September 17, 2021

Tuesday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 6/22/2021

› Southern rock to Miami sound: A look at Florida's most influential musicians
Before he was singing the praises of Georgia, singer and pianist Ray Charles was honing his craft in Tampa and other Florida towns. And Southern Rock was born in the Sunshine State, thanks to the Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd and other bands that formed in Jacksonville. Don't forget South Florida's influence either, from the fresh sound of a Boca Raton songstress to the Miami sound in the 1980s including hip hop legend Luther Campbell, whose stand for free speech helped all musicians forever thereafter.

› McClellan Park School is gone; dispute over Sarasota’s historic preservation isn’t over
Months after the contentious demolition of the McClellan Park School site, loopholes revealed in the city’s preservation processes continue to fuel residents’ fight to protect Sarasota’s historic architecture. In March, the city’s Historic Preservation Board was upset when city staff granted an administrative waiver that dismissed the board from reviewing the site’s demolition request.

› Answer coming on whether USS Orleck becomes downtown Jacksonville ship museum
A Jacksonville group's quest to bring a Navy ship to downtown Jacksonville as a floating museum has had its ups and downs the past 11 years, but after a global pandemic and then a hurricane that broke the USS Orleck free from its Louisiana dock, local boosters are hoping to have the ship here by Veterans Day.

› Forts and bricks: How the military and industry evolved in early Pensacola
Throughout the colonial period, countries such as Spain, Great Britain and France fought over Pensacola, primarily because of its deepwater port. At the time, Pensacola Bay was the deepest natural port along the entire northern Gulf of Mexico, and this would play a key role in its history. When the United States acquired Pensacola in 1821, its military significance only grew, and this also would impact the local economy.

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