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Thursday, July 11, 2024

#EnglandPeachy #LetterstothePeachy #SpectacularSportspeople by #MoverandShaker Paul Rejer, FIFA Assistant Referee, Assessor for the PGMOL (Professional Game Match Officials Limited) Exclusive Commentary from England On England's Big Match/Game on Sunday Versus Spain EUFA Euro 24

"I remember as a boy of 12, watching England beat West Germany 4-2 in the World Cup Final on a black and white television. It was 1966 and very exciting, since then soccer has been my life.
Unfortunately since then England (men) haven’t won anything and now I am 70 I was beginning to believe they never would in my lifetime. However after that gutsy and determined performance last night by beating Netherlands 2-1 in the semi final with a last minute winner by Ollie Watkins, England are now on the verge of actually winning a major tournament. Facing Spain in the final on Sunday.
I am in England at the moment and the whole country is gripped with excitement at the prospect and I cannot wait! GO ENGLAND!!!!"

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#SensationalSalad Continues with Hits By #OldTown #OldTownBar #OldTownRestaurant #WhomYouKnow #PeachyDeegan @ManhattanPeachy A Peachy's Pick Since 2015, Old Town Bar & Restaurant Est. 1892 by Gerard Meagher and the Meagher Family

Gerard, Peachy and the Steak Salad you cannot miss!
Getting crazy from the heat?
Think it's too hot to eat?
The oldest place in town that we review and has earned Peachy's Picks status has got some of the absolute freshest salads waiting to meet you.  And sometimes it is too hot even for Guinness so Peachy loved the pink grapefruit juice at Old Town.  Sensational Salads, our newest Culinary Column, has got a new star!  You must be a Peachy's Pick for feature in this column.  We want to see more salads on everyone's menu!
Pack it up, pack it in, let us begin, if you aren't indulging in the Freshly Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad at Old Town, your diet's a sin!  Everyone knows that House of Pain filmed their Jump Around here.  And we film what you should eat.  We like how they add tomatoes to their Caesar!  The garlic element going on here is outstanding and we love garlic.  Parmesan cheese, croutons, anchovies and of course warm freshly grilled chicken when you specify it perches upon Romaine to start the salad party.
The Chef's Salad above, is an extraordinary amalgamation of smoked turkey, ham, Swiss cheese, crumbled bacon, red onion, and hard boiled egg and of course mixed greens.  Note in all cases of course you may have your salad dressed, but everyone knows that Ms. Superpicky likes to apply the dressing herself if at all.  And we LOVED the Southwestern Ranch and Creamy Garlic and Cracked Peppercorn here...word on the street is that the second one is affectionately nicknamed with humor: crack.  Yes, this is the only crack we ever have consumed or will be consuming.  And for everyone that thinks clubbing is hot in New York, it absolutely is when it comes to the Club Salad at Old Town, below.  Grilled Chicken Breast, Crisp Bacon, Swiss Cheese and tomatoes party all night long until your fork comes to bring the festivities to your mouth!
Don't hate it because it's beautiful, EAT IT!  Check out this gorgeous steak salad, unedited picture as always:
The Steak Salad was the best one!
But really, they all are great and it depends on what you are in the mood for.
Superb marinated flank steak thinly sliced and grilled medium rare is a total triumph with grated cheese, red onion and tomatoes served atop a bed of mixed greens with a side of pita bread.  Pictures and actions speak louder than words and this was the first one to live happily ever after in Peachy's stomach.
Cobb Salad is a wonder of alfalfa, avocado, olives and egg that are the good angels of nutrition and of course the most delicious part and the naughtiest nutritionally is the smashing bacon!  Real bacon!  Mixed greens are the base, and finally, if you are eating the burger or the chili or anything else and want a salad sidekick, you absolutely cannot go wrong with the House Salad below.  Shredded carrots, red cabbage and mixed greens are a beacon of refreshment.

Old Town Bar and Restaurant by the Meagher family continues to Earn Our Highest Recommendation.

