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An artist's rendering shows what the southern end of downtown Tampa will look like once Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik's new project is complete, bringing 3 million square feet of new development around Amalie Arena. [Strategic Property Partners LLC]

Jeff Vinik's $1 billion plan for downtown Tampa finally revealed

TAMPA — Roads that don't meet. An incomplete skyline. An empty crater at the heart of the city. For decades, downtown has been an unfinished work in progress. Jeff Vinik wants to fix that. The Tampa Bay Lighting owner on Wednesday rolled out his long-awaited $1 billion "vision plan" to build nearly 3 million square …


    Rubio takes aggressive turn as face of opposition to President Obama's Cuba decision

    WASHINGTON — As President Barack Obama dropped the bombshell about Cuba on Wednesday, Sen. Marco Rubio was hurrying to the Capitol where a packed room of reporters awaited.The Florida Republican stood outside for a moment, reviewing notes then stepped to the podium and unloaded....


    St. Petersburg announces parental leave benefit

    ST. PETERSBURG---Come 2015, city employees will get six weeks of paid parental leave after the birth, adoption or foster-care intake of a child, Mayor Rick Kriseman announced Wednesday. ...


    Florida high school grades, grad rates due out Thursday

    The Florida Department of Education has announced that it will release 2013-14 high school grades and graduation rates on Thursday morning....