October 19, 2021

Wednesday's Daily Pulse

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› 10 Brevard County sports events in line to receive tourism grants
Ten local sports events expected to attract out-of-county visitors are in line to receive county grants, funded by a 5% tax levied on hotel rooms and other short-term rentals. The Brevard County Tourist Development Council and its Sports Committee both unanimously approved the grants, which goes before the Brevard County Commission on Nov. 9 for final approval.

› Boat retailer adds private jet company executive to board
MarineMax, one of the nation’s leading boat sellers, has elected air travel industry executive Adam Johnson to its board of directors. Johnson, a licensed pilot, is the chairman and CEO of NetJets Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway company that offers private jet travel solutions via its fleet of 760 airplanes worldwide. According to a press release, he’s been with the firm for 25 years and has held numerous senior leadership roles.

› “Disappointing.” Study finds racial disparity in St. Petersburg business contracts
City Council Chair Ed Montanari said it was like getting a report card with a big red “F” on it. On Thursday, St. Petersburg City Council reviewed the results of a disparity study it commissioned back in 2018. The council wanted to know how much business the city gives to minority- and women-owned firms.

› Curbside recycling suspended in Jacksonville so haulers can handle trash, yard waste
Jacksonville will suspend curbside recycling collection starting next week so short-staffed trash haulers can focus on picking up household trash and yard waste, Mayor Lenny Curry said Monday. The city will open 14 drop-off sites that will still take recyclable material from dawn to sundown beginning Oct. 4, but items left curbside at people's homes — including material in recycling bins — will be collected like trash on regular trash-collection days.

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