February 27, 2015

Friday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 7/12/2013

› New York Life's Tampa operation renews crucial AARP contract
In a boost to New York Life's growing Tampa operation, the insurer received an extension until 2022 to continue being the exclusive provider of life insurance products to AARP's 37 million members.

› UWF announces developer for mega-campus development
University of West Florida’s for-profit business arm Business Enterprises Inc. announced that Pennsylvania-based Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions will be the master developer for the University Park and Northwest Village projects.

› Gov. Scott defends law banning Internet cafes
Gov. Rick Scott said Thursday a new law aimed at shutting down Internet cafes was simply targeted at illegal gambling, as he responded to questions about a lawsuit that claims the legislation was too broadly written.

› Swiftmud approves St. Petersburg permit to demolish Pier, build Lens
The Southwest Florida Water Management District announced today that it has approved the city of St. Petersburg's request for a permit to demolish its closed inverted pyramid and construct its replacement, known as the Lens.

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