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Potential security breach at Tampa International Airport spurs review

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Springs group challenges Florida's computer model for permitting

Computer models that Florida officials use to issue water use and pollution permits are flawed and need scientific review, an environmental coalition said in a challenge filed with the state last …

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Tampa International Airport records busiest month ever in March

TAMPA — Tampa International Airport had its busiest month on record in March. That's thanks in part to spring break travel. From March 4 to April 11, the airport served more than …

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  1. Bern's Steak House wins 2016 James Beard Awards Outstanding Wine Program

    Food & Dining

    This year's only Tampa Bay James Beard finalist came up gold, the first year our area has medaled in the "Academy Awards of food" since Bern's Steak House sommelier Derrick Pagan won for wine service in 1992. Who was our big winner this year?

    Bern's Steak House.

    Bern's Steak House tweeted this photo of David Laxer, Bern's owner, left, and Eric Renaud, senior sommelier, at the James Beard Awards on Monday night. Bern's won the 2016 Outstanding Wine Program. [Image from Twitter]
  2. Catching a flight? Budget hours, not minutes, for security

    Airlines

    If you sense that airport security lines are getting longer — much longer — you're definitely not alone.

    Tavelers wait in line for security screening at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle. Fliers will likely face massive security lines at airports across the country this summer, with airlines already warning passengers to arrive at least two hours early or risk missing their flight. [Ted S. Warren | Associated Press]
  3. Q&A: Puerto Rico's debt crisis explained

    Economic Development

    NEW YORK — Puerto Rico's worsening debt crisis is dimming the economic outlook for the U.S. territory and putting pressure on Congress to help resolve the situation, but it is having little effect on the market for municipal bonds and most investors.

    The Puerto Rican flag flies in front of Puerto Rico’s Capitol in San Juan. Proposals from the White House and Congress to help Puerto Rico restructure its debt do not include plans for taxpayers to pay Puerto Rico’s debt, though politicians pushing the proposals say that if they are not adopted, U.S. taxpayers could ultimately be on the hook. [Associated Press]
  4. Publix sales increase 4.5 percent to $8.7 billion in the first quarter

    Retail

    Publix Super Markets' sales for the first quarter of 2016 hit $8.7 billion, a 4.5 percent boost from last year's $8.3 billion.

    Publix Super Markets’ sales for the first quarter of 2016 hit $8.7 billion, a 4.5 percent boost from last year’s $8.3 billion. The Lakeland-based grocery chain chalks up the boost to the Easter holiday falling in the first quarter this year. Last year, Easter was in the second quarter. Sales increased 1.2 percent for this reason.
  5. Business community forms pro-TBX coalition

    Blogs

    The battlelines hardened Monday between those who support and oppose a multi-billion expansion of Tampa’s interstates, known as Tampa Bay Express.