Wednesday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
› Darryl Shaw to lead $40 Million Capital Campaign for The Florida Aquarium
The Florida Aquarium announced today that developer Darryl Shaw will lead the non-profit’s upcoming $40 million capital campaign, called Sea Change. The campaign is the Aquarium’s largest since its opening in 1995. Last year, the Aquarium unveiled plans for a major expansion that will include several exciting new experiences, most notably a grand outdoor California sea lion habitat.
› Florida's Gold Coast is getting a new luxury resort
Florida's notoriously beautiful and vacation-perfect Gold Coast will welcome a notable addition to its impressive lineup of resorts geared toward luxury travelers. Shell Bay, located along the Intracoastal Waterway north of Miami, will open its doors in 2025, treating guests to luxe amenities such as a private yacht club with a 48-slip marina and a Greg Norman–designed championship golf course. The forthcoming Auberge Resorts Collection property, set on 130 acres, will also have 108 upscale residences.
› Jay’s Sandbar Food Boat, a Fort Lauderdale floating restaurant, returning to Intracoastal after major wreckage
After his floating restaurant capsized last spring on Fort Lauderdale’s sandbar, Jay Lycke sat inside his dark houseboat, brokenhearted, dreaming of the water and the jalapeño-stuffed gator bites he’d once served to hungry boaters. His loyal customers didn’t let Lycke wallow in self-pity for long. Days after Jay’s Sandbar Food Boat sank on May 8, 50 volunteers rushed in and helped dredge his twisted hulk of a wreckage off the sandbar. They hauled up ruined stoves and motors, busted deep-fryers and chest freezers brimming with spoiled food. Next, they donated $12,000 via GoFundMe as seed money toward a replacement.
› Sarasota-Manatee home appreciation still well above nation average, but now past the peak
For the first time in 21 months, national home appreciation figures did not increase by more than double digits late last year, posting a year-over-year increase of 8.6%, according to the CoreLogic Home Price Index. Sarasota-Manatee area's home price growth, according to data released in January by CoreLogic on November sales, came in at 19.6%, more than double the national average, but 1.16% below the housing market's peak price.
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