October 6, 2022

Wednesday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 5/25/2022

› Proposal for a new sports complex in East Gainesville headed to commission
After researching other Florida sports complexes, Gainesville city staff has unveiled a detailed proposal for a new sports complex in East Gainesville. It calls for a major expansion of the MLK Center, making it a two-story structure that could also handle multiple indoor sporting and community events along with a senior center wing.

› Flagler Village may get massive 1,100-unit apartment towers, rivaling city’s tallest
The burgeoning high rises of Fort Lauderdale’s Flagler Village are taking on a botanical connotation, including fighting each other to reach the sun. Ombelle, a proposed 493-foot dual-tower project with 1,100 apartments will be just six feet shorter than the city’s tallest, downtown’s 100 Las Olas condo building and nearby Alluvian luxury rental tower at the New River. Both slot in at 499 feet, a foot under the FAA’s local limit of 500 feet.

› Selby Foundation awards Selby Gardens $250,000 grant for renovation of historic Palm Avenue
The William G. and Marie Selby Foundation has awarded Marie Selby Botanical Gardens a $250,000 grant to assist with the renovation of historic Palm Avenue as part of the Gardens’ Master Plan for its Downtown Sarasota campus. The preservation and enhancement of Palm Avenue is a core component of Phase One, which is now under construction and scheduled for completion in August.

› Florida Theatre building a VIP hospitality area
The renovation of the Florida Theatre is taking another step with work on its second floor at 128 E. Forsyth St. Downtown. The city issued a building permit May 20 for Auld & White Constructors LLC to build-out the space at a job cost of $1.1 million. The project is the next phase of the $10 million renovation announced in July 2019 that is scheduled to be completed in time for the historic venue’s centennial celebration in 2027.

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