Monday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
› Retail, apartment development booming on UCF's doorstep
A wave of development near UCF is transforming the campus community with new restaurants, shops and apartments. A 4 Rivers Smokehouse, a Wawa and resort-style apartments are just the latest signs of how the gateway to the University of Central Florida campus is changing.
› UF Taps Firm To Launch Online Four Year Degree Program
In an effort to launch the state’s first fully online four year degree program, the University of Florida will pay the company Pearson Embanet an estimated $186 million over the life of its 11-year contract to set up and manage the program.
› As Beckham presses case in Miami, soccer deals a mixed bag for cities around the country
Miami-Dade County plans to charge David Beckham some amount of rent if he builds a Major League Soccer stadium on public land. But across the country, government hasn’t necessarily done well as professional soccer’s landlord.
› Tampa, Manatee ports eye each other warily
The ports harbor similar ambitions, chase the same cargoes, pine for the same markets. Both open into Tampa Bay, separated by just a few miles. Yet Port Manatee and Port Tampa Bay could not be further apart. Part of it is natural rivalry. Lately, it has been more personal.