Friday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
› Hardware giant breaks ground on new facility in Tampa Bay area
Ace Hardware Corp. on Wednesday broke ground on its new retail support center (RSC) in Plant City, with construction set to commence in October. According to a press release, the Oak Brook, Ill.-based hardware giant’s Tampa RSC operations will be relocated to the new facility when it’s completed in November 2021. Since 1977, the Tampa RSC has served more than 200 Ace Hardware retail locations in the region.
› 30 former circus elephants find new home at Florida wildlife refuge
A Florida wildlife sanctuary is building a new 2,500-acre home for former circus elephants. The White Oak Conservation Center north of Jacksonville is expected to welcome 30 Asian elephants starting next year, the center announced Wednesday.
› Sarasota and Punta Gorda make list of Top 20 oldest cities in America
Florida reigns supreme as the top state for seniors, according to an analysis of census data. Coventry Direct, a marketing company that consults people on how to sell their life insurance policies for cash, did an analysis of U.S. Census data to determine the 20 oldest and youngest cities in America by resident age. Eleven out of the top 20 oldest cities in the U.S. are in Florida.
› Tampa Electric president and CEO Nancy Tower, brought in by new owners, will retire
After just three years at the helm of Tampa Electric Co., Nancy Tower is retiring. She will depart in mid-2021. In an announcement Thursday, Emera Inc., Tampa Electric’s Canadian parent company, said the longtime Emera executive’s retirement was planned.
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