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#CruisingPeachy McLaren Trophy, America 2025 US calendar confirmed with prominent US circuits chosen for inaugural season

McLaren Automotive has confirmed the calendar for the inaugural 2025 McLaren Trophy America championship that will make its debut next Spring. The new championship will, like its European counterpart, have ten rounds at five venues.

Established in Europe for the 2023 season, McLaren Trophy is designed to challenge serious race drivers in 50-minute races with pitstops for driver changes. Designed for the 577BHP V6 twin-turbo, carbon-fibre chassis Artura Trophy race car, the championship is also open to drivers of the older 570S Trophy.

McLaren Artura Trophy - Americas

The new McLaren Trophy America championship will get underway in late March 2025 at the Sonoma Raceway in Northern California, with all rounds supporting GT World Challenge America powered by AWS. From here the championship heads to the iconic Circuit of the Americas, which has hosted the US Grand Prix for over a decade.

The midpoint of the new championship will be at Virginia International Raceway in July, ahead of an August round at the challenging Road America circuit. The inaugural McLaren Trophy America season will finish in style at the Indianapolis road circuit in October.

The series features bespoke McLaren Artura Trophy race cars that share much of the same race-bred engineering technology as the highly acclaimed McLaren Artura road car, including the McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture (MCLA) which provides a rigid and lightweight chassis for supreme racetrack performance and remarkable impact resistance.

Power comes from the same twin-turbo V6 engine as the road car, tuned for an output of 577BHP, and creating a sensationally fast car in a straight line, further complemented by the fact that the 120-degree angle engine sits low in the chassis to make it equally spectacular in its cornering abilities. A bespoke aerodynamic package including a high downforce rear wing enhance the whole experience and enable the Artura Trophy to deliver lap times that compare favorably with GT3 class cars – whilst delivering maximum driver engagement.

Cars will be run by independent teams with existing 570S Trophy cars also being eligible for the series. These cars will compete for class wins and championships just like Artura Trophy and will be fully supported by McLaren Motorsport with replacement parts and back up available at every round.

One of the first teams to sign up was McLaren Americas Retailer of the Year – McLaren Toronto – who will partner with Motorsports in Action to field a two-car team in the championship in 2025.

All McLaren Trophy races will be live streamed on the McLaren Automotive YouTube channel, with more than 250,000 fans regularly viewing the races.

"Having established McLaren Trophy, Europe as a competitive and social environment for Bronze and Silver drivers we are delighted to confirm our 2025 calendar as we introduce the new McLaren Trophy, America championship. We will be visiting many of the continent's best circuits, and I'm thrilled that we have rounds at Indianapolis and the Circuit of the Americas in our inaugural season."
Mick McDonagh, Director of MSO and Motorsport, McLaren Automotive.



McLaren Trophy, America provisional 2025 calendar


March 28 - 30

Rounds 1 & 2

Sonoma Raceway

California


April 25 - 27

Rounds 3 & 4

Circuit of the Americas

Texas


July 18 - 20

Rounds 5 & 6

Virginia International Raceway

Virginia


August 15 - 17

Rounds 7 & 8

Road America

Wisconsin


October 03 – 05

Rounds 9 & 10

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Indiana


Notes to editors:
A selection of high resolution images accompanying this release is available to download from the McLaren Automotive media site – cars.mclaren.press

About McLaren Trophy:
Launched in July 2022, McLaren Trophy is a pro-am championship designed to challenge ambitious GT drivers by placing the emphasis on the amateur (Bronze) driver. McLaren Trophy will feature two classes in its inaugural season:

The Artura Trophy is based on the McLaren Artura GT4 race car and is powered by the same V6 twin-turbo engine but tuned to provide 577BHP. It also has a high downforce package with a bigger rear wing and additional front-end aerodynamics and is capable of lap times close to GT3 race cars. Featuring all-new McLaren Carbon Fibre Lightweight Architecture (MCLA), which provides a rigid carbon fibre chassis derived from the road car, Artura Trophy cars can be converted to GT4 specification, allowing teams and drivers to compete in both categories with the same chassis.

