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Innisfree proposes tower on vacant Pensacola Beach lot

Innisfree Hotels is proposing building another new hotel on Pensacola Beach, marking the third large hotel development announced in recent months for the company.

The 215-room, $85 million project would be located on what’s now a vacant lot at 20 Via de Luna in the former site of the Clarion Suites Resort, which was irreparably damaged during Hurricane Ivan.

Rich Chism, Innisfree Hotels vice president of development and asset management, presented the initial design concept to the Santa Rosa Island Authority on Wednesday evening, though further approvals and a groundbreaking likely wouldn’t happen until at least fall. The conceptual plan

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Will COVID-19 force cancellation of Art Basel Miami Beach? A lot is riding on it

For 19 years, Art Basel Miami Beach has injected a jet-fueled blast into the local cultural and tourism calendar. The fair doesn’t just put a massive trove of world-class art on public display, but also draws mobs of some of the world’s richest people, fills hotels and restaurants, and, not incidentally, helps sustain Miami’s ongoing maturation as a global center for culture and commerce.

The contemporary-art fair has been canceled only once. What would have been the inaugural show was called off following the 9/11 attacks in 2001.

But, with five months to go, a big question hangs over the

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