September 15, 2019

Monday's Daily Pulse

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| 9/9/2019

› Lake County wins four tourism marketing awards
Visit Lake and Lake County’s Office of Communications recently won four tourism marketing awards. They accepted SunSational Awards for the Lake County Fairgrounds website, the Hickory Point ribbon cutting event, the Visit Lake Instagram account and the LakeBigBass hats. There were more than 500 submissions, and winners were announced during the Florida Festivals & Events Association Convention & Tradeshow last week.

› Great Harvest Bakery Cafe coming to downtown Orlando
A bakery offering up fresh bread, sandwiches and salad is coming to downtown Orlando. Great Harvest Bakery Cafe is aiming to open Oct. 11 in a 2,450-square-foot space inside the Citi Tower at 101 Lake Ave., according to the restaurant’s owner/operator Brad Cottle. The first Great Harvest bakery opened in Great Falls, Montana, in 1976 and the closest one is in Jacksonville.

› Non-stop flights to Europe from TIA have taken off
72 percent. That’s Tampa International Airport’s growth in passengers flying non-stop to and from Europe in July, compared with the same month last year. This is an increase from 30,000 European passengers in July 2018 to more than 50,000 this year. That outpaces growth in international travelers more generally (up nearly 25 percent year-over-year to about 110,000) and all passengers for the month (up nearly 5 percent to 1.9 million).

› Florida salvage firm acquires new vessel for long-range operations
Treasure & Shipwreck Recovery Inc., formerly known as Beliss Corp., has acquired a new research vessel, the Bellows, which will allow it to target sites off the coast of Florida and South Carolina and in the Caribbean. According to a press release, the 71-foot, 94-ton Bellows, with a range of 1,500 miles, represents a significant advancement for the company’s efforts to search for and recover artifacts and treasure throughout U.S. and Caribbean waters.

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