Thursday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
› Storied law firm names new president
Williams Parker, one of the most storied law firms in the region, recently announced a transition in the role of firm president. Mike Wilson, a partner with the firm and member of its management committee since 2009, is the new president. Wilson replaces Ric Gregoria, who has been firm president for six years, serving two terms. Gregoria, with a practice at Williams Parker that focuses on wealth and business succession matters for high net worth individuals, families and business owners, will remain with the firm.
› Peru steel mill acquires Florida shredder
Aceros Arequipa has moved into the US with the acquisition of a shredder and feeder scrap yard in the Tampa, Florida, area as the Peruvian steelmaker looks to secure raw material for its expanded mill. Aceros Arequipa declined to specify the companies it acquired, but US market sources confirmed that the two major facilities in the deal were previously owned by Maine-based Grimmel Industries.
› Miami Beach sees pedestrian future for Ocean Drive
Miami Beach has applied for a county permit to keep Ocean Drive pedestrianized, but the short-term future of the iconic road is still up for debate. In May 2020 the county approved temporary closure of Ocean Drive to vehicular traffic, Miami Today reported, and a final configuration will be explored as part of the Art Deco Cultural District preliminary concept plan by Zyscovich Architects that is to be complete by December.
› Whataburger on the way to Mandarin
The Ferber Co. is preparing for a Whataburger development at 10600 San Jose Blvd. at a former Wells Fargo branch location that is being demolished. The city is reviewing civil engineering plans and a permit application for the $2.37 million construction of a 3,751-square-foot Whataburger on 1.38 acres at southwest San Jose Boulevard and Hartley Road.
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