics South Florida Tampa warehouse What's HotAmazon continues to make strides in its innovative eCommerce business.

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First Florida Co-founder Promoted to Bank's CEO

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Garrett Richter is taking on a bigger role at First Florida Integrity Bank in Naples. breaking_news fl community-banking