December 11, 2023

Thursday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 6/8/2023

› Chinese citizens file emergency motion to block Florida law
Attorneys for a group of Chinese citizens who live and work in Florida have filed an emergency motion in federal court to block a new law that bans Chinese nationals from purchasing property near military installations or critical infrastructure facilities. The Chinese citizens in the lawsuit say they will experience a constitutional injury, unwarranted stigma and significant financial harms if the measure (SB 264) goes into effect on July 1, according to a motion filed Tuesday night in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida.

› As popularity of craft beer keeps soaring, Florida brewer praises UF hops research
Lucas Frank started brewing beer at home in 2010 and in 2019, decided to change careers after working in health care for 20 years. He established his own business, Hiatus Brewing in Ocala in 2019. To make your own beer, you need hops. That’s where University of Florida researchers enter the picture. “I had heard about Florida-grown hops as a home brewer and used them for the first time in 2018,” said Frank. “As a home brewer, it was exciting to be able to pick hops off the bine and then brew with them the same day.”

› Sarasota ranked among best Florida cities for vacation thanks to hotels, restaurants, beaches
Sarasota's great selection of hotels and restaurants has placed the city among the best in Florida for a family vacation. The index study released by today, June 7, ranks Orlando as the top destination for family fun, thanks to its 67 water and amusement parks. Tampa placed second, followed by Sarasota. The study notes that Sarasota has an average 8.17 out of 10 hotel rating and that there are 678 restaurants for tourists to enjoy while visiting.

› Hyatt Place Melbourne Airport 'fly-in hotel' offers rooftop terrace, bar next to airfield
Dozens of people jammed the ground-floor lobby for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly built Hyatt Place Melbourne Airport "fly-in hotel" just west of the passenger terminal, right along the airport perimeter fencing. Afterward, attendees ascended elevators to the hotel's breezy fifth-floor rooftop bar for pizza, meatball appetizers and wine. The terrace affords sweeping views of airfield activities: Melbourne Orlando International Airport's runways; FIT Aviation's fleet and facilities; Northrop Grumman's campus; Embraer's cluster of buildings.

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