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While cargo ships like this can pass under the Sunshine Skyway bridge, mega cruise ships of the future won’t fit. That endangers an industry that pumps $380 million a year into the local economy.SCOTT KEELER I Times

Tampa Bay must weigh economic benefits, environmental risks of saving cruise ships

Building a new cruise ship port on the Pinellas side of the Sunshine Skyway bridge could boost the Tampa Bay economy — or bust it. The mega cruise ships of the future won't fit under the Skyway. That endangers an industry that pumps $380 million a year into the local economy. But trying to save the cruise industry  …


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  1. Jeff Vinik, Tampa officials looking at changing streets near Times Forum


    TAMPA — Decades ago, when Tampa's waterfront was warehouses and blue-collar jobs, the jumbled street grid at the southern end of downtown might not have been a problem.

    Shown is a parking lot at the corner of South Florida and Old Waters Street in Tampa.  According to zoning documents filed the city, the Vinik group is considering building a 400-room hotel and a high-rise condominium with 50 units on the parking lot next to the Tampa Bay Times Forum, visible at upper left.
  2. Meet Paro, a fuzzy robot designed to help the elderly

    Personal Finance

    CUPERTINO, Calif. — The elderly woman cooed softly and stroked the soft white fur of the creature in her lap, while it raised its head, batted its dark eyes and made a friendly mewing sound in return.

    Dorothy Hartley, 89, hugs Paro, a robotic pet, at the Sunny View Retirement Community in Cupertino, Calif. Paro is designed to help engage elderly residents who might be isolated.
  3. 4 keys to appealing a rejected health insurance claim

    Personal Finance

    Keep calm and take notes. Stay true to this principle and you can improve your odds of successfully fighting a health insurer's claim rejection. Experts who help with the appeals process say patients have a 50 percent chance or better of prevailing. They say a winning argument may require heavy doses of research and …

  4. A good choice for a high-quality, compact travel camera

    Personal Finance

    I am looking for a small camera for travel and want the best image quality available. What is your top recommendation, regardless of price?

    The Panasonic DMC-GM1
  5. Tempted by the discount? Retail credit cards can be costly

    Personal Finance

    The next time you're tempted to sign up for a retailer's credit card to get a discount on your purchase, think again if you don't pay off your credit cards every month.

  6. Report: Growth of wages for high-paid Florida workers outpace those of low-paid workers

    Working Life

    Put this one in the "rich get richer" category.

  7. Angry Duke Energy customers look to Tallahassee for help


    The list is long. Too long.

    Dozens of calls and emails, all with similar customer complaints about Duke Energy Florida.

    Smart meter, isolated on white.
  8. This week's recalls


    HP laptop power cords

    Company: Hewlett-Packard

    Quantity: 5,577,000

    Why? The AC power cord can overheat, posing a potential fire and burn hazard.

  9. Tampa jury awards nearly $37 million in asbestos case



    Jury awards nearly $37M in asbestos suit

  10. Economy hits the gas: More buyers seeking high-end RVs with all the comforts of home



    For Doug and Nicki Craig, the ''aha'' moment came in 2007.

      Doug and Nicki Craig of Ohio, who recently bought a Monaco Dynasty at the Lazydays The RV Authority in seffne Saturday August 23, 2014. Lazydays is seeing a large rise in the number of high-end motor homes costing more than $350,000. "We got our because it is a more freeing experience. We can work from the road and still keep in touch with our child and grand children," Doug Craig said. The couple is apart of the Lazydays Crown Club and have access to the clubs pool, lounge space, as well as service repairs. Doug and Nicki Craig will be heading to Houston to visit their daughter once the final parts for repair are in.