May 26, 2023

Tuesday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 2/7/2023

› Broward’s $2.9 billion transportation overhaul, explained
A workshop at the Broward County Commission provided a hyper-modern vision for Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, and a comparatively fuzzy one for solving the county’s issues with east-west traffic. Commissioners discussed a roster of five projects totaling $2.9 billion to overhaul the county’s public transportation. Plans include a new rail service connecting Downtown Fort Lauderdale to Miami-Dade, a sophisticated new transit nexus at the airport, and services for moving commuters from Broward’s suburbs to the busier coastline.

› Salvation Army, JEA working toward hydroponic produce container Downtown
Downtown could be a site for a hydroponic container farm to grow kale initially, and additional produce later, for Salvation Army participants and its food pantry. The Salvation Army of Northeast Florida and city utility JEA are working on a deal with Boston-based Freight Farms to grow produce in “a hydroponic, vertical farming environment” container called Greenery S. Freight Farms would set up a shipping container “smart farm” on a vacant lot at the Salvation Army campus and shelter.

› Sarasota sports pro returns to promote his latest endeavor
The day Mark Neifeld, the CEO and commissioner of the Sport Fishing Championship, helped bring in a 400 pound blue marlin on a fishing charter, his entire career changed. Neifeld's passion for saltwater fishing stemmed from growing up in the Sarasota-Bradenton area. Out of college, he went into the sports and entertainment industry starting out with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Since then, he’s gone on to work for the Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers.

› Viera official unveils vision for high-profile corporate park at Borrows West near I-95
During a February 2020 Melbourne Regional Chamber speech, Todd Pokrywa, president of The Viera Co., publicly announced plans to develop Borrows West, a future major "urban streetscape" area at the southwest quadrant of Interstate 95 and Viera Boulevard. Three years later, most of the lots across this 115-acre spread have been earmarked for construction or are under contract, Pokrywa said.

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