Monday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
› Big Cat Rescue’s Carole Baskin announces new cryptocurrency and NFTs. Here’s what that means.
She’s launched a line of cheetah-print face masks, strutted on Dancing With the Stars and sold personalized videos of herself to fans via Cameo. Now Big Cat Rescue founder Carole Baskin is getting into cryptocurrency. Or as she calls it, “purr-ency.” Baskin announced the launch of $CAT, a new digital fan token for supporters of Big Cat Rescue. NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, are coming in a few weeks.
› Vendors optimistic about business as South Florida Fair kicks off
The South Florida Fair is back for the second time in just a few months. Local businesses hope the fair gives them a nice rebound from the pandemic. It’s the second time the fair has been hosted in less than six months and many vendors believe this run will be better than ever. The South Florida Fair has been hosted in January for more than 100 years, but for the first time, it's being held in May.
› Benderson Development buys a 28-store portfolio of grocery stores
East Manatee County-based real estate company Benderson Development, one of the largest retail landlords in the country, has acquired 28 Fred Meyer stores located throughout the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. The acquisition adds nearly 4.5 million square feet of properties to the company’s growing portfolio, which now totals over 45 million square feet, according to a statement.
› Area Businesses Looking To Benefit From Fort Lauderdale Air Show
The Air Show soared back into Fort Lauderdale this weekend and it’s expected to boost South Florida’s economy. “We feel this event will infuse money into the economy. People are starved for entertainment and the fact it is outside makes it more positive. We are expecting great weather and big crowds at the beach,” says Air Show spokesman Chris Dirato.
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