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OC TO B E R 18 - OC TO B E R 2 4 , 2013 | T H R E E D O L L A R S FLOR IDA’S NE WSPAPER FOR T HE C - SUI T E At Your Service | As real estate returns, so too will service industries. PG.10 P A S C O • H I L L S B O R O U G H • P I N E L L A S • M A N AT E E • S A R A S O TA • C H A R L O T T E • L E E • C O L L I E R economic forecast SPECIAL ISSUE: PAGES 7 T0 17 Bridge to RECOVERY Sandy Stilwell owns seven restaurants on Captiva Island. She’s so optimistic about the economy, she’s spending $2.5 million to open an eighth. PAGE 13 Sandy Stilwell CEO AND OWNER, STILWELL ENTERPRISES & RESTAURANT GROUP INDICATORS ECONOMIC FORECAST ANALYSIS Investment Increases Sarasota-Manatee Ask the Experts ECONOMIC FORECAST ECONOMIC FORECAST Tampa Bay Charlotte-Lee-Collier The Gulf Coast posted strong numbers for business investment in July. All but one area beat the statewide average. PAGE 6 Hospitality will lean on international tourists for growth in 2014, while bankers expect slow and steady to be the course for the region. PAGE 8 Advertising sales continue to rebound, and land development increases. Both are among the indicators pointing to future economic growth. PAGE 12 Two economists expound on their visions for the economy in 2014, both on the regional and state and national levels. PAGE 14 DATA By the Numbers Explore data for past years and projections for the future regarding industries, population, jobs and more. PAGES 15-17 Five Aston Gardens properties on Gulf Coast sell for $245.16 million. 19 New academy purchases former Bradenton Prep site for $3.6 million. 21 Port Charlotte hotel bought by North Dakota farm equipment dealer. 22 PAGE 23 Business leaders show support for STEM education. 116578 DON’T MISS Construction still has a ways to go to build confidence, but service-related businesses predict gains for next year. PAGE 10 TOP DEALS • (877) 266-2265 MEMBER FDIC

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