Friday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
› Florida Aquarium celebrates 25 years by announcing new projects
The Florida Aquarium is celebrating 25 years in business with new projects and growth. The aquarium opened its doors on March 31, 1995. “The last 25 years have given us plenty of reasons to celebrate," said Roger Germann, President and CEO of The Florida Aquarium. “Today we ask, ‘What’s Next?’ The investment we are making in our Aquarium is an investment in Tampa Bay as a cultural attraction, an economic driver, a conservation leader, a pillar of the community, and a fun place to visit."
› Year ends with strong Jacksonville office space market
Jacksonville’s office space market in 2019 ended on a robust note, according to figures provided by Colliers International. There was a 10.7-percent office lease availability rate at the close of 2019. “This is the lowest availability rate our experts have ever seen in the Jacksonville office market,” Colliers said.
› Florida lawmakers weigh stiffer penalties for bear poaching
Florida lawmakers are considering stiffer penalties for killing bears, which were once imperiled but now a growing nuisance in some areas. While it's still illegal to hunt bears in the state, some lawmakers want to increase fines and other penalties because of poaching.
› Miami Beach cracking down on restaurant scams
Miami Beach has beautiful sunshine, captivating people and a fun vibe — all of which help draw 23.3 million visitors to Greater Miami each year. But certain parts of the city have developed a reputation for bars and restaurants that allegedly rip off tourists with bait-and-switch tactics, and local authorities are starting to crack down.
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