December 10, 2023

Thursday's Daily Pulse

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| 6/1/2023

› Funky Buddha founders to buy back brewery, celebrate 10 years & upgrade with distillery
On the eve of their milestone 10th anniversary party, the founders of Oakland Park’s Funky Buddha Brewery have equally big news — and big future plans. Even as they’re preparing for 10 days of festivities ahead, brothers KC and Ryan Sentz have announced they’re officially buying back their brand from beer behemoth Constellation Brands.

› Year delay adds to cost of South Dade Transitway
Add $3.7 million to the cost of the South Dade Transitway, one of the six corridors of the Strategic Miami Area Rapid Transit (Smart) Plan and the only corridor already under construction. A one-year delay to begin Transitway operation announced a year ago as supply chain issues choked off concrete, steel and fiber strands needed for the communications and technology systems along the 20-mile corridor has triggered additional cost for other work.

› UPS exec on automation, expansion and the supply chain in Jacksonville
When UPS President of Global Government Affairs Michael Kiely spoke to JAXUSA Partnership members in March, he said the parcel delivery and logistics company’s expansion in Jacksonville came down to workforce and “location, location, location.” “Florida is one of the fastest if not the fastest-growing state in the country. Jacksonville is one of the fastest-growing parts of the state. And that’s where our investment dollars are going to go,” Kiely told the audience at the JAXUSA meeting March 28.

› Meet the new director of St. Petersburg’s The James Museum
The James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art has a new executive director: Cambridge art historian Robin Nicholson. He starts on June 1. Nicholson was selected to helm the museum after former director Laura Hine resigned to focus on education advancement full time. She announced her resignation in November but stayed on through the spring.

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