Thursday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
What a Biden presidency means for Florida: 5 things to watch
From Cuba and global warming to the space race, the new Democratic president faces decisions that will affect the Sunshine State. Read five stories looking at decisions Biden will face — some you’ll be familiar with, some less discussed during the campaign — that could have an outsized impact on Florida and Floridians. More from the Tampa Bay Times.
MOSH Jacksonville furthers plan for moving to Northbank Shipyards
MOSH, Jacksonville's Museum of Science & History, is going full speed ahead with its plans to move across the river. Bruce Fafard, who was named MOSH CEO last week, said plans still call for MOSH to move to a new facility on the Shipyards property near TIAA Bank Field by the end of 2024. MOSH's leadership team meets once a week to work on the fundraising, planning and logistics needed to make the move happen. The goal, he said, is to have a complete roadmap of the process completed by mid-February. More from the Florida Times-Union.
Bike Week to return in Daytona Beach this year, but with changes
Bike Week is a go in Daytona Beach, but there will be some changes. The vote to move forward with the Bike Week master plan was approved Wednesday night with a 6-1 vote. Bike Week was canceled in the middle of the event last year because of the start of the pandemic. The big change this year is that businesses officially connected to the event will be limited to an indoor capacity of 60%. More from FOX 35 and the Orlando Sentinel.
Cloud kitchens have satisfied your pandemic munchies needs. Now, a cloud grocery is in Miami
You may have heard of cloud or “dark” kitchens — the delivery-only restaurants from which you can order food but not a table to eat at. Now, a new California concept, cloud or “dark” grocery stores, is rolling into South Florida. San Francisco-based Farmstead says it can deliver fresh, high-quality groceries at equal or better prices than local supermarkets through an order placed through your phone or online. More from the Miamii Herald.
Plans scrapped for federal courthouse in Panama City
Officials have shut down a renovation project that set out to transform a Florida Panhandle building into a federal courthouse. The General Services Administration told officials in Bay County last week that the government has decided not to relocate any federal agencies to Panama City, the News Herald reported. More from the AP.
Hotel to get new life under upscale brand
The Hotel Indigo in downtown Fort Myers will be converted into an upscale hotel under Hilton’s Tapestry Collection, part of several hotel and connected projects in the River District. The project is a partnership between Sarasota-based construction management firm and commercial contractor Firmo Construction and Savannah-based HOS Management, according to a statement. The project calls for a full, top-to-bottom conversion of the eight-story property, the release adds.
Out of the Box
Elon Musk: Dig tunnels to solve Miami’s traffic jams.
As a solution to Miami’s notoriously congested traffic, Tesla Inc. founder Elon Musk is proposing to dig tunnels with The Boring Company, one of his many business ventures. Experts say the idea would be costly and is fraught with engineering obstacles, but it’s not outright crazy. Musk, who also founded SpaceX and Neuralink, tweeted that he spoke with Gov. Ron DeSantis about the idea earlier this month.
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