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Howard and Patricia Jenkins give $10M gift to University of Tampa

TAMPA — A University of Tampa residence hall will be named in honor of Howard and Patricia Jenkins after the couple donated $10 million to the university, one of the largest gifts in its his …

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Five St. Petersburg bartenders face charges after underage drinking sting

ST. PETERSBURG — Five bartenders were arrested Thursday night during a police crackdown on underage drinking downtown. St. Petersburg police said they received complaints about some re …

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Tampa's Riverwalk builder fined $10,000 for illegal concrete dump

TAMPA — The contractor building an $8.8 million section of Tampa's Riverwalk will pay $10,000 in fines for dumping concrete waste into the Hillsborough River. Johnson Bros. Corp. of Li …

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  1. Q&A with Jesse Panuccio, Gov. Rick Scott's point person for creating jobs

    Economic Development

    Jesse Panuccio bristles good-naturedly when anyone tells him he looks like a high-schooler. But he's got an adult-sized job as head of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

  2. Crowd turns out to protest Duke billing practices

    Business

    NEW PORT RICHEY — More than 100 Duke Energy Florida customers turned out to a town hall meeting Thursday, asking how to best challenge the utility that changed billing cycles and charged them for a nuclear plant that never came.

  3. Tampa okays deal on downtown redevelopment cash

    Local Government

    TAMPA — Hillsborough County commissioners took just 10 minutes last week to approve an agreement renewing Tampa's community redevelopment areas.

  4. Howard and Patricia Jenkins give $10M gift to University of Tampa

    College

    TAMPA — A University of Tampa residence hall will be named in honor of Howard and Patricia Jenkins after the couple donated $10 million to the university, one of the largest gifts in its history.

    Howard and Patricia Jenkins’ gift is one the largest ever for the University of Tampa. Howard’s son and daughter attended UT.
  5. Tampa's Riverwalk builder fined $10,000 for illegal concrete dump

    Water

    TAMPA — The contractor building an $8.8 million section of Tampa's Riverwalk will pay $10,000 in fines for dumping concrete waste into the Hillsborough River.

    A downtown worker had shot video of Johnson Bros. workers washing concrete waste into the Hillsborough River. The company fired at least one worker and disciplined others.
  6. More than 100 Sears and Kmart stores to close, report says

    Retail

    Struggling retail giant Sears Holdings Corp. will lay off at least 5,457 employees and close more than 100 Sears and Kmart stores, many before Christmas, an online report revealed Thursday.

    In this May 14, 2012 file photo, shoppers walk into Sears in Peabody, Mass. The struggling retail giant Sears Holdings Corp. will lay off at least 5,457 employees and close more than 100 Sears and Kmart stores, many before Christmas, an online report said Thursday. [Associated Press]
  7. Wood Fired Pizza in downtown St. Petersburg closes

    Retail

    ST. PETERSBURG — As downtown St. Petersburg's dining scene continues to expand, the restaurant row along First Avenue S is about to get a new look and new menu offerings.

    Wood Fired Pizza in downtown St. Petersburg has closed. [CHRIS TISCH]
  8. Cheeseheads keep business booming at Culver's burger chain in Largo

    Business

    LARGO — Parrish Sandefur admitted he worried about the success of his restaurant before it opened. Not too long ago, he and his wife, Alicia Sandefur, opened up the first Culver's in Tampa Bay on East Bay Drive. Although the quick service restaurant was a go-to eatery for him and his family for years back …

    Culver's has come to Pinellas County. Parrish and Alicia Sandefur have opened the first Wisonsin-based Culver's which is known and loved by Cheeseheads for "Butter burgers'' and frozen custard.
  9. Sunken Gardens hopes to renew its flock of pink flamingos

    Tourism

    ST. PETERSBURG

    A postcard picturing Sunken Gardens flamingos sent "Greetings from St. Petersburg Florida." A snow globe encasing two flamingos in a swirl of white particles served as one visitor's permanent reminder of the botanical garden and its exotic pink residents. Vintage plates, mugs, statues and …

    George, front, and Lucy are the last surviving pink flamingos at Sunken Gardens in St. Petersburg. A current fundraising effort would restore the flock to more than 20. The pair are shown at the gardens on Sept. 16.
  10. South Pasadena Shopping Center sold for $21.1 million

    Real Estate

    South Pasadena

    Shopping center sold for $21.1M

    The South Pasadena Shopping Center, whose tenants include a Walmart Neighborhood Market, has been sold for $21.1 million.