April 19, 2014

Monday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 12/2/2013

› Tampa to consider new rules on bars' closing times
It could be one of the biggest changes in years to how drinks are poured at bars, restaurants and nightclubs in the city of Tampa. On Thursday, the council is scheduled to discuss proposed rules to give the city more leverage over businesses that serve alcohol but look the other way when the clientele starts breaking the law.

› SeaWorld profit strategy: Drive up prices, not attendance
Ever since it opened more than a decade ago, Discovery Cove has been an oddity among American theme parks. SeaWorld Entertainment Inc.'s swim-with-the-dolphins park in Orlando draws some of the smallest crowds in the business, with daily attendance capped at 1,300 and reservations required. But it also commands the highest prices: more than $500 per person during peak periods.

› Small-business registers ring as gift pursuits continue
Saturday marked the third nationwide Small Business Saturday, a day between Black Friday and CyberMonday that encourages shoppers to buy holiday gifts and other knick-knacks from local stores.

› 1 Million Cups brews creative ideas for St. Pete startups
Each week 1 Million Cups St. Petersburg hosts a standing-room-only crowd where some of the most innovative thinkers in the Sunshine City gather to pitch ideas and engage new businesses.

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