September 17, 2021

Thursday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 6/24/2021

› Moishe Mana’s massive, long-dormant Wynwood project shows tiny sparks of life
Billionaire Moishe Mana’s long-dormant Mana Wynwood — a 23.5-acre project on the western edge of the neighborhood that would serve as a trade hub between China and Latin America as well as a massive center for arts and entertainment — is showing tiny sparks of life.

› Funded by Kickstarter, Jeff’s Bagel Run goes brick-and-mortar in Ocoee
Corporate America, Danielle Perera has left the building. “It had its perks,” says Perera — now manning the counters at Jeff’s Bagel Run, the spiffy, new shop in Ocoee she owns with husband, Jeff Perera — “But I didn’t wake up every day feeling intrinsically satisfied.” Now, she does. And in part, she has the community to thank.

› New limits on predictive dialers: Florida enacts its version of the TCPA
On April 1, 2021, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Facebook, Inc. v. Duguid, resolving a circuit split and establishing that in order for a dialing system to be considered an automatic telephone dialing system (ATDS) under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), it must have the “capacity to either store or produce a telephone number based on a random or sequential number generator.” However, this "win" for businesses has now been undercut as Florida's Legislature has unanimously passed CS/SB 1120. This bill updates the Florida Consumer Protection Law and the Florida Telemarketing Act and creates Florida's own version of the TCPA.

› Knight Arts Challenge grants are back. Up for grabs: $2 million for ‘your best idea’
Since 2008, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has invested $34 million in its Knight Arts Challenge, enabling artists and organizations large and solo to reshape the city’s cultural landscape. The challenge is back, this year with $2 million in grants in one of its largest ever open-call for ideas.

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