Tuesday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
› A conservative columnist, a cult filmmaker and Blondie are coming to Miami Book Fair
Fall doesn’t seem like it’s just around the corner, but it is. Here’s how we know: Miami Book Fair has announced its “Evenings With...” lineup for 2019. The schedule for the fair, which runs from Nov. 17-24 at Miami Dade College’s Wolfson Campus, features several politically-minded guests, in keeping with the fact that we’re a year out from the 2020 presidential election.
› Hurricane Dorian prompts Visit Orlando to extend Magical Dining Month a week to Oct. 7
Because of Hurricane Dorian, Visit Orlando has extended its Magical Dining Month a week to Oct. 7. Magical Dining Month is generally a month-long program in which more than 120 restaurants offer diners a menu at a fixed price of $35. The restaurants then donate $1 of each of those meals sold to charity.
› Happy Grilled Cheese opens second Jacksonville restaurant
The Happy Grilled Cheese opened its second brick-and mortar restaurant in Mandarin to enthusiastic patrons during the weekend. Specializing in gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, the new restaurant and beer garden is at 9965 San Jose Blvd., in Merchant’s Walk shopping center.
› The Rescue Mission’s iconic cross near downtown Orlando has survived several hurricanes. But will it survive a move?
For 57 years, a red-and-white neon cross has graced the rooftop of the Orlando Union Rescue Mission near the city’s downtown as a beacon of hope to the lost and desperate. For the homeless, the 21-foot symbol at 410 W. Central Blvd. marked a place of refuge — a shelter where they could find a bed, a meal and, if they wanted, a path to sobriety. Until two years ago, even motorists on neighboring Interstate 4 could spot its iconic lights glowing in the night. The city of Orlando declared it an historic landmark in 2002.
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