Sunday, July 15, 2018

Business News

Tampa Marriott Waterside’s $40 million renovation aims for a ‘more approachable’ space
The Governor's Suite living room area at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina.  
[EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times]
TAMPA — The Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina opened in 2000 as a showpiece for the city, so how much updating could it really use?More than you might expect.The hotel is well into a $40 million renovation that is expected to be done by...
Cars pass through the Sun Pass toll lanes at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge toll booth plaza in St. Petersburg on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. [EVE EDELHEIT | Times]
SunPass is a mess. Florida could have seen it coming.
Florida's economy topped $1 trillion Friday. Pictured is a job fair in 2012. [MELISSA LYTTLE   |   Times, 2012]
Florida’s economy passes $1 trillion mark Friday
The Nickel Ride will start offering rides in St. Petersburg in August. [Courtesy of the Nickel Ride]
Free, eco-friendly taxi service is coming to downtown St. Petersburg this August

Top Business News

Roof drives lofty cost of Rays’ proposed Ybor City ballpark

Roof drives lofty cost of Rays’ proposed Ybor City ballpark

TAMPA — Nobody pretends that $892 million to build a baseball stadium is pocket change, not even the guy who owns the team."That’s a large number, and it’s a shocking number when you see it," Tampa Bay Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg says of th...
Published: 07/12/18
Updated: 07/13/18
Study says Tampa has some of the highest overdraft and banking fees nationwide

Study says Tampa has some of the highest overdraft and banking fees nationwide

Florida, including Tampa Bay, has some of the highest bank fees in the country, according to a recent study by bank comparison site DepositAccounts.The website broke down overdraft fees, third-party ATM fees and monthly service fees to rank the 50 bi...
Published: 07/13/18
Brink: Extending the Suncoast Parkway has gone from boondoggle to folly

Brink: Extending the Suncoast Parkway has gone from boondoggle to folly

In a few short weeks, the Suncoast 2 toll road project has gone from boondoggle to folly.State officials pitched the 13-mile extension of the Suncoast Parkway as a step toward eventually linking the road to Interstate 75 near Ocala via a project dubb...
Published: 07/13/18
Nissan recalls about 105K cars to replace Takata air bags

Nissan recalls about 105K cars to replace Takata air bags

Associated PressDETROIT — Nissan is recalling nearly 105,000 small cars to replace Takata passenger air bag inflators that can explode and hurl shrapnel at drivers and passengers. Included are the 2011 Versa sedan and the 2011 and 2012 Versa hatchbac...
Published: 07/13/18
PolitiFact: Did Justice Kennedy quit due to family ties to Trump and Russia?

PolitiFact: Did Justice Kennedy quit due to family ties to Trump and Russia?

The statement"Justice Kennedy quit because he and his son helped Trump launder illegal Russian money through Deutsche Bank."Bloggers, June 30 in a blog postThe rulingTrump’s relationship with Deutsche Bank began in the late ’90s when many other major...
Published: 07/11/18
Updated: 07/12/18

Business News

This Florida burger joint is one of the 10 best in America, travel website says

This Florida burger joint is one of the 10 best in America, travel website says

A 2½-hour drive south could land Tampa residents at one of America’s best burger joints, according the review and travel website TripAdvisor.com.The website released a list of the "10 Most Delectable Burger Joints" in America on Wednesday, placing Na...
Published: 07/14/18
So far, so good. Doctors at Tampa General find success with a device that fights often-fatal aneurysms

So far, so good. Doctors at Tampa General find success with a device that fights often-fatal aneurysms

TAMPA — Dr. Murray Shames holds a flexible, lightweight tube as wide as two garden hoses pushed together in his office at Tampa General Hospital. The polyester tube, and its thinner fastening branches with metal wiring, will be attached inside someon...
Published: 07/13/18
Is a bike lane backlash brewing over St. Pete’s MLK Jr. Street N?

Is a bike lane backlash brewing over St. Pete’s MLK Jr. Street N?

ST. PETERSBURG — In the next month, the city is poised to launch one of the most ambitious bike lane projects in the Tampa Bay area.But some local business owners want to stop construction of those bike lanes along two miles of one of the city’s busi...
Published: 07/13/18

Miss out on Build-A-Bear’s Pay Your Age deal? Chuck E. Cheese has a Friday solution

Did you and your kids miss out on pay-your-age Build-A-Bear promotion? Perhaps they’d rather play some video games over a slice of pizza.In a promotion that some may say smacks a bit of piling on, Chuck E. Cheese announced an All You Can Play promoti...
Published: 07/13/18
Seal Swim School brings water safety to  Riverview

Seal Swim School brings water safety to Riverview

RIVERVIEW — Combine the annual morose drowning statistics for Florida children with this week’s harrowing international news of a dozen boys and their soccer coach escaping a water-filled cave in Thailand, and learning to swim becomes a little more f...
Published: 07/10/18
Updated: 07/13/18
Regent executive director to soon resign

Regent executive director to soon resign

RIVERVIEW — Julie Juteau, who has served as the executive director of the Regent for just under five years, plans to soon resign her post.Juteau posted an announcement on Facebook and a job posting already has gone up on indeed.com."I have always con...
Published: 07/10/18
Updated: 07/13/18
Tampa’s Women of Color Golf introduces sport to eager demographic

Tampa’s Women of Color Golf introduces sport to eager demographic

TAMPAWhen Clemmie Perry was laid off from a Fortune 500 company five years ago, she didn’t waste any time agonizing over her loss.Instead, she signed up for golf lessons.Learning how to play the game had long stood as a goal for Perry, but she could ...
Published: 07/09/18
Updated: 07/13/18
How can City Hall improve our health? A new push in Pinellas hopes to show the way.

How can City Hall improve our health? A new push in Pinellas hopes to show the way.

The charitable organization that owns a 20 percent stake in St. Petersburg’s Bayfront Health hospital is working with local governments to improve the public’s health, part of a strategy to make a difference in new and often subtle ways. The Foundati...
Published: 07/11/18
Updated: 07/12/18
U.S. soon to leapfrog Saudis, Russia as top oil producer

U.S. soon to leapfrog Saudis, Russia as top oil producer

The United States is on pace to leapfrog both Saudi Arabia and Russia and reclaim the title of the world’s biggest oil producer for the first time since the 1970s. The latest forecast from the U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts that U.S....
Published: 07/12/18
Build-A-Bear promotion overwhelms local malls as crowds swarm stores nationwide

Build-A-Bear promotion overwhelms local malls as crowds swarm stores nationwide

Lindsay Cox was one of the lucky ones.She beat the rush to the Brandon Build-A-Bear Workshop and scored a monkey for her son before the company halted its "Pay Your Age" promotion everywhere as lines grew too long and chaotic across the country. The ...
Published: 07/12/18