Thursday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Who owns Florida's beaches? Private landowner rights can clash with public beach access
Once known for its Southern charm and casual atmosphere, one Panhandle beach has become a flashpoint in a fight between beachfront homeowners and Gulf coast vacationers with the outcome potentially defining who controls access to Florida's beaches. More from the Naples Daily News.
Startup culture in Fort Myers, Cape Coral could be better, execs say
If Lee County business executives were to grade Southwest Florida’s entrepreneurial culture, they would give it a “C.” That was among the results of the Executive Business Climate Survey published this week by the Horizon Council and Florida Gulf Coast University. More from the Fort Myers News-Press.
Secretive SpaceX 'Zuma' to launch from KSC tonight
Elon Musk’s SpaceX will launch another satellite into orbit this evening in Florida. This one is special—mostly because we don’t know anything about it. Meet Zuma, the US government’s mystery satellite and the latest player in a global race to protect national security in space. More from Quartz and Florida Today.
Tampa Bay Area manufacturer plans $30 million investment in new HQ
Madico Inc., which makes advanced laminates and window films, will spend $30 million on developing a new world headquarters and manufacturing facility in Pinellas Park. Madico, a subsidiary of Lintec USA Holdings, has a presence in nearby St. Petersburg as well as Woburn, Mass. More from the Business Observer.
Tavistock's plans for Lake Nona Resort include a Crystal Lagoon
Tavistock Development Company announced details for Lake Nona Resort, a performance resort and spa at its master-planned community in Orlando. Arquitectonica, a Miami-based firm, is designing the Lake Nona Resort, which is planned to break ground in 2018. The eight-story resort will have 20,000 square feet of meeting space, a major fitness and spa campus, a 120,000-square-foot beach volleyball venue, and a 15-acre Crystal Lagoon. More in Tavistock's press release.
Arts and Culture
Ringling International Arts Festival ending
The Ringling International Arts Festival that began with much fanfare, fireworks and Mikhail Baryshnikov in 2009 will not make it to a 10th year. Instead of cramming as many as 11 different artists and productions into one three-day festival, the museum plans to expand its presentation of contemporary music, theater and dance throughout the year with its Art of Performance series.
» More from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
Boyland Sauce Co.
The creator of Sarasota-based Boyland Sauce Co. first got a taste for sauce when he was a line cook at Tex-Mex restaurant Tijuana Flats. He sampled the hot sauces there and decided to do some experimenting on his own. He went to the grocery store, got some ingredients and went to work. “The first batch was pretty terrible,” he says. Nevertheless, he persisted.
» Read more from the Business Observer.
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