Wednesday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Businesses can make their own mask rules in Florida. What to expect at the store
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has suspended all COVID-19 orders issued across the state, including mask mandates. Does that mean you can be maskless again? It’s complicated. Under the new law, every business is allowed to make its own COVID-19 safety rules. This means that while some stores or restaurants might not require masks, others will. Walmart and Target, for example, are still requiring their employees and customers to wear a mask. More from the Miami Herald.
Two Tampa Bay area restaurant chains add new locations despite industry challenges to find employees
As pandemic restrictions loosen and people feel more comfortable wandering out in public, two local restaurant chains have announced expansion plans. Big Storm Brewing Co. and SoFresh both plan to add new locations later this year. Big Storm is planning an 11,000-square-foot taproom and restaurant in Ybor City. This will be the Clearwater-based brewer’s fifth location, according to a statement. And Tampa-based SoFresh will open in Tampa's Carrolwood neighborhood. More from the Business Observer.
‘It’s time:’ 3 sleek towers expected to breathe life into downtown Hollywood
Three new luxury apartment towers are expected to transform Young Circle in Hollywood, breathing life into a burgeoning urban scene but doing away with a landmark building in the process. Developer BTI Partners of Fort Lauderdale plans to build 1,030 downtown apartments. The Bread Building, an 11-story landmark built in 1969, and an aging strip center will be knocked down to make way for all three towers on the eastern side of the circle, the last piece to finally get its long-awaited makeover. More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Miami International Airport offering COVID-19 vaccines to Florida passengers, employees
Starting Monday, anyone who lives or works in Florida will be able to receive a COVID-19 vaccine while waiting for their next flight at Miami International Airport. So can airport employees, their family and friends. First-dose Pfizer vaccinations will be available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, May 10, through Friday, May 14, at two different locations in the airport: More from the Miami Herald.
Manatee County considers taking focus off automobiles in transportation plan
Manatee County commissioners discussed potential changes to the county’s transportation network on Tuesday afternoon during a workshop, including a shift to a “complete streets” model and potential addition of new roads to the plan. County officials presented a staff-proposed amendment to the county’s Traffic Circulation Plan to update county documents and reflect the current status of county, state and developer road improvements since the last thoroughfare plan amendment in 2014. More from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
Universal auditioning Halloween Horror Nights performers
Universal Orlando is accepting online audition submissions for positions for its Halloween Horror Nights event. The resort is looking for scareactors — performers who work in haunted houses and scare zones — and stilt walkers for the after-hours event, which kicks off at Universal Studios theme park Sept. 3. The deadline for submissions is May 9.
» More from the Orlando Sentinel.
Culinary entrepreneur Sherronda Daye understands all too well that Mother’s Day can be painful. She also knows that the divine combination of butter, sugar, eggs and flour can’t mend a broken heart — but that sweet goodness can encourage a smile. That’s why Daye, founder of the Miami-based dessert catering business Sweet Jalane’s, created the 100 Cakes in 10 Days project for Mother’s Day. For every cake ordered, Daye, who has partnered this year with the non-profit Miami Children’s Initiative, provides a cake to a family that has lost a child.
» Read more from the Miami Herald.
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