December 8, 2021

Friday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 9/17/2021

› Restaurant workers at Orlando airport may soon vote on joining a union
After more than two years of organizing and seeing hundreds of colleagues laid off or furloughed during the pandemic, restaurant workers at Orlando International Airport will soon be able to vote for unionization, union leaders said. Jeremy Haicken, an organizer with Unite Here, said airport concessionaire HMSHost reached out to organizers Wednesday, and the talks were “very productive.”

› The TendedBar is open: Jacksonville-based company officially debuts automated bar at Jaguars game
Two brothers -- one the inventor, the other the entrepreneur -- have joined forces to make the process of getting a mixed drink at Jaguars' home games a little less time-consuming and a lot more convenient. TendedBar, a portable, 10-foot-long dispenser of beverages that can hold 10 liquors (20 liters per type) and 18 mixers at a time, was first tested at the VyStar Arena at 2019 Ice Men games, the Jaguars preseason game against Cleveland and most recently last week's Saints-Packers game.

› New 138-room hotel in the works south of SeaWorld Orlando
A new 138-room hotel is in the works just 2 miles south of SeaWorld Orlando. Altamonte Springs-based Three Eagles Hospitality LLC filed plans with Orange County for the new hotel that appears to be an Extended Stay America, which is a brand of Charlotte, North Carolina-based Extended Stay America Inc.

› Nonprofit organization elected CEO as chair
Lighthouse Vision Loss Education Center, Sarasota, recently elected its CEO, Lisa Howard, as chair of the Florida Agencies Serving the Blind (FASB). The center, with over $4.5 million in assets, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization designed to educate and empower those affected by vision loss in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, DeSoto and Highlands Counties.

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