Thursday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
› Lawmakers break Florida’s improvement streak in latest ‘Judicial Hellholes’ report
For the first time in four years, Florida failed to improve its “judicial hellhole” standing. The holdup? The Florida Legislature. In the latest edition of its annual Judicial Hellhole Report, the American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) says the Legislature has done little to mitigate lawsuit abuse in the Sunshine State even after Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Supreme Court have made strides in improving the state’s litigious environment.
› Holiday in Berlin? Norse Atlantic starting flights from Fort Lauderdale
South Florida holiday travelers with appetites for reveling in Europe will get their first chance to fly nonstop Wednesday to Berlin from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport aboard the new discount carrier Norse Atlantic Airways. The airline’s inaugural flight to the capital of Germany is scheduled to take off about 11 p.m. for a 9-hour 40-minute journey. Transatlantic flights are a rarity for the Broward County airport, which usually is the scene of U.S. domestic flights as well as north-south international trips to and from the Caribbean, Latin America and Canada.
› Fancier breakfast spots rise and shine across Orlando
The business of breakfast and brunch that goes beyond bacon and eggs is wide awake in Orlando. First Watch is on track to open more than 40 restaurants this year, including three in the Orlando area. Another is in the works to open at 3150 N. Orange Blossom Trail in Kissimmee in early next year. Denny’s scooped up Orlando-founded Keke’s Breakfast Cafe earlier this year for $82.5 million and plans to speed up opening more of those restaurants. And now, North Carolina’s Famous Toastery has its eyes on expansion in Florida.
› Miami-Dade Courthouse opening target January 2024
Completion of the new Miami-Dade County Courthouse, in theory at least, is scheduled for Jan. 24, 2024, according to Alex A. Alfonso, acting assistant director of the Miami-Dade Internal Services Department. The exact project completion date continues to be negotiated, Mr. Alfonso said, “and has not been finalized.”
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