The 570S Trophy is based around the McLaren 570S GT4 race car and is tuned to develop around 533BHP and run in a higher downforce configuration.

McLaren Trophy, Europe supports the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS with 10 rounds spread over five events taking place in Italy, Belgium, Germany and Spain, including the Blue-Riband Crowdstrike 24 Hours of Spa.



McLaren Trophy, Europe 2024 calendar


May 17–19

Rounds 1 & 2

Misano

Italy


June 27–29

Rounds 3 & 4

Spa-Francorchamps

Belgium


July 26–28

Rounds 5 & 6

Nürburgring

Germany


September 20–22

Rounds 7 & 8

Monza

Italy


October 11–13

Rounds 9 & 10

Barcelona

Spain


McLaren Trophy is presented in partnership with leading brands Pirelli and Richard Mille.

About McLaren Automotive:
McLaren Automotive is a producer of ultra high-performance, lightweight supercars. Launched in 2010, the company is now the largest part of the McLaren Group.

Headquartered at the McLaren Technology Centre (MTC) in Woking, Surrey, England, McLaren Automotive is driven by the challenge of creating the world's most exhilarating, engaging and benchmark setting vehicles. Leveraging the McLaren name's 60-year history of authentic, racing performance, it has delivered some of the most spectacular supercars ever made.

The company's product portfolio of GTS, supercar, Motorsport and Ultimate models are retailed in over 40 markets around the world. Its cars are assembled by hand at the McLaren Production Centre (MPC), based on the same campus as MTC in Woking.

McLaren is a pioneer that continuously pushes the boundaries. In 1981, it introduced lightweight and strong carbon fibre chassis technology into Formula 1 with the McLaren MP4/1.

Then in 1993 it designed and built the legendary McLaren F1 road car. Built around a carbon fibre chassis, it established McLaren's supercar DNA, realised for the 21st century in 2011 with the introduction of the McLaren 12C – McLaren Automotive's first production car.

McLaren was the first to deliver a hybrid hypercar, the McLaren P1™, in 2013. Launching the Ultimate Series of vehicles, P1™ was followed by the McLaren Senna in 2018 and its track-only GTR derivative followed a year later. 2019 also saw the introduction of the Speedtail hybrid hyper-GT. Its most recent Ultimate model, Elva, is the lightest McLaren road car ever.

McLaren's LT models represent the ultimate expression of track performance in series production supercars. The name stems from the 'Longtail' version of the F1 GTR, introduced in 1997, and was incorporated into McLaren Automotive nomenclature in 2015 with the arrival of the McLaren 650S-based 675LT coupe and Spider. In 2018, the LT legend continued with the McLaren 570S-based 600LT. The latest chapter in the LT story was written in 2020 and 2021, with the introduction of the 765LT coupe and Spider.

Also in 2021, the company unveiled its all-new high-performance hybrid supercar, the McLaren Artura. The Artura is the first McLaren to benefit from the McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture (MCLA). The MCLA is designed, developed and manufactured at the McLaren Composites Technology Centre in the Sheffield region of England using world-first processes and will spearhead the brand's electrified future.

2022 saw McLaren announce the Solus GT, a single-seat, closed-cockpit track car which brought to life a futuristic concept that was originally created for virtual gaming.

In 2023, McLaren unveiled its lightest and most powerful series-production supercar, the 750S – a thorough development of the award-winning 720S supercar. McLaren also introduced the new GTS, replacing the McLaren GT.

The McLaren Artura Spider was revealed in early 2024 as the brand's first high-performance hybrid convertible. Its introduction was part of a major model year uplift for the Artura nameplate, and meant McLaren's series-production line-up of GTS, new Artura and 750S had been introduced within 12 months of each other.

