December 6, 2023

Tuesday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 1/31/2023

› North Port adapts to second-fastest growing city in US status
The city of North Port, which now boasts a population of 80,000 was ranked as the second-fastest growing city in the U.S. by Quicken Loans, behind Cape Coral/Fort Myers. North Port posted a 5.5% year-over-year population growth while Cape Coral/Fort Myers, with a population of 92,245, grew by 6.8% Four other Florida municipalities also made the top 10: No. 3 Winter Haven, No. 5 Port St. Lucie, No 6 Daytona Beach, and No. 9 Palm Bay.

› Tallahassee Community College creates its own charter school in a first for Florida
Tallahassee Community College has become the first state college to be approved for its own charter school by the Florida Department of Education under a new state program, the college has announced. The Florida Department of Education approved the college’s application to open a charter school and college officials said this fall a high school with a focus on STEM curriculum will open and include a dual enrollment program that will allow students to earn their high school diploma and associate of science at the same time.

› Miami-Dade’s Beacon Council, which recruits companies to the area, names new CEO
Miami-Dade Beacon Council, the county’s public-private economic development agency, hired Rodrick Miller as its chief executive to replace Michael Finney, the group’s former leader who died in April 2022. Miller, 45, most recently led Invest Puerto Rico, the island’s nonprofit economic development agency. Before that, he was at the helm of similar agencies in Detroit and New Orleans.

› Tampa loses control of historic Black cemetery. A property flipper now owns it.
The city of Tampa has been maintaining the 104-year-old segregation era Memorial Park Cemetery since its owner died in 2019 and the Black burial ground was abandoned. They hoped to officially take ownership of it earlier this month by placing a lien and foreclosing on the 20-acre property and then purchasing it at a county auction held about two weeks ago. But they were outbid in the blind auction process.

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