May 9, 2021

Tuesday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 2/23/2021

› Saying goodbye to a historic Lido motel
Built in 1950, the Gulf Beach Resort Motel was one of the first motels on Lido Key, part of the post-World War II motel construction boom that catered to Sarasota’s growing tourism industry. In January, it was purchased for $23.5 million by the Ronto Group, a Naples-based development firm, which plans to replace it with a beachfront luxury condominium tower.

› Small Florida credit union launches new loan program for small businesses
Sheilah Montgomery, president/CEO of the $24.1 million Florida A&M University Federal Credit Union, tells members looking to open a small business not to work for money, but to work for their passion, and then the money will come. “If you’re passionate about your business, you will be successful,” Montgomery said. “What we provide is just the resources that make it happen. If your heart is in it, I promise you that you will succeed.”

› ChappellRoberts promotes principal to president
ChappellRoberts has promoted Christine Turner to president of the Tampa-based advertising and branding agency, the latest move in a long-term succession plan. Turner has for years worked as a principal at the firm, leading strategy, branding and new business development while managing several key departments. As president, she will direct “all facets of agency operations and growth,” the firm notes.

› Doc’s All American in Delray Beach might still make a comeback. But when?
If you miss Doc’s All American — the Delray Beach staple that closed earlier this month after 70 years of serving up ice cream and burgers — don’t despair. There’s a chance the landmark will open again, with a serious facelift. All you have to do is wait until 2023. Possibly.

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