McLaren Automotive also chooses to partner with like-minded, world-leading companies and organisations who push the boundaries in their respective fields. These include Ashurst, Bowers & Wilkins, Dynisma, Gulf, Monroe, Pirelli, Plan International, Richard Mille and Tumi.

About McLaren Group:
The McLaren Group is a global leader in high-performance supercar production and elite motorsports.

Founded in 1963 by racer, engineer and entrepreneur Bruce McLaren, the Group is formed of McLaren Automotive, which hand-builds lightweight supercars and races them in global series, including the World Endurance Championship; and a majority stake in McLaren Racing which competes in the Formula 1 World Championship, INDYCAR series, Formula E, Extreme E and F1 Academy.

The Group is globally headquartered at the iconic McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, Surrey, England.

With a reputation for innovation and technological excellence, McLaren is one of the UK's largest independent companies.

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#AsiaPeachy #PetitePeachy POP Toy Show Returns to Singapore Bigger and Better with Dimoo In the Garden City

Following the overwhelming success of the inaugural POP TOY SHOW (PTS) Singapore last September, global phenomenon POP MART is thrilled to announce the return of the highly anticipated event to Singapore. The 2nd edition will take place at Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Level 1 - Halls A, B and C, from 23 to 25 August 2024.

Headlining the show this year will be Dimoo, one of the top fan favourites from POP MART. Themed "Dimoo in the Garden City", 2024 show promises an exciting and a larger lineup of international, regional and local artists, participating brands and exclusive collectible art toys for the fans and collectors.

"I am really happy to be able to return to Singapore for the second PTS, and I definitely look forward to meeting Dimoo fans from around the world," said Ayan Deng, artist of Dimoo. This time, fans who could not get enough of the curious boy with a baby cloud on his head, can expect more than four (4) PTS-exclusive Dimoo drops, and snap photos at Dimoo's booth that features a life-sized sculpture.

Lang, artist of Hirono, and Head of POP Design Center (PDC) is another fans' favourite who has confirmed his participation. In addition, two young artists from PDC will also be joining Lang and bring their A-game to the show. Xue Chen, artist of Sweet Bean, and Yumi, artist of Pino Jelly, will be in Singapore for the first time to meet their fans. This year, PDC will have its own standalone booth featuring PDC's staple of Intellectual Property (IP) and fans can look forward to several first launches and Singapore-exclusive toys.

Quiccs, one of the respectable artists from the Philippines, said preparation is underway where he will showcase his latest works at PTS Singapore. Known for his street art and character, TEQ63, Quiccs has collaborated with many renowned brands back home including Adidas, Jollibee and more. "From customed skateboard, sneakers and street wears, there are many new and fresh collections that fans can get their hands on for the first time in PTS Singapore, and I hope they will like what they see," according to Quiccs.

Tickets for the show will be available for sale through Ticketmaster starting 2 July 2024 at 2pm. You can purchase them via bit.ly/pts2024ticket. Options include 1-Day, 3-Day, Group (4pax) 1-Day and Premium 3-Day tickets, starting from $28 for the early bird tickets. Stay tuned to PTS website and social media pages for more updates.

The exhibition will showcase over 50 different artists, toy designers, and international toy brands throughout the three-day extravaganza. Noteworthy highlights include exclusive meet and greet sessions with renowned POP MART artists, unveiling of exclusive merchandise, and captivating live drawing sessions by a myriad of talented artists.

"Since the last PTS in Singapore, POP MART has continued to expand our footprints globally with many new stores opening in Thailand, Vietnam, Europe and US. We believe PTS Singapore will be a good meeting point for all our loyal and new fans to meet and interact, not only within the community, also with the artists, brands and collaborators," said Justin Moon, President of POP MART International.

Don't miss out on this epic event where art, culture, and community collide! Join us at Marina Bay Sands for a weekend full of amazing art, awesome activities, and loads of fun. Let's make some unforgettable memories!

