Thursday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
› Pompano’s Festival Market gains apparent reprieve from demolition
The sprawling Festival Market in Pompano Beach, once destined to be sold this year and demolished in favor of a warehouse distribution center, has not changed hands — and a deal is far from a certainty, the owner said Tuesday Last summer, the popular market destination for shoppers and tourists at 2900 W. Sample Road appeared headed for an unspecified date with demolition crews. That was after IDI Logistics of Atlanta was to have bought the site from Yoram Izhak of the North Miami Beach investment firm IMC Equity Group.
› $73 million Miami International Airport bid nets $94 million payout
Procurement to run a Miami International Airport baggage system for which the former contract was enmeshed in scandal took a problematic new twist as commissioners approved a $94 million deal with the same bidder, who had asked $73 million for the job. The increase of more than $21 million from the bid in May 2020 to final commission unanimous approval Nov. 15 took a circuitous route as county officials ranked and scored offers, decided to negotiate with the two top proposers, then requested better offers and discovered that both firms when asked for better bids raised prices about 15%.
› Florida Aquarium breaks ground on Coral Care Complex
The Florida Aquarium has broken ground on a new coral care complex at its conservation campus in Apollo Beach. The 4,200-square-foot facility will provide additional space beyond the aquarium’s existing coral greenhouses and coral spawning laboratories. The overall complex will encompass 9,000 square feet dedicated to preserving, breeding and rearing corals that are rapidly declining along Florida’s Coral Reef, according to the aquarium.
› Epcot unveils lineup for Broadway concert series during 2023 arts festival
Walt Disney World has revealed the singers set to perform during the Disney on Broadway concert series, part of the Epcot International Festival of the Arts, which begins Jan. 13. The 12 entertainers all have experience with Disney stage productions such as “Frozen,” “Aladdin,” “The Lion King” and “Tarzan.” Each evening will spotlight two singers appearing in three sessions.
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