Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Business News

Brightline-Virgin rail service from Tampa to Orlando has estimated cost of $1.7 billion
A Brightline train heading from West Palm Beach to Miami pulls in at the station in Fort Lauderdale. [RICHARD DANIELSON  |  Times]
A financing plan filed last week with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission offers new details about the partnership between Miami-based Brightline and Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group.
A Home Shopping Network pioneer, Bob Circosta got his start selling can openers on the radio. Photo courtesy of Bob Circosta.
TV’s ‘Billion-Dollar Man’ started by opening up a can of sales success
William Planes, accused of avoiding more than $8 million in taxes, developed what was known as Trinity Town Center before it landed in bankruptcy. Now called  Trinity Tuscan Center, it is under construction once again after a decade-long delay. [MICHELE MILLER | Times]
IRS: Tarpon Springs couple used 'sham' companies to keep from paying $8.8 million in taxes
Brock Napolitano of Pinellas Park received his wish for a backyard play house specilly designed for his needs. Pictured is Brock in one of the structure's swings Sunday. [Malena Carollo | Times, 2018]
Make-A-Wish builds Pinellas special needs teen a custom playhouse

Top Business News

Thanksgiving gas prices headed for two-year low

Thanksgiving gas prices headed for two-year low

Gas prices in Florida are on track to be the lowest in two years, a boon for the 2.5 million travelers AAA, The Auto Club Group, expects to hit the roadways for the holiday this week.
Updated: 11 hours ago
St. Petersburg, four other Florida cities, make top 20 list of hottest LGBTQ holiday destinations

St. Petersburg, four other Florida cities, make top 20 list of hottest LGBTQ holiday destinations

St. Petersburg, which has been trying to draw in more gay tourists, has been named No. 11 on a list of top 20 gay holiday destinations this year.
Updated: 11 hours ago
Who’s selling sports goods after midnight on Black Friday? Where do you go to get a tie at 3 a.m.?

Who’s selling sports goods after midnight on Black Friday? Where do you go to get a tie at 3 a.m.?

This holiday overview of area retail outlets guides you to the answers
Updated: 11 hours ago
Mr. Kellogg of cereal fame once owned one of Tampa Bay’s most unusual properties now for sale

Mr. Kellogg of cereal fame once owned one of Tampa Bay’s most unusual properties now for sale

Imagine enjoying your Kellogg’s Corn Flakes each morning in a house once owned by W.K. Kellogg himself. Or living in a building on the National Register of Historic Places. Or dipping your toes in your private lagoon. Yes, Tampa Bay homebuyers...
Published: 11/08/18
Updated: 11/12/18
HSN’s revenue slumps 5 percent, but parent company still posts higher sales

HSN’s revenue slumps 5 percent, but parent company still posts higher sales

St. Petersburg-based HSN has seen quarterly revenues drop 5 percent compared to a year ago, according to the parent company that laid off hundreds of Tampa Bay employees last month, Qurate Retail Group. Pennsylvania-based Qurate Retail came out with...
Published: 11/09/18
Updated: 11/10/18

Business News

So why isn't Blake Casper resting on his laurels and eating Egg McMuffins every morning at one of his 64 McDonalds?

So why isn't Blake Casper resting on his laurels and eating Egg McMuffins every morning at one of his 64 McDonalds?

He is. But he says he has other restaurants to create
Published: 11/18/18
Updated: 11/19/18
Police seek information in deadly home invasion

Police seek information in deadly home invasion

The Tampa Police Department is asking for the public's help with information relating to a home invasion turned deadly.
Published: 11/18/18
Off-duty Palm Harbor firefighter arrested for DUI

Off-duty Palm Harbor firefighter arrested for DUI

An off-duty Palm Harbor firefighter was arrested for a DUI Saturday night.
Published: 11/18/18
Plant City man killed in overnight crash

Plant City man killed in overnight crash

A Plant City man was killed in a crash Saturday night in Brandon in what is suspected to be a drunk driving accident.
Published: 11/18/18
Florida's Brightline rail service partners with Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group, will become Virgin Trains USA

Florida's Brightline rail service partners with Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group, will become Virgin Trains USA

Brightline, the South Florida train and development company that wants to expand to Tampa, will change its name to Virgin Trains USA after partnering with Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group.
Published: 11/16/18
Free turkey with flu shot? The best Thanksgiving meal deals: Publix, Walmart, Winn-Dixie and Target

Free turkey with flu shot? The best Thanksgiving meal deals: Publix, Walmart, Winn-Dixie and Target

Every major grocer has some sort of turkey deal this weekend or in the days leading up to Thanksgiving. So, let's break down where you can find the cheapest bird for your friends and family.
Published: 11/16/18
Florida jobless rate drops to 3.4 percent, adds 17,800 jobs

Florida jobless rate drops to 3.4 percent, adds 17,800 jobs

Unemployment continues to fall across the state and the Tampa Bay region holds its own.
Published: 11/16/18
Green Bench Brewing's expansion 'an investment' into St. Petersburg

Green Bench Brewing's expansion 'an investment' into St. Petersburg

Set to open early next year, Green Bench Brewing walks us through the new space and ambitious new projects.
Published: 11/16/18
Longtime Florida Steel CEO Edward Flom of Tampa dies at 88

Longtime Florida Steel CEO Edward Flom of Tampa dies at 88

Under Edward Flom, Florida Steel's 2,300 employees produced reinforcing steel — often just called rebar — for projects from the Sunshine Skyway Bridge to Tropicana Field, plus countless homes.
Published: 11/16/18
Florida just banned indoor vaping. Will you be affected?

Florida just banned indoor vaping. Will you be affected?

Last week, Floridians voted to ban indoor vaping. We want to hear how you expect to be affected.
Published: 11/16/18