October 26, 2020

Friday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 1/24/2020

› Few offers from developers to build on Jacksonville’s old city hall, courthouse land along riverfront
It was the center of power in Jacksonville once, but only two companies offered plans Wednesday to redevelop the downtown riverfront where City Hall and the Duval County Courthouse used to stand. The responses leave the Downtown Investment Authority with scant choices as it tries to map a future for a stretch of East Bay Street linking the downtown core to the city’s sports and entertainment area.

› Economist: Manatee County’s future looks good
Economist Dr. Henry Fishkind discussed issues facing Manatee County, Florida and the U.S. as a whole at the Bradenton Area Economic Development Corporation’s annual forecast breakfast.

› Tampa hospitality firm, with acquisition, launches own corporate housing brand
With the acquisition and rebranding of Commonwealth Corporate Suites, Mainsail Lodging & Development has launched Mainsail Corporate Housing, the firm’s first foray into the corporate housing market. Tampa-based Mainsail, the release states, will continue provide corporate housing in Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee as an Oakwood Worldwide franchisee.

› Five new tenants are joining Coral Gables in early 2020. More will follow.
A slew of retailers, including new faces to Florida, will grace downtown Coral Gables in 2020. A total of 14 retailers will open in the City Beautiful between Douglas and Le Jeune roads in and around Miracle Mile, the city’s major retail thoroughfare, according to the Coral Gables Business Improvement District Executive Director Taciana Amador. Some have already opened, while others will open in the spring.

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