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1. Disney World increases annual pass price, unveils new ticket pricing system with flexible dates

It's a small (and slightly more flexible) world after all.

On Tuesday, Walt Disney World's new date-based ticket pricing system went into effect. Under the new plan, prices vary based on the particular day. Single-day tickets will range from $109 to $129, depending on how popular the day is expected to be.

Disney's new interactive online calendar shows guests how much a ticket will cost per day based on how many days they plan to explore the parks and when their visit begins. Busier days have higher prices.

Disney officials said this new system will allow them to better disperse attendance during the year.

"As our parks continue to increase in popularity, this new pricing model is part of our broader efforts to better spread attendance throughout the year and is intended to help us improve and deliver a great experience for our guests," Disney officials said in a company blog post.

2. U.S. Small Business Administration opens red tide recovery center in Collier

The U.S. Small Business Administration opened a recovery center Tuesday in Collier County for businesses affected by Southwest Florida's algae crisis.

The center, located at the CareerSource Southwest Florida office, 3050 Horseshoe Drive N., Suite 110, will offer in-person assistance for businesses, cooperatives and non-profit organizations that may have seen detrimental financial affects from red tide or other toxic algae.

Other similar business recovery centers have opened in Lee, Pasco, Manatee, Pinellas and Sarasota counties.  

Office hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. 

3. Port Royal home owned by CEO of gold mine hits the market for nearly $20 million

A Port Royal estate owned by a CEO of a gold mine just hit the market for nearly $20 million.

The nine-bedroom, 8½-bath single-family home at 500 Admiralty Parade spans 10,000 square feet.

Built in 2016 by BCB and designed by John Cooney, of Stofft Cooney Architects, the sleek contemporary two-story home includes a European white oak floating staircase, an all-glass wine room, and a spacious pool and spa area overlooking Naples’ Doubloon Bay.

Michael Lawler of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty has the listing that hit the MLS on Thursday.  

The home is owned by Peter and Jane Marrone. 

Marrone is the founder of Yamana Gold, a major gold, silver and copper producer from mines in the Americas that is headquartered in Canada and employs more than 9,000 people. 

After just two years of living at the estate, the Marrones have decided to put the house up for sale and find another home closer to the beach.

 

 

 

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