Tuesday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
› American Stage’s ‘Dutchman’ makes history in St. Petersburg
American Stage is presenting “Dutchman” for its last production of the season. And because it is being directed by Erica Sutherlin, the production makes history for American Stage as its first directed by a Black woman. Sutherlin said she is happy to have the opportunity, but she’s had many firsts in Tampa Bay’s theater scene. Still, it is a long time coming.
› Oakland Park’s first meadery serving honey wine and cider, Brewlihan, to open in July
Inside a honeycomb of Oakland Park warehouses, John and Stacey Hoolihan are modernizing a medieval beverage best associated with Vikings, Renaissance fairs and “Game of Thrones” — mead. Brewlihan Mead Co., the first commercial meadery in Broward and Palm Beach counties, is expected to debut by the end of July, five blocks west of North Dixie Highway, adding to the city’s growing cluster of craft-beer bars, breweries and distilleries.
› Pets become casualties in Central Florida’s rental crisis
With rental housing costs in Florida up 38% year-over-year and the average one-bedroom apartment in Orlando now running over $2,000 a month, Orange County Animal Services has issued an “urgent” plea to residents to spay and neuter their pets to slow the onslaught of animals being surrendered by their owners.
› Biomanufacturing company launches Sarasota location
A Boca Raton-based biomanufacturing company has expanded to Sarasota and plans to establish its roots in the community. Biotechnology Akron Bio, which manufactures materials for use in vaccines and therapies, opened a 54,000-square-foot Sarasota research and development center earlier this year.
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