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New York style brownstones planned for downtown St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG — Five high-end, New York-style brownstones are now planned for the downtown St. Petersburg site where a 16-story luxury condo tower once was proposed. Frank Menna, who …


Developer of former Trump Tower site bullish on Tampa Bay's "walkable'' downtowns

TAMPA — Mayor Bob Buckhorn and other city officials were thrilled last week when Feldman Equities submitted preliminary plans for what would be the tallest building on Florida's west coast & …


As Tampa Bay foreclosures plunge, prices jump

When it came time to list a certain foreclosed home in Tampa's Town 'N Country area in April, Realtor Irwin Wilensky figured $79,500 would be about the right price given its dilapidated condition. …


  1. Tampa Bay bankruptcy filings drop as economy improves

    Real Estate

    In another sign Tampa Bay's economy is on the upswing, bankruptcy filings are way down.

  2. Robert's Christmas Wonderland uses current events to sell holiday year-round

    Human Interest

    CLEARWATER — It's easy to forget it's summer once you walk inside Robert's Christmas Wonderland.

    Sue Davis of Indianapolis picks out a hat recently at Robert’s Christmas Wonderland to wear for a hobby show in November in Indiana.
  3. Gourmet pop shop adds to Central Avenue's cool factor


    ST. PETERSBURG — A gourmet frozen fruit bars store is among three new businesses in the 600 block of Central Avenue.

    Hyppo Gourmet Ice Pops, one of three new businesses on the block, will serve 20 kinds of frozen treats at a time out of its nearly 400 flavors. It will open by the end of August at 627 Central Ave.
  4. A quarter of Tampa Bay borrowers are still underwater on their mortgages

    Real Estate

    Although home values are rising, thousands of Tampa Bay homeowners still owe more than their property is worth.

  5. A year later, Red Lobster feels its independence


    ORLANDO — When Red Lobster's menu team flew to a seafood show in Boston this spring, fishermen were talking about big catches of sockeye salmon and bairdi crab coming from Alaska.

    Executives and elected officials — including Red Lobster CEO Kim Lodrup, center, flanked by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs — cut the ribbon at the opening of the chain’s new national headquarters in downtown Orlando on March 6.