The Ruskin warehouse, near Interstate 75 off State Road 674, covers 1.1 million square feet. It could start processing orders by Christmas. Eventually robots will assist workers.SKIP O'ROURKE | Times

'Cavernous' Amazon warehouse in Ruskin is well under way

TAMPA — Amazon is racing to complete a massive warehouse in southeastern Hillsborough County in time for the holiday shopping rush and likely will end up hiring even more people than the 1,000 originally planned. Jim Ford, interim head of the county's building and construction services, said Tuesday that crews have …


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  1. Bill Edwards buys downtown block that's ripe for development

    Economic Development

    ST. PETERSBURG—Bill Edwards strikes again. He's just bought an entire downtown city block with virtually unlimited development options for $12 million.

  2. Annual fee increase covers inflation

    Real Estate

    Annual fee increase not likely to change

  3. Be wary of stockbrokers who fail securities exam repeatedly

    Personal Finance

    Raymond James stockbroker Karen L. Gallahar got some unwanted attention this week in a nationwide analysis that shows brokers who repeatedly failed a basic securities exam tend to have worse disciplinary records.

  4. Victimized by the 'marriage penalty'

    Personal Finance

    In a few short months, I'll pass the milestone that every little girl dreams of: the day she swears — before family and God, in sickness and in health, all in the name of love — that she's willing to pay a much higher tax rate.

  5. Stretch of Tampa's Hillsborough Avenue to get new streetlights


    TAMPA — Along with a new crosswalk and traffic light, a hazardous section of E Hillsborough Avenue is getting a streetlight upgrade, Tampa Electric Co. said Wednesday.

  6. My First Car: 1933 Chevrolet, Charles and Sylvia Huhtanen, Port Richey


    '33 Chevrolet

    The U.S. Marine Corps no longer needed or wanted me. After training for a landing on the shores of Japan in 1945-46 and after spending six months in Hawaii (hard duty!), I was mustered out at the Great Lakes Naval Center. At home once more, I was surprised to receive a mustering-out …

  7. Orangetheory Fitness opens in Brandon


    BRANDON — If you have wondered what the brightly painted, neon orange bicycles strategically placed all over town are all about, you are officially invited to find out the theory behind them on Saturday.

    At the sneak peek, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, the studio will explain how you can run, row and rep your way to weight loss and personal goals via heart-rate based interval training.
  8. Need to move your car? These services can help


    If you ever need a car relocated — or are willing to relocate a vehicle — check out auto driveway services, which relocate vehicles all over the country. Here's how it works:

  9. The Daily Drivers: 2014 Audi Q5 TDI


    For Audi's Q5, the big news for 2014 is that the compact luxury crossover gets a turbo-diesel option, which is the model we drove. We're fans of the TDI engines — Audi calls them "clean diesels" — and this Q5 did nothing to change our opinion.

    2014 Audi Q5 TDI
  10. Go-cart fans get their fix at indoor Tampa Bay Grand Prix



    He gripped the wheel as the go-cart careened through the turn.

    Drivers enter the first turn of the red course, the more technical of two at Tampa Bay Grand Prix west of Brandon, on Saturday. Other than the speed factor, hard-core racers like the force it takes to steer and how the tires heat up.