Wednesday’s Daily Pulse – Florida Trend

Wednesday’s Daily Pulse – Florida Trend

April 7, 2021 Off By administrator

As Florida theme parks hit capacity and add festivals, a return to normal predicted

Florida’s theme parks appear to be slowly returning to the normal state of long lines, new rides and food festivals meant to entice visitors back. At the height of spring break, Universal Orlando reached its still-limited capacity by midday the last few weeks, and Disney’s parks pass availability calendar is showing one or more of its theme parks “sold out” for almost the entire month of April and May. This leads people who closely watch the parks to predict that the summer of 2021 will be closer to normal. Touring Plans, a website that uses high-tech data to predict crowd sizes at Disney World and other theme parks, predicts a rebound. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]

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Cuba now open to Cuban American investors, ‘strengthening ties’

Cuba’s Ministry of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment is opening the door to Cuban Americans who want to participate in foreign investment projects as the island tries to jump-start its beleaguered economy and encourage Washington to loosen sanctions. Katia Alonso, the ministry’s director of foreign capital investments, told the Miami Herald by email in response to a list of questions that Cuba won’t reject potential business bids from Cuban Americans based on the sole fact that they live in the U.S. — something she said the law has never prohibited, though in the past exile entrepreneurs haven’t always been welcomed either. More from the Miami Herald and the Tampa Bay Times.

Piney Point crisis spurs talk of ‘permanent solution’ to cleaning, closing Florida’s phosphate ponds

Gov. Ron DeSantis pledged to find a “permanent solution to this longstanding issue” by not only closing Piney Point, but in dealing with other gypsum stacks that dot Central Florida’s landscape as a residue of the state’s $85 billion phosphate industry. If closing Piney Point would cost $200 million, doing so for 24 others could cost up to $5 billion. House Speaker Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor, Monday said he will ask the House Pandemics & Public Emergencies Committee to investigate Piney Point and begin discussions about DeSantis’ “permanent solution” for gypsum stack ponds. [Source: The Center Square]

Consumer privacy push in Florida limps forward

Big Data won a key concession from Florida lawmakers Tuesday when…

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