About POP MART

POP MART is one of the most popular art toy brands that is a hot favourite amongst the younger generation today. Known for its extensive collection of Blind Boxes – a sealed packaging that keeps the contents of the figurine mysterious to its new owners – POP MART breaks the stereotype that toys are only for children. Since 2021, POP MART has also expanded to the high-end art toy market and introduced MEGA Collections to satisfy various art toy collectors' interests.

The company has worked with world renowned brands, such as Disney, Sanrio, Warner Bros. among others, and famous designers like Kenny, Pucky and Kasing Lung to launch a multitude of pop culture products based on classic characters that appeal to its pool of loyal customers. As a valuable support to the foundation of the designer toy market, POP MART has also enhanced its customer user experience through mini-games and applets to further entice its clients.

PDC (POP Design Center) was founded in 2017 and focuses on original Intellectual Property (IP), as part of POP MART's global artist development and IP operation plans. PDC has attracted many talented artists from the robust media and entertainment industries. With its abundant resources and professional product teams, PDC has nurtured many budding artists to create their own IPs that have won the hearts of many fans around the world through their unique characteristics.

About POP TOY SHOW (PTS)

Since 2017, the POP Toy Show (PTS) has become Asia's top toy exhibition, holding seven successful events in Beijing and Shanghai. Last year, PTS achieved a major milestone by hosting its first showcase event outside China – in Singapore.

PTS has attracted over 300,000 visitors attending the shows, with more than 500 participating artists, designers and brands from USA, United Kingdom, Spain, Japan, Korea, Malaysia and Singapore, offering collectors with more than 10,000 pieces of exclusive products and limited-edition toys.

This international presence contributes to the diversity and vibrancy of the event, showcasing a wide range of pop culture-related toys, collectibles, and merchandise.

Singapore is the only PTS international outpost, and the show remains POP MART's iconic event in Southeast Asia.

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A Peachy's Pick Since 2012 El Pote Espanol #ElPote #ElPoteEspanol @elPoteEspanol Since 1977 by New Owners Nicolas Ahuatl and Juan Costa Summer 2024 #WhomYouKnow #PeachysPicks @ManhattanPeachy #PeachyDeegan

