December 8, 2021

Thursday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 9/23/2021

› National law firm expands services in Sarasota following the addition of a new attorney
A well-known law firm is in the midst of expanding its Sarasota office after announcing the addition of attorney Michael McKinley. The firm, Shumaker, will now offer public policy and government affairs services. It’s also expanding the real estate and development teams.

› Olympic icon Katie Ledecky joining Florida swim program as volunteer coach
A swimming legend is joining the University of Florida program as a volunteer coach. The Gators announced on Wednesday that seven-time gold medalist Katie Ledecky will train for the 2024 Olympics in Gainesville and will help the program as a volunteer alongside head coach Anthony Nesty. “I’m excited to be a part of the University of Florida’s world-class swimming and diving program and train for the 2024 Olympics with Coach Anthony Nesty, and the top-tier mid-distance and distance training group,” Ledecky said in a statement.

› Brightline parent lists marquee downtown real estate holding for half a billion dollars
Brightline’s parent company, Florida East Coast Industries, is listing its marquee downtown real estate holding for $500 million — believed to be the largest multifamily asset for sale in the southeastern U.S. The property, ParkLine Miami, comprises a 44-story north tower and 47-story south tower for a total of 816 luxury residential units, built above Brightline’s MiamiCentral rail depot.

› Scaled-back Tampa Bay Marina renovation plans get port approval
A decade after the owners of a marina near the Howard Frankland Bridge first announced plans for renovation — and more than two years after those plans started coming into focus — Port Tampa Bay has signed off on a revised version of the project. The Tampa Bay Marina, located just south of the bridge at 205 S Hoover Blvd., in the Westshore area in Tampa, downscaled its plans for all-new docks in part because residents expressed concern about the possible noise, traffic and impact on anglers and kayakers.

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