October 2, 2023

Thursday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 9/22/2022

› Disney’s ‘blue sky’ ideas keep fans guessing on parks’ plans
Sometime in the next decade, Disney World visitors could venture into Maleficent’s castle or sit down for a meal in the village of Santa Cecilia from Pixar’s 2017 film “Coco” — but Disney could also scrap plans long before the first guest sets foot inside. In an unusual move for the company, Disney executives pitched early-concept, or “blue sky,” prospective additions to Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom theme parks during the D23 fan expo in California earlier this month.

› Port Tampa Bay increasing parking fees, tariffs on cruise passengers
Port Tampa Bay will raise tariffs on more than a dozen services over the next few years, including fees on parking, cruise ships and passengers. Port commissioners on Tuesday approved the 13 tariff hikes — the most in one year since 2014 — following an annual review of its finances and fees at other ports around the Gulf Coast and Southeast.

› JAA negotiating with Scannell Properties to build $26 million Boeing facility
Scannell Properties is seeking to build a $26 million component repair, maintenance and warehouse facility at Cecil Airport for The Boeing Co. Scannell would lease the property from the Jacksonville Aviation Authority. Approval of a ground lease for 18.3 acres to Scannell is on the JAA board’s Sept. 26 meeting agenda, which was circulated Sept. 20.

› Fort Lauderdale’s legendary pools by the beach reopen after a 3-year makeover
Most of you have heard about Fort Lauderdale’s famous dive tower by now. But the 27-meter platform — the tallest in the western hemisphere at nearly nine stories — is just part of the big news. Last week, the city reopened the pools at its Aquatic Center, recently renovated to the tune of $47 million. It was a long wait. The pools — just south of East Las Olas Boulevard and a block from the beach at 501 Seabreeze Blvd. — closed in April 2019. But they opened right on time in mid-September.

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