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St. Petersburg ranks as No. 1 millennial draw in Florida

For those who still think of St. Petersburg as luring retirees to hang out in "God's waiting room," the younger generation is poised to make its move. St. Petersburg has been singled out by …

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Reports show growing financial squeeze for most Florida workers

Economists pinpoint the end of the Great Recession as 2009, but for most Floridians, the financial squeeze has only gotten worse. Income disparity is growing faster and there is a higher per …

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These were the most expensive homes sold in Tampa Bay in 2014

Golf course — good. Waterfront — better. Of the 10 most expensive homes sold in Tampa Bay in 2014, just two overlook greens and fairways, while eight boast the spectacular waterfront v …

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  1. What to name Jeff Vinik's Tampa project? Send me your ideas

    Economic Development

    Amid a whirlwind of speaking gigs to explain his $1 billion redevelopment plans surrounding the Amalie Arena, Jeff Vinik often drops fresh hints of how his mega-project is shaping up.

    When Jeff Vinik first unveiled his ambitious plan last month, he referred to the project as the "Waterfront District" - just to give some identity to it until a more formal title is chosen. [Strategic Property Partners LLC]
  2. Maker of drone that crashed on White House grounds to stop flights over D.C.

    Nation

    The manufacturer of the drone that crashed on the White House grounds earlier this week plans to install software in its devices that would prevent them from flying in Washington.

    This small drone  crashed on the grounds of the White House in Washington on Jan. 26, 2015. It was 42 degrees and lightly raining around 3 a.m. on Monday when an inebriated, off-duty government intelligence agency employee, who has not been named or charged with a crime, lost control of the drone as he operated it from an apartment just blocks from the White House. [Secret Service photo via New York Times]
  3. St. Petersburg ranks as No. 1 millennial draw in Florida

    Personal Finance

    For those who still think of St. Petersburg as luring retirees to hang out in "God's waiting room," the younger generation is poised to make its move.

  4. Fugitive treasure hunter nabbed in Florida after 2-year hunt

    Crime

    A fugitive treasure hunter embroiled in a legal fight over what's been described as the greatest lost treasure in American history has been arrested in Florida after more than two years on the lam, …

    In this November 1989 file photo, Tommy Thompson holds a $50 pioneer gold piece retrieved earlier in 1989 from the wreck of the gold ship Central America. According to the US Marshals Service,  Thompson, a fugitive treasure hunter wanted for more than 2 years was arrested in Florida. [Associated Press]
  5. Hillsborough officials quietly hired law firm with ties to baseball

    Local Government

    TAMPA — One of the most notable steps Hillsborough County has taken toward its desire to woo the Tampa Bay Rays to the county was also one of the quietest: County commissioners in October agreed to hire Foley & Lardner, a law firm with extensive ties to Major League Baseball and a partner who is a former MLB …

    The Tampa Bay Rays’ contract with St. Petersburg binds the team to city-owned Tropicana Field until 2027. The team has insisted it needs a new stadium and has pushed to look outside the city.
  6. Tommy Chuck of Tampa pop stations 93.3-FLZ and Mix 100.7 moving on up

    Business

    Tampa Bay

    Program director of radio stations leaving

  7. USF under federal investigation for handling of rape case

    College

    TAMPA — The University of South Florida is under federal investigation for possibly mishandling a sexual assault case, making it the second Florida school to face scrutiny since the White House created a task force on campus rape last January.

    The University of South Florida is under federal investigation for possibly mishandling a sexual assault case.
  8. Port Tampa Bay well positioned for the future, CEO says

    Economic Development

    TAMPA — The state of Port Tampa Bay is good, CEO Paul Anderson said, and it's getting better.

    Tampa Port Authority Chief Executive Officer Paul Anderson announces the new name of the port as Port Tampa Bay. It was announced during the State of the Port meeting held in Cruise Terminal 2 on Wednesday 1/22/14
  9. Lawsuit targets proposed Bliss condo in downtown St. Petersburg

    Real Estate

    It's called "Bliss," but that's hardly the word to describe how some people feel about the 18-story condo tower proposed for downtown St. Petersburg.

    Bliss, an 18-story luxury condo tower proposed for downtown St. Petersburg. [Courtesy of Smith & Associates]
  10. Among major metros, Tampa Bay housing market more than holding its own

    Real Estate

    It's no surprise Tampa Bay home prices are steadily rebounding. They are well above their 2012 lows but remain lower than the highs reached during the 2006 real estate bubble.

    Tampa's home prices are showing promising signs compared to other major metro areas in the United States. DIRK SHADD   |   Times
  11. 2015 Super Bowl commercials have Kim Kardashian, implied nudity … but little buzz (w/video)

    Retail

    When you pony up $4.5 million for a 30-second Super Bowl commercial — this year's whopper price to plug away, some $500,000 more than 2014 — you'd probably like a little hype, some bang-for-your-buck hullabaloo leading into the big game.

    Kim Kardashian stars in a Super Bowl ad for T-Mobile. This year’s ads cost $4.5 million for a 30-second spot during Sunday’s game between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots, up $500,000 from the price for last year’s Super Bowl.
  12. Atwater: Stress tests may instill confidence in insurance

    State Roundup

    LAKE BUENA VISTA — Florida's top financial officer said Tuesday that creating and publicizing a "stress test" will help instill public confidence in the smaller insurers that have come to dominate Florida's property insurance market.

  13. The Northeast might have dodged a bullet, but winter storm cancels scores of flights in Tampa

    Transportation

    TAMPA — Scores of flights to and from Tampa International Airport and destinations in the Northeast from Philadelphia to Boston were canceled Tuesday morning as a winter storm barreled through New England.

  14. Reports show growing financial squeeze for most Florida workers

    Personal Finance

    Economists pinpoint the end of the Great Recession as 2009, but for most Floridians, the financial squeeze has only gotten worse.

  15. Scott already eyeing replacement for state's top insurance regulator

    Gubernatorial

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott recruited a Louisiana state official as the replacement for Florida's chief insurance regulator weeks before he publicly called for the regulator's removal as part of a second-term reorganization.

    Kevin McCarty, left, has headed Florida's Office of Insurance Regulation since 2003 and plays a key role in setting property insurance rates that affect Florida homeowners. [AP photo (2007)]