David Lyons is a business writer for the South Florida Sun Sentinel. He is a past editor-in-chief of ALM’s Daily Business Review in Miami and formerly worked for the Miami Herald, Miami News, Fort Lauderdale News, Albany (N.Y.) Times-Union and Schenectady Gazette. He holds a degree in political science from Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y.
- From West Palm Beach to Fort Lauderdale to the Miami River, developers and merchants are opening new stores and restaurants to serve edgy consumers who don't want to mingle in crowded malls and streets any more.
- Imposters claiming to work for Florida's largest utility are persuading customers to wire them money to cover unpaid bills, even when the customers are not behind on their payments.