December 4, 2020

Tuesday's Afternoon Update

What you need to know about Florida today

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First day of early voting in Florida breaks record

With two weeks to go until Nov. 3, about 3 million Floridians have already voted in the 2020 general election after a record first day of early in-person voting coupled with strong vote-by-mail numbers. More than 339,000 voters cast in-person ballots on the first day that early voting was available in most counties, according to the Florida Division of Elections. The state’s data is missing numbers that have not yet been reported in some counties. More from the Tampa Bay Times.

Miami-Dade set to sell $3.5 million in county land for $30 for housing deals

While fixing a hasty giveaway of county land from two weeks ago, Miami-Dade commissioners are set to vote on two new transfers of county property worth more than $3 million. Habitat for Humanity, a leading developer of affordable housing in Miami-Dade and a charity, is recommended to obtain a 9-acre lot in Southwest Miami-Dade that’s valued at $2 million in county tax rolls. More from the Miami Herald.

Downtown Orlando’s new outdoor theater will host 6-month festival

Orlando’s getting a new theater — outdoors, in the heart of downtown. And it will host a new festival, planned to light up the city with six months of live entertainment. The scaffolding rising in front of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts will create a unique venue in which more than 1,500 people will be able to sit in 380 elevated platforms, or “pods,” to watch a show on an outdoor stage. Food and drinks will be delivered to individual pods to limit contact with others. More from the Orlando Sentinel.

Despite pandemic, ZooTampa ends fiscal year in the black

ZooTampa at Lowry Park was burning through $1 million a month at the onset of the pandemic. The zoo’s doors were shut to visitors for three months, cutting the park off to revenue, as workers continued to care for more than 1,100 animals. The zoo made jobs cuts, applied for federal relief through the Paycheck Protection Program, and has made it through to the other side at a time that other attractions are still struggling through COVID-19. More from the Tampa Bay Times.

Boca Raton soon will become golf course’s new landlord

Boca Raton soon will serve as the new landlord of the Boca Raton Country Club and its 130-acre golf course under a yearlong lease with the club’s owners, records show. The deal, which will close in about 45 days, is part of an agreement that will give the city time to set up operations as the new owner a year from now, City Councilman Andy Thomson said Monday. More from the South Florida Sun-Senntinel.

Brooks Rehabilitation: 50 years of caring for our community

Brooks Rehabilitation has devoted 50 years of empowering people through recovery and beyond. We never imagined that an unprecedented global pandemic would occur during our golden anniversary. But, it has served as a reminder for why we do what we do. Brooks came together during this difficult time to ensure safety as our priority. [Sponsored report]

Sports Business
The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is this week. Here’s what you should know.

 Seven months after starting and stopping, the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is scheduled to take place again this week. Here’s what you need to know about the IndyCar Series event, held annually since 2005.

» More from the Tampa Bay Times.

 

Development Trends
Here’s what the massive Intracoastal Mall redevelopment project will look like

floridaA proposal to redevelop the aging Intracoastal Mall into a massive, $1.5 billion mixed-use project will go before the North Miami Beach City commission on Tuesday for a second reading. The 30-acre project, to be called Uptown Harbour, includes 1,750 luxury condominiums spread out among five towers as tall as 40 stories; 200 rental apartments in a mid-rise building; and 50 low-rise townhomes. The plan also includes 375,000 square feet of retail, 200,000 square feet of office and a boutique hotel.

» Read more from the Miami Herald.

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