Wednesday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
› Micanopy businesses 'targeted' for displaying pride flag
A few business owners in Micanopy say they are being targeted and discriminated against by town officials and some locals for showing support for the LGBTQ community. One of the businesses has since closed up shop, citing concerns for their safety.
› TaxSlayer extends Gator Bowl agreement
The Gator Bowl Sports board of trustees and TaxSlayer, the title sponsor of the Gator Bowl game since 2012, announced Jan. 24 the extension of the naming agreement through 2027. The renewal makes TaxSlayer the longest-tenured entitlement sponsor in Gator Bowl Sports history. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
› SpaceX performs Starship and Super Heavy wet dress rehearsal
SpaceX let the cryogenic fuel flow into a fully stacked Starship and Super Heavy to prove it could handle a full load of propellant Monday. The first-time full wet dress rehearsal sent more than 10 million pounds of liquid methane and liquid oxygen into the combined booster and Starship at SpaceX’s Starbase test launch facility in Boca Chica, Texas.
› Shark's Tooth Festival to return to Venice
Venice MainStreet is bringing back the Venice Shark Tooth Festival, which has been absent the past three years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The family-friendly festival, which started in August 1992 as a way to bring people to Venice in the off season, had most recently been hosted as an April event at the Venice Airport Festival Grounds. This year, the festival is scheduled for April 22-23 at Centennial Park.
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