Owner Nicolas Ahuatl is dedicated to showcasing the best of Spain and Galicia as a region in particular to New York.
He carries on the storied tradition started in 1977 by Enrique and Jose!!!
As much as we love France, Spain won in soccer and plays England Sunday, and you ought to know the Spanish Restaurant that we have been to the most often in our fifteen years is El Pote, a Peachy's Pick for a DOZEN YEARS.  Actions speak louder than words, readers!  Here you can see them in this year's Peachy's Picks where they are close to the top because of their repeat excellence and dedication.
Baby it is HOT outside and cold Queso Manchego-imported from Spain of course, with anchovy-stuffed olives also from Spain will hit the spot and cool you down immediately.
Although Peachy is in love with hot sizzling garlic shrimp, admittedly it is less attractive when it is 100F here in Manhattan.  The simplicity of Cocktail de Gambas: Shrimp cocktail, is perfection this summer and an all-time classic that the horrendous ridiculous lesser trendy places totally miss with their silly ideas.  You can find it here and they command your attention!  You will happily pierce them with the correct fork they give you without you having to ask for it, and they will cannonball into the cocktail sauce.
We hate when we have to ask for seafood forks. 
All Peachy's Picks know better and you automatically get it.
If not, there's Letters to the Peachy!  We want to know.
Champiniones Rellenos, Stuffed Mushrooms, are simply exquisite and the fab five are partying in garlic, crabmeat and scallops: a perfect combination.  It's fragrant and piping hot and you'll enjoy it anytime of year.  Sangria is best enjoyed now, particularly to celebrate that soccer win, and at El Pote, it packs a powerful punch with oranges, apples, lemons, red Spanish wine, brandy and triple sec.  It goes with everything!
We are still calling Nicolas a new owner out of our love and respect for Enrique and Jose, but he is not at all new.  He has been at El Pote since the early 1990s off the top of our head and every time we visited before he was an owner we knew him as a waiter.  If you've read our other reviews, you know that Gazpacho is spectacular right now.  We tried to feature items we haven't had in a long time this visit.
To that end, we tried the soup of the day: Galician Soup.  It arrives super hot as soup should, so hold your horses and let it cool a bit.  Chicken, pork, white beans and collard greens team up for a colorful, captivating mix.  The Avocado Mango Salad is always a winner!  We hope to see even more green salads on their menu, but for now this is the only one.  Perfectly halved cherry tomatoes, expertly sliced onions, lettuce and of course avocados and mangoes are an enticing celebration of refreshment in this sweltering weather in New York right now: day 7 of the second heatwave this year...
Learn some more Spanish with Camarones en En Salsa Verde: Shrimp in Green Sauce!  Garlic, onions, olive oil and parsley ravish these little swimmers that will live happily ever after in your stomach, and the Pescado Del Dia - broiled - was Branzino when we visited El Pote.  It's light and satisfying with crispy, flaky freshness that goes so well with their smashing creamed spinach!
Finally, a carnivorous wonder not to ignore is the Chuleta de Cerdo: Pork Chop sauteed with onions, mushrooms, Pimentos and wine.  Those Pimentos especially hit the high note and accentuate it to perfection.  And note all Pork Chops are not nearly as fantastic as this one here and we never ever edit pictures: it looks exactly this gorgeous.  It did not live long close to Peachy, who delicately devoured it.  It arrived in style with Ejotes Verdes: green beans with roasted garlic, Peachy's favorite vegetable.
Original Flan caramel custard and a Cappuccino sealed the deal on a lovely hit again by El Pote!
El Pote continues to Earn Our Highest Recommendation.


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#TastyTidbits Slovenia Celebrates 10 Michelin-Starred Restaurants: Hiša Franko Maintains Three Stars. Restaurant Milka Retains Two, and Pavus Earns a New Star

Slovenian gastronomy has achieved another milestone. In 2024 Michelin Guide for Slovenia, the number of listed restaurants has risen to 63, an increase of four from the previous year. This places Slovenia among Europe's gastronomic superpowers. Five new restaurants have been awarded the Bib Gourmand for their excellent value for money. Eight restaurants boast a Green Star for sustainability, making Slovenia once again the number one European country in terms of the number of Michelin Green Stars per capita.

Michelin Guide highlighted the best Slovenian restaurants for the fifth time in a row, reaffirming the top quality, sustainability and diversity of Slovenian gastronomy. Hiša Franko, under the guidance of chef Ana Roš, continues to shine brightly with three Michelin stars. What sets Hiša Franko apart even further is its Green Star, emphasizing its commitment to sustainability. This dual recognition places Hiša Franko among a select group of just 33 restaurants worldwide honoured with both distinctions. Ana Roš also stands as one of only eight female chefs globally to hold three Michelin stars and one of two chefs worldwide to combine three Michelin stars with the Green Star.

Among the other standout restaurants, Milka under chef David Žefran maintains its impressive two Michelin stars. The guide also highlights eight restaurants awarded one Michelin star, including the newcomer Pavus Restaurant, led by Chef Mark Pavčnik. Additionally, eight restaurants have earned a prestigious Michelin Green Star, with Galerija Okusov and Chef Marko Magajne as the newest recipient. In the Bib Gourmand category, ten restaurants have been acknowledged for their excellence, with newcomers Faladur Restaurant & Winebar, Kodila, Lalu, Majerca Restaurant and Triangel Restaurant joining the list. Explore Michelin Stars in Slovenia by following this link.

