October 24, 2021

Friday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 9/10/2021

› Six Manatee County employees under investigation for favoritism allegations
Manatee County has placed six building department employees under administrative leave pending an investigation by the county clerk's Inspector General. The investigation relates to potential favoritism shown on possible construction code violations on an agriculturally zoned property in Myakka City.

› Redwire stock jumps on first day of trading
Other than the new name, nothing really changed when Redwire Corp. began trading Sept. 3 under that moniker. Still, the stock jumped higher on its first trading day as Redwire. Jacksonville-based space technology company Redwire agreed in March to merge with Genesis Park Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company formed to find a merger target.

› Tampa’s Straz Center delays $25 million request from city amid budget talks
Back in January, officials from the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts presented a proposal to City Council members for the city’s Downtown Community Redevelopment Area to provide $25 million to help fund the art center’s expansion plans. The five City Council members present — Luis Viera and Charlie Miranda were absent — didn’t raise any strong objections. Several sung the praises of the project. Now, it’s budget crunch time.

› SeaWorld extends beer fest, last call for Meliá event
SeaWorld’s brew fest got an extension ahead of its final weekend, but it’s the last call for a Meliá celebration. Originally slated to end Sept. 12, the Craft Beer Festival — featuring more than 100 craft beers, wines, seltzers and cocktails — now runs Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 31 at SeaWorld Orlando.

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