Sunday, August 19, 2018

Business News

State launches investigation, assesses $800,000 in damages against SunPass contractor
Florida Department of Transportation officials announced today that they are assessing nearly $800,000 in damages against the SunPass contractor responsible for the state's tolling chaos now in its third month. [WILL VRAGOVIC | Times file, 2015]
After months of inaction, Florida Department of Transportation officials announced today that they are assessing nearly $800,000 in damages against the SunPass contractor responsible for the state’s tolling chaos.At Gov. Rick Scott’s direction, the...
Edison: food+drink lab owner and chef Jeannie Pierola is bringing her inventive culinary talents to a new venture, Edison's swigamajig divebar and fishkitchen, scheduled to open at Sparkman Wharf this October. (Times files)
James Beard semifinalist Jeannie Pierola to bring a seafood-focused riff on Edison’s to Sparkman Wharf
Winn-Dixie opened its seventh remodeled store in Tampa Bay this year in Spring Hill on Thursday. It features the chain's Dollar Shop. (Southeastern Grocers)
Tampa Bay’s seventh renovated Winn-Dixie opens in Hernando County
St. Petersburg beats the national averages for homeownership affordability, according to a new SmartAsset study. Pictured is the St. Petersburg skyline in 2016. [SCOTT KEELER | Times, 2016]
St. Petersburg ranks No. 39 in U.S. for affordable living, study says

Top Business News

Florida unemployment falls to 3.7 percent

Florida’s unemployment rate hit an 11-year low in July. The jobless rate inched down a notch to 3.7 percent, according to state figures released Friday, continuing the state’s 10-month run of a sub-4 percent unemployment rate. "This is one of the big...
Published: 08/17/18
Welfont, KnowBe4, Teami and other Tampa Bay companies rank high in Inc. 5000 list

Welfont, KnowBe4, Teami and other Tampa Bay companies rank high in Inc. 5000 list

While a Wisconsin company that makes software to execute shipments and a trendy cellphone grip company out of Colorado may have taken the top spots in this year’s Inc. 5000 list — Florida still had an impressive showing. Every year, Inc. ranks the 5...
Published: 08/17/18
Wages remain stagnant in Florida despite super low unemployment. What’s going on?

Wages remain stagnant in Florida despite super low unemployment. What’s going on?

It remains our biggest economic enigma: Sluggish wage growth despite low unemployment. In a robust job market, pay rises as the supply of available workers shrinks. At least that’s the way it normally works. This time around, the ingredients appear ...
Published: 08/17/18
What would it take to overthrow king Publix? Safeway’s Florida exit begs the question.

What would it take to overthrow king Publix? Safeway’s Florida exit begs the question.

LARGO — Everything is on clearance inside Tampa Bay’s only Safeway grocery store. Patio furniture, 40 percent off. Beach chairs, too. Most grocery items are 30 percent off; the entire liquor store is 20 percent off.The discounts will probably get ste...
Published: 08/17/18
Trump asks SEC to look into ditching quarterly filings

Trump asks SEC to look into ditching quarterly filings

NEW YORK — President Donald Trump says he’s asking federal regulators to look into the effectiveness of the quarterly financial reports that publicly traded companies are required to file. In a tweet early Friday, Trump said that after speaking with ...
Published: 08/17/18

Business News

Dear Penny: How can I tell my boss to stop making fun of my old car?

Dear Penny: How can I tell my boss to stop making fun of my old car?

Dear Penny,I’m a recent college grad who’s been working an entry-level job for the past year. I only make about $33,000 a year, but I’m doing OK. I’m able to pay my bills without taking on more debt. One of the reasons I’m able to do so is that I dri...
Updated: 6 hours ago
South Tampa’s Village Inn features a family affair

South Tampa’s Village Inn features a family affair

How Emma Walker spent her summer vacation:Visited Chicago.Gymnastics.Went to the beach.And, by taking a summer job as a hostess at the Village Inn at 215 N Dale Mabry Highway, carried on a decades-long family tradition."I just wanted to make money," ...
Published: 08/15/18
Updated: 08/18/18
Pinellas commission candidate faced stalking, abuse claims

Pinellas commission candidate faced stalking, abuse claims

ST. PETERSBURG — A political newcomer seeking a Pinellas County Commission seat has faced accusations of physical abuse and stalking from her former fiance, who twice sought court-ordered protection from her.Both allegations came after Democrat Amy K...
Published: 08/17/18
Tarpon Springs voters to decide on 30-year extension of hospital deal

Tarpon Springs voters to decide on 30-year extension of hospital deal

TARPON SPRINGS — The proposed 30-year lease extension for Florida Hospital North Pinellas will be on November’s ballot after the City Commission recently voted 4-0 to let the voters have their say.The vote, with Commissioner Susan Miccio-Kikta absent...
Published: 08/14/18
Updated: 08/17/18
Children who lived with smokers are more likely to die of lung disease as adults, study says

Children who lived with smokers are more likely to die of lung disease as adults, study says

Childhood exposure to secondhand smoke is linked to lung disease decades later, according to a study published Thursday by the American Cancer Society.For 22 years, researchers have been following more than 70,000 adults who have never smoked. At the...
Published: 08/17/18
Spring Hill tool man builds national business, expands local offerings

Spring Hill tool man builds national business, expands local offerings

SPRING HILL — As a youngster, Ronnie Manuele scrubbed so many old tools for his dad, a professional tool fixer, that he swore he’d never do such work when he grew up.Today, at R & R Tool Repair Inc., owner Manuele repairs tools for major companies fr...
Published: 08/13/18
Updated: 08/17/18
Tampa General ranked Florida’s second-best hospital in U.S. News study

Tampa General ranked Florida’s second-best hospital in U.S. News study

Tampa General Hospital was ranked as Florida’s second-best hospital in the U.S. News and World Report’s 2018 Hospital Rankings released Tuesday, while Moffitt Cancer Center was named the country’s eighth-best cancer hospital.The rankings, which analy...
Published: 08/14/18
Updated: 08/17/18
SunPass users with overdraft fees can now request reimbursement

SunPass users with overdraft fees can now request reimbursement

If you’re a SunPass user and you’ve seen overdraft fees on your account, you can now ask for that money back.Florida Department Transportation spokesman Ed Seifert announced today that Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise has launched a system to process ov...
Published: 08/16/18

Nature’s Food Patch brings organic offerings to Dunedin

DUNEDIN — Nature’s Food Patch recently opened a new downtown location at 966 Douglas Ave. The new store will stock much of what is offered at the Clearwater location, including organic produce, grass-fed meat, a fresh juice/smoothie bar, organic and ...
Published: 08/16/18
The self-proclaimed Uber of lawn care is expanding in Tampa Bay

The self-proclaimed Uber of lawn care is expanding in Tampa Bay

The lawn-mowing service GreenPal, which claims to be the Uber equivalent for lawn care, is extending its service across the Tampa Bay area. GreenPal, which already serves parts of Tampa, announced homeowners in Clearwater can begin booking professio...
Published: 08/16/18