December 7, 2022

Thursday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 8/11/2022

› SpaceX performs hot fire tests on Starship and super heavy, this time without a fireball
An orbital launch of SpaceX’s new massive rocket is getting closer to reality with the company firing up its new engines for launch pad hot fires of both a super heavy booster and Starship prototype. The company performed the two separate hot fires at its Boca Chica, Texas site Starbase on Monday posting images and video to its social media of the dialed-back tests.

› City permits $3.97 million canopy replacement at Jacksonville International Airport
New canopy coverage is approved at Jacksonville International Airport’s drop-off and pickup lanes. The city approved a permit Aug. 9 for Balfour Beatty Construction LLC to replace the fabric canopy and rehabilitate the support structure on the upper and lower terminal roadways at a cost of almost $3.97 million.

› This New York restaurant with impossible reservations is opening a spot in South Beach
A pair of famous New York restaurants are trading places in Miami Beach. Rao’s, the 10-table, East Harlem Italian restaurant with more than 100 years of tradition and year-long waits for reservations, is taking over for Lure Fishbar inside the Loews Miami Beach Hotel, according to hotel a spokesperson. This will be the fourth Rao’s location, after Harlem, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Rao’s Miami Beach will open in early 2023.

› Tampa, St. Petersburg leadership development firms to merge
One Tampa Bay leadership development firm is acquiring another in a deal aimed at developing women leaders around the world. The McGuckin Group, based in St. Petersburg, has acquired Key Associates, Inc., a longtime executive talent development firm based in Tampa. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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In the parking lot of an abandoned grocery store, a food drive meets needs
In the parking lot of an abandoned grocery store, a food drive meets needs

Over the course of the morning, volunteers will hand out boxes full of produce and pantry items. More than 300 people will walk — or drive — away with cartons of eggs and gallons of milk, bread and pastries and cereal. They’ll leave with bags of bananas, and apples and meats that they’ll feed to their families.

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