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South Florida ties to Jimmy Buffett Run Deep

Jimmy Buffett, the singer-songwriter who died at 76, has deep connections to South Florida, including a cruise ship branded with his song “Margaritaville,” based in Palm Beach County, and a resort in Hollywood. Next door to the port, developers want a Margaitaville-branded hotel. “It’ll be a hotel restaurant,” Riviera Beach Councilman Douglas Lawson said. “It’ll be a…

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Florida Finds: Depot Park a Local Gem

Downtown Gainesville’s signature outdoor gathering spot, the 32-acre Depot Park right at the junction of Depot Avenue and South Main Street, is hard to miss. In a way, it is Gainesville’s equivalent of New York’s Central Park. There’s something for everyone – regardless of age or physical ability. Runners, walkers, joggers, picnic-goers, families, including those…

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Coral Springs Downtown: New Plan Recommends Replacing Apartments with Townhouses

Earlier this month, Coral Springs approved a new “master plan” for the downtown area. It’s a state-required plan that offers ideas on improving the 136-acre downtown corridor in the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency district. The 479-page plan outlines concepts for redeveloping buildings and street intersections, including already-in-the-works projects such as the new apartments and retail…

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Downtown Arts District to Create Events Space in Unusual Orlando Location with Unique Construction Materials

The city of Orlando plans to provide funds to a new events space for the Downtown Arts District — one that’s slated to be a bit unusual due to its location and construction materials. Orlando’s Community Redevelopment Agency’s advisory board on Aug. 23 will consider a recommendation to provide $161,632 toward the costs of site…

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