April 20, 2024

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| 12/8/2023

› Universal reveals Epic hotel names, details for 2 resorts
Universal Orlando has announced the names and additional details for two hotels that will operate adjacent to the upcoming Epic Universe theme park. They will be known as Universal Stella Nova Resort and Universal Terra Luna Resort. The hotels will have 750 rooms each, and that will bring Universal Orlando’s total room count to 10,500. The new resorts are scheduled to open in early 2025 with Stella Nova on Jan. 21 and Terra Luna debuting Feb. 25. The park has been earmarked for a debut by the summer of 2025.

› YouTube star Cleetus McFarland raises concern of rapid development in East Manatee County
YouTube star Cleetus McFarland is raising awareness about the amount of development creeping closer to his East Manatee County racetrack, the Freedom Factory. McFarland, whose real name is Garrett Mitchell, is a popular YouTube influencer known for videos about his automotive endeavors. Most of them take place at the Freedom Factory, which McFarland purchased in 2020.

› See how a landmark Coral Gables theater changed through the years. It’s hit a milestone
The Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables turned 75 this year. Now, arts institution, which has hosted Actors’ Playhouse productions for nearly 30 of its years, is ready to celebrate with an open house on Dec. 9. The Miracle isn’t alone in its milestone. Also turning 75 this year: 2023 Kennedy Center Honors recipient and comedian Billy Crystal, rock icons Stevie Nicks and Ozzy Osbourne, and the British monarchy’s King Charles III.

› Miracle on University: Christmas-themed pop-up bar lifting holiday spirits in Gainesville
A new Christmas-themed pop-up bar in downtown Gainesville is hoping to make the holidays a little bit merrier this year. The Miracle on University is taking over the inside of Cry Baby's and Baby J's, 1 W. University Ave., most nights through Dec. 30. Complete with over-the-top decorations, music and holiday-themed drinks, Miracle describes itself as offering "the nostalgic energy of the best office party you've ever been to," according to its website.

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