May 18, 2024

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| 2/3/2023

› Tesla to build 3rd Central Florida dealership in Kissimmee
Electric carmaker Tesla is planning to build its second new dealership in as many years in Central Florida, this time in Kissimmee, according to a report in GrowthSpotter. The Elon Musk-led company currently operates one dealership in Maitland/Eatonville and is building a second on State Road 50 in Clermont. The third would go on South Orange Blossom Trail near Osceola Parkway in Kissimmee. The location is nine miles south of The Florida Mall, where Tesla has a showroom.

› University of Florida students, faculty plan to protest Monday as Sasse begins presidency
Incoming University of Florida President Ben Sasse will be greeted by protestors Monday afternoon outside the school's administration building as he officially takes the helm of the top-5 public university. In a press release announcing the protest, which is planned for 2 p.m. outside Tigert Hall at 300 SW 13th St., the coalition of UF students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members are demanding that Sasse commits to a series of initiatives.

› Miami Herald executive editor named to oversee all large newsrooms for parent company McClatchy
Monica Richardson, executive editor of the Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald, has been named vice president of news for large markets for parent company McClatchy. Richardson will oversee all news operations for McClatchy’s six largest newsrooms, including the Herald. Kristin Roberts, McClatchy’s chief content officer, made the announcement Wednesday.

› Mount Dora Arts Festival returns for 48th annual event
The streets of downtown Mount Dora will soon be filled with artists’ booths and thousands of visitors as an annual art tradition returns. The Mount Dora Arts Festival is back for its 48th annual event Feb. 4-5 with around 300 artists showing painting, sculpture, clay, mixed media, photography, jewelry and more. The event also features a kid zone, festival food, adult beverages and live entertainment throughout the weekend. What has become a nationally-ranked festival drawing tens of thousands of visitors and artists from around the country started with humble beginnings in 1975 with a group of art-loving citizens.

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