April 17, 2014

Tuesday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 4/23/2013

› Orlando Magic: Demand exists for $100M entertainment complex
Orlando Magic executives said Monday they believe there is enough demand for additional hotel rooms, office space and retail in downtown Orlando to move forward with a $100 million sports-and-entertainment complex in Parramore.

› Florida vets could see old VA claims settled soon
Disabled veterans who have waited a year or longer for the government to compensate them could see their claims quickly granted — or denied — under a new Department of Veterans Affairs initiative.

› Former billboard artist still likes having a brush in his hand
David Gillyard never had an art lesson in his life. Yet he’s spent a lifetime with a brush in his hand, creating images. “I’ve been so blessed,” Gillyard, 67, said of his 40-year-career working for an outdoor advertising company.

› Liberty Group unveils plans for Tampa's Channelside retail complex
The new buyers for Channelside Bay Plaza have a vision: They want the place to hum during the day, not just at night. "We want it to really be a true mixed-use lifestyle center," said Liberty Group CEO Punit Shah, one of the potential new owners.

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