Thursday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
› Midtown Tampa's construction goes vertical
After decades as what its owner describes as a "lost land" between downtown Tampa and West Shore, Midtown Tampa is ready to see a construction blitz intended to create a sense of identity for an area from Interstate 275 south to W Kennedy Boulevard.
› Sarasota auctioneer sells Chinese bowl for $1.15 million
Nobody will be eating Froot Loops out of this bowl. What must be one of history’s best-selling antique bowls fetched over $1 million dollars during an international auction staged recently in Sarasota. In a lengthy bidding war on the internet and phone, an anonymous Asian bidder living in Italy snagged this centuries-old bowl for a “hammer price” of $1.15 million, hammer price being auction lingo for the winning bid but not counting the premium, in this case 18%. Grand total: $1,357,000.
› Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance moves up date, creates March Motorsports Madness
The 25th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance will be held a week early in 2020, kicking off a month of motoring migration for fans of automotive activities, and even golf, in Florida. The region’s iconic classic car event moves from the second weekend in March to the first (March 5-8) next year. That means it won’t interfere with The Players Championship, set for March 10 through 15 at TPC Sawgrass.
› Florida’s prison guards may double as immigration officers
The head of Florida’s prison system last month told a top federal immigration official he would like to launch a pilot program that would deputize state correctional officers as immigration agents in an effort to “identify and process criminal aliens.”
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