December 8, 2021

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› Jacksonville and Nashville on different tracks for luxury hotel
In downtown Nashville, Tenn., construction is in the final stretch for a 40-story tower that will be a Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences when it opens in early 2022 near the Cumberland River. The view from the top of the tower will overlook a bustling downtown where 15,000 people live in the heart of "Music City," an entertainment and restaurant scene that helped Nashville land a regional headquarters for Amazon and a planned campus for Oracle. Jacksonville, which often compares itself to Nashville as a peer city, might become a Four Seasons city as well.

› ‘Dolphin Tale’ producer to make four Lifetime movies in Tampa Bay
Move over Hallmark, make room for Lifetime. The Tampa Bay area has emerged as a hub for Hallmark romance movies. Three have been shot here since 2019. Now, the region is set to become a hub for thrillers being made for the Lifetime channel. One Lifetime movie is already being shot and three more will be made in Pinellas County over the next few months.

› As scandal roils Miami City Hall, Mayor Suarez stays away from the limelight
Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, ambitious and eager to bask in the national spotlight, would rather not talk about City Hall right now. His brash, hand-picked police chief is alleging deep-seated corruption by some of the city’s powerful commissioners and claiming to have gone to the feds. Commissioners, in turn, have been slamming Miami’s new top cop in public, using a series of at times bizarre televised hearings to accuse Chief Art Acevedo of egomaniacal behavior and outline just how little vetting was done while luring the new chief away from his job in Houston.

› Thousands flock Lake Eola as Come Out With Pride makes triumphant return
The 2021 Come Out With Pride festival returned to Lake Eola Park for its 17th edition after the COVID-19 pandemic made last year’s festivities mostly virtual with some in-person events. The main attraction, the pride parade throughout Downtown Orlando, was attended by thousands gathered along miles of sidewalks guiding the parade route.

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