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A 6,100-square-foot house built just 12 years ago on this barrier island was torn down last September, to make way for what neighbors say will be a three-story home for Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik. The half-acre property at 112 N. Washington Drive was bought last year for $4.25 million. [Sarasota Herald-Tribune]

Jeff Vinik razes another waterfront home to build Sarasota mansion

SARASOTA — If you're rich, you can afford to buy a multimillion-dollar home just to tear it down for your new mansion. If you're Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik? You can afford two. Vinik, the hedge fund megamillionaire and hockey baron who just bought Tampa's Channelside Bay Plaza, started demolition last wee …

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    Working Life

    As more workers find their lives upended and their paychecks reduced by ever-changing, on-call schedules, government officials are trying to put limits on the harshest of those scheduling practices. The actions reflect a growing national movement — fueled by women's and labor groups — to curb practices that …

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    Real Estate

    APOLLO BEACH

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  3. Pinellas County real estate transactions for Aug. 1

    Real Estate

    BELLEAIR

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    Personal Finance

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    Banking

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    Retail

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    Retail

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  8. Jeff Vinik razes another waterfront home to build Sarasota mansion

    Real Estate

    SARASOTA — If you're rich, you can afford to buy a multimillion-dollar home just to tear it down for your new mansion.

    A 6,100-square-foot house built just 12 years ago on this barrier island was torn down last September, to make way for what neighbors say will be a three-story home for Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik. The half-acre property at 112 N. Washington Drive was bought last year for $4.25 million. [Sarasota Herald-Tribune]
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    Business

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    Tourism

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