The fate of Channelside Bay Plaza is strongly tied to an empty 5-acre lot that has been assessed at $11.7 million.CHERIE DIEZ | Times (2012)

Empty parking lot at center of Channelside deal

TAMPA Channelside Bay Plaza is a dining and retail complex that for years has offered little of either. A few stalwart businesses persevere while the foreclosed mall is stuck in real estate purgatory. Its future along the downtown waterfront is being decided in a bitter legal struggle. Yet of all the misery and mis …


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  1. Strategically Speaking: Seasoned workers have a lot to offer

    Working Life

    It's no secret that job seekers older than 50 often face a steeper challenge than younger applicants. Some companies and businesses shy away from older applicants because they think they will cost too much, have dated skills or be less productive than younger workers.

  2. Safety advocates: Why did GM choose weaker ignition switch design?


    DETROIT — Safety advocates want to know why General Motors chose a defective ignition switch design for its small cars in 2001, even though an alternative was available that they say might have prevented 31 crashes and 13 deaths linked to the problem.

    GM created two ignition switch designs for the ’03 Saturn Ion and later models such as this ’05 Chevrolet Cobalt, critics say. 
  3. Reporting time-clock manipulation could be a career risk

    Working Life

    Q: My co-workers have figured out how to manipulate the time clock so they don't have to put in a full day's work. Our boss never keeps regular hours either, so the staff is just following his example. Because the company is headquartered in another state, upper management doesn't pay much attention to our small …

  4. Where sounds have no barrier

    Working Life

    Open-plan offices are good for several things: saving money, flexibility, collaboration. But they are also hard on our ears — not because they are loud but because they are so very quiet.

  5. My First Car: '72 Mach 1 Mustang, Randy Ordner, Tarpon Springs


    '72 Mach 1 Mustang

    In 1972, I went to see the new James Bond movie Diamonds Are Forever. His car in the movie was a red 1972 Mach 1 Mustang. It was beautiful, unique (new body style), and my favorite color. I went on and on about it so much that my girlfriend, Linda …

  6. Hernando County business digest for April 20


    Business digest

    Who's news

    CHAMBER DIPLOMAT: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce has announced that Judi Schreiner, owner of Judi's Creations and Travel, was Diplomat of the Month for February.

  7. At All Women's Landscaping, the name pretty much says it all


    HUDSON — It's not unusual to see a woman tooling around a yard on a commercial mower, or sometimes evening chucking branches into a professional tree trimmer's chipper.

    Erwin, on the job Friday in Spring Hill, started her landscaping company 17 years ago. Her regular employees are all female.
  8. A banner 2013 for Pinellas tourism is leading to a strong 2014


    2012 was Pinellas County's best year ever for tourism. But it didn't get to hold the record for long.

  9. FrankCrum Golf tourney nets $134,300 for Trinity Cafe of Tampa


    FrankCrum, a pioneer in the professional employer organization industry, presented a check for $134,300 to Trinity Cafe in Tampa, a nondenominational charity that has served the hungry and homeless in Tampa Bay since 2001.

    FrankCrum Golf Invitational organizer Brigitte Becker, from left, and FrankCrum employees Luis Rivera, Carla Mejia and Colleen Rowe present Trinity Cafe chairman Jeff Darrey and program director Cindy Davis with a check.
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    Personal Finance

    Might downloading a 50-cent coupon for Cheerios cost you legal rights?