April 20, 2024

Tuesday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 12/5/2023

› Margaritaville at Sea expands with a bigger ship: Here’s where it will go
Margaritaville at Sea announced plans for its newest ship, but it won’t be sailing from any of South Florida’s three ports. The Margaritaville at Sea Islander — a rechristened Costa Cruises ship purchased earlier this year by the Riviera Beach-based budget cruise line — will sail four- and five-night cruises from the Port of Tampa beginning June 14, according to a news release on Monday.

› Cost for fixing Duval school buildings could hit $3.9 billion, putting payment in question
The $1.9 billion slate of school repairs and construction that Duval County voters agreed in 2020 to help finance through a half-penny sales tax could end up costing $3.9 billion, school administrators now project. The sticker shock is being compounded by a forecast that tax revenues earmarked to pay for the 15-year worklist could fall $1.4 billion short of the new final price.

› Orlando Housing Authority tabs developers for public housing rebuild
Two development companies will work with the Orlando Housing Authority to replace six deteriorating public housing complexes with new, higher-density residential communities, GrowthSpotter reported, including the pollution-plagued Griffin Park next to Interstate 4. Miami-based Related Urban Construction and New York-based Property Markets Group were recently awarded bids to deliver thousands of units to a total of 125 acres across Orange County at a time when nearly 15,000 people are on a list awaiting affordable options.

› Jacksonville receives $500K for creation of autism center
A Precision Autism Center of Excellence in Jacksonville was among 10 new projects to receive strategic funding from the University of Florida, the President’s Office announced Monday. The $500,000 allocated over a year to help create the center will expand the clinical capacity for the diagnostic evaluation, management and treatment of children and adults with neurodevelopmental disorders.

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