Since Slovenia welcomed its first Michelin guide edition in 2020, the culinary scene has achieved success. In the first year, five restaurants were awarded with one star and one with two stars. In 2021, the number increased with six restaurants receiving one star and another achieving two stars. In 2022, the number of one-starred restaurants grew to nine, with one restaurant retaining its two-star status. In 2023, Slovenia celebrated its first three-star restaurant, alongside one restaurant holding two stars and seven others earning one star.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2024

#FloridaPeachy Florida Council of 100 Unveils Strategy to Add up to 200,000 Jobs in Higher-Wage Industries by 2030, contributing $100B in GDP to the State

The private-sector-led "Beyond Sunshine" strategy can focus resources, accelerate Florida's growth trajectory, and strengthen the state's economic future

The Florida Council of 100, a group of over 150 business leaders dedicated to fostering economic growth and improving the quality of life in Florida, today announced a first-of-its-kind economic development strategy to harness the private sector and propel Florida into a new era of success. The "Beyond Sunshine" initiative, detailed in a report released today, provides a roadmap to leverage the Sunshine State's regional strengths and attract jobs in higher-wage industries, promoting long-term economic resilience and a better future for all Floridians.

With an annual GDP of nearly $1.3 trillion, Florida has grown in recent decades into a thriving hub ideal for locating and building globally competitive businesses. The Beyond Sunshine strategy outlines a path to sustain and accelerate this growth. Developed by the Florida Council of 100 in partnership with state economic development leaders, the strategy focuses resources to nurture higher-wage economic clusters in Florida's six major regional economies and three rural areas of opportunity. Florida Council of 100 research indicates that investment in these clusters and regions could add up to 200,000 new jobs in higher-wage industries in Florida by 2030, contributing nearly $100 billion in added GDP to the nation's fourth-largest economy.

"Florida has an incredible opportunity to accelerate growth and cement our place as a global leader in entrepreneurship, research, innovation, and commerce," said Florida Council of 100 Chair Eric Silagy. "Through targeted investments in higher-wage sectors, we will not only navigate the rapidly changing economic and technological landscape—but help to shape it for the benefit of everyone who calls Florida home today and for future generations."

Florida boasts the second-lowest unemployment rate among the top 10 largest states and leads in GDP and income growth rates. Its favorable business climate, characterized by low taxes and light-touch regulation, supports a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem that has seen over 266,000 new businesses formed in Florida in 2024 alone. Additionally, Florida was the top state for corporate relocations in 2023. Florida's educational system, ranked first in the nation, provides a robust talent pipeline for emerging industries.

The Beyond Sunshine strategy outlines three priorities to build on this strong foundation and ensure continued economic growth:Nurturing Existing Higher-Wage Economic Clusters: Focusing investment in regional clusters of opportunity in sectors poised for additional growth, such as aerospace, financial services, e-commerce, clean technology, biotechnology, and manufacturing, to drive regional economic specialization and expansion.
Higher-Wage Job Creation: Coordinating with university, state college, career and technical education (CTE) programs, and industry partners to align education and workforce development with higher-wage job opportunities and catalyze economic activity across sectors.
Elevating Florida's Economic Success Story: Changing perceptions both domestically and internationally to highlight Florida as the best place to start a career, build wealth, and raise a family.

The Florida Council of 100 will coordinate implementation of the Beyond Sunshine strategy, working in partnership with regional economic development organizations, education partners, and the state to steer investment to higher-wage sectors, align talent with opportunity, and address challenges to sustained expansion.

"Working in partnership with our state and regional leaders, the Florida Council of 100 is uniquely positioned to help businesses align with higher-wage industries and drive the next stage of our economic development," said Florida Council of 100 President & CEO Michael Simas. "Our goal is attracting even more investment to these industries in Florida, building resilience and ensuring the state remains the destination of choice for businesses, investors, employees, and their families."

"I applaud the Florida Council of 100 for laying out this data-driven strategy to accelerate economic growth and elevate Florida's communities and families," said Florida Secretary of Commerce J. Alex Kelly. "Florida's economic ecosystem provides certainty for entrepreneurship and innovation to thrive and is well-equipped to chart a course toward our next stage of development. I look forward to partnering with the Council to make the state an even better place to work and live."

