April 17, 2014

Thursday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 2/14/2013

› Work to begin transforming historic Tampa courthouse
Wednesday marked the start of one of the most ambitious downtown redevelopment projects in recent Tampa history. A team led by a Memphis developer will break ground on a $25 million project to transform Tampa's historic but long-vacant federal courthouse into a 130-room boutique hotel.

› Boynton unveils new web app for business development
The Boynton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency hopes a new app will drive people to the city's downtown. The app provides information about the CRA's 600 businesses in one location.

› Attendance, cash flow up at Universal
Attendance and visitor spending continued to climb at Universal Orlando and other NBCUniversal theme parks in 2012, parent company Comcast Corp. said Wednesday. The Philadelphia-based cable company said operating cash flow at its theme parks – a measure of financial strength – surged 9.9 percent in 2012, from $867 million to $953 million.

› Florida State Park free app available to visitors
Planning the perfect outdoor trip in Florida? A free Florida State Park app can help you find a nearby camp site as it tracks your trails and sends you weather alerts. The Florida Park Service announced Wednesday a partnership with ParksByNature Network and PocketRanger.com to provide the free smartphone app.

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