For more information about the Beyond Sunshine report and the Florida Council of 100, visit https://fc100.org/research/beyond-sunshine

The Florida Council of 100 is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of business leaders committed to promoting economic growth and improving the quality of life for the people of our state. First established in 1961 by Governor Farris Bryant, for more than six decades, the Council has been charged with providing advice on key policy issues from the business community's perspective to Florida's elected leaders and government officials across the political and ideological spectrum. Today, the Florida Council of 100 represents 150 businesses with over 1.3 million employees.

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Their Second Hit on #WhomYouKnow #BestPizzaon1st Avenue by #JohnOsmani 1038 First Avenue Between 56th and 57th Streets

From the pizza to the Shrimp Scampi, Best Pizza on First is even better than we remembered!
It's not who you know and it never has been.  It's WHOM YOU KNOW and we know John Osmani, 100 percent owner of Best Pizza on First, and were delighted to recently visit.  As we said in our first review, Mayor Koch we hope you are reading up there and this is right near your bridge.
There's a big difference between being featured once and being featured a repeat time: obviously, the better places earn return features.  It looks like El Pres of One Bite Barstool Fame visited seven years ago so maybe he read our spot?  Well El Pres we suggest a return for you too and here's why.
If you are in Manhattan now, you know it is literally a hot tropical island calling for salads.
The salads are fresh and spectacular at Best Pizza on First.
Meet the Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad and it was exactly what we were looking for.  All elements were cut well and it hit all the high notes setting the tone for an even better review than the first time.
This visit, we worked with Tony Osmani, John's son, who possesses better business acumen and manners than many of his generation in Manhattan hospitality.  He was a pleasure to work with and was not old enough to work with us the last time!
The Antipasto looks like a bouquet of roses except even better, you can eat it.  The rosettes of ham, salami and provolone danced among onion, tomatoes, cucumbers and olives to make a festive plate.
Note all pictures are unedited as always.
They listened and put the dressing on the side for Ms. Pretty Picky, and we did like both the Ranch and the Caesar dressing.
The Tossed Salad was a vision in simplicity that will pair well with every edible on this menu with depth and it's just what we wanted.
You could probably spend a month eating the Calzones, Strombolis, Rolls, Cold Heroes and Hot Heroes (yes the plural is ES) and have something different every day.  We have greater ambitions for this section but this time we chose some old favorites: Chicken Parm, called Chicken Cutlet Parmigiana formally on the menu, and Spinach Roll.  Even though the Chicken Parm is hot, it is still delicious even though it's 100f in tropical Manhattan.  It is even good cold when the temperature is this hot. The Spinach Roll was both delicious and nutritious.
Do not forget the marinara!
The tomato sauce here is made on premises and refined over John's 30 year career in this business.  The Meatballs we tried as a side, and they are 100 percent beef and 100 percent enticingly delicious.  The basil leaf was a nice touch and little things like that set this apart from the random pizza place on the corner that will come and go.
We totally loved the Shrimp Scampi and we chose linguini to come to the dinner party; the garlic accentuation was simply smashing and this dish sung a perfect song of summer.  Pepsi goes well with it.  There is not a liquor license here.
The great plains of Pizza
So, not all pizza is created equally.  New York is one of the best pizza spots in the world!  The pizza here is NEW YORK style pizza.  We always have a regular cheese to see how the basic pizza is and we really like the sauce and cheese here and the ratio to each other.  And for everyone that thinks that pizza cannot be healthy we beg to differ: we chose spinach, onions, mushrooms, garlic and tomatoes and that's five vegetables!  We really liked how well every ingredient was chopped and put together, yielding a wonderful symphony of flavor rather than one huge chunk of topping like you can find at lesser spots.  All ingredients were fresh and this pizza was not floppy: it held up its toppings well.
We look forward to seeing the Osmani family keep up the excellent work!


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