Saturday, September 22, 2018

Business News

They spent $15,000 adding a driveway to their St. Pete House. Now the city says they can’t park on it
Dana and Larry Cremo, who live in St. Petersburg's Historic Old Northeast, say they are surprised the city and one complainant are making such an issue over their driveay. They say they didn't need a variance because the driveway is totally on their property and does not cut across a city sidewalk, part of which is visible behind them. 
[ JOHN PENDYGRAFT   |   TIMES ]
ST. PETERSBURG — One day in January, Dana Cremo was on her front porch hanging a vintage screen door when two city employees walked up. "You can’t park on your driveway," they said. "Why?" she asked. "Because somebody filed a complaint," they...
Florida's jobless rate held steady in August at 3.7 percent, unchanged from August, according to state figures released Friday. Pictured is a woman at a job fair in 2014. | (SKIP O'ROURKE  |  Times, 2014)
Facing a worker shortage, hotels and builders are revamping training programs
Heights Union, consisting of two 6-story office buildings from the developers of the Armature Works, will be at the corner of W Palm Avenue and N Tampa Street north of downtown Tampa. It will include 300,000 square feet of office space, 42,000 square feet of ground-floor retail, a linear park that saves all the grand trees along Palm, a garage with 1,500 spaces, a panoramic rooftop deck, high ceilings, large industrial windows and exposed structural elements. (Rendering via SoHo Capital)
The guys who brought you Tampa’s Armature Works plan high-end offices next door, and they’ve already signed a lease with med-tech company AxoGen
A mushroom Tartine dish made by chef Alvarez using produce from the Monterey farm. (Courtesy of Mitchell Communications)
Walmart is teaming with a Seminole Heights chef to promote locally grown mushrooms

Top Business News

Federal loans open to Pinellas businesses struggling against Red Tide

Federal loans open to Pinellas businesses struggling against Red Tide

The U.S. Small Business Administration has extended its disaster loan program to include Pinellas and Pasco county businesses affected by Red Tide.Already, the Pinellas County Economic Development Office was taking applications for bridge loans to he...
Published: 09/21/18
Former Tampa Bay exec and Chico’s CEO Shelley Broader discusses changing retail in St. Pete visit

Former Tampa Bay exec and Chico’s CEO Shelley Broader discusses changing retail in St. Pete visit

ST. PETERSBURG — When Shelley Broader worked in Tampa Bay, she was turning around a failing grocery store.It was the early 2000s. Amazon wasn’t a powerhouse yet, people were still on Myspace and no one was ordering groceries online. On Thursday, she ...
Published: 09/20/18
Updated: 09/21/18
PolitiFact: What percentage of Americans own stocks?

PolitiFact: What percentage of Americans own stocks?

The statement"Most Americans don’t own stocks."U.S. Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., Sept. 12 in a Facebook postThe rulingThe Dow Jones Industrial Average has risen by 32 percent since President Donald Trump took office. But are Americans overall benefiting...
Published: 09/18/18
Updated: 09/20/18
Artificial intelligence might not threaten the human race, but it could be coming for your job

Artificial intelligence might not threaten the human race, but it could be coming for your job

You likely have heard how artificial intelligence is changing the world, from smart phones that keep getting smarter to all the experimenting with driverless vehicles.The rapidly improving technology has also begun replacing workers, especially anyon...
Published: 09/21/18
Tampa Bay’s fastest selling used car is a Prius. Do you drive the slowest selling car?

Tampa Bay’s fastest selling used car is a Prius. Do you drive the slowest selling car?

Apparently, a lot of people in Tampa Bay are trying to get their hands on a Toyota Prius. An analysis by iSeeCars shows that the eco-friendly car is the fastest-selling used vehicle in the area, averaging 19.2 days on the market. That might not be su...
Published: 09/20/18

Business News

Daniel Ruth: City owes Gonzmart and Princess Ulele more than a notice of code violation

Daniel Ruth: City owes Gonzmart and Princess Ulele more than a notice of code violation

This has to be height of bureaucratic pettiness, especially for a city whose track record in promoting quality public art falls somewhere between stick figures and finger puppets.Richard Gonzmart is a community treasure. As the force behind a number ...
Published: 09/19/18
‘Something fishy’ about sale of a golf-course villa in Seminole

‘Something fishy’ about sale of a golf-course villa in Seminole

SEMINOLE — There were so many unusual aspects to the sale of a certain Seminole villa that it’s hard to know where to begin. Is it with the fact the villa sold for $100,000 despite a cash offer of $128,700? Is it that the buyer was a Realtor in the s...
Published: 09/19/18
New restaurants: Olivia from Chris Ponte, Crabby Bill’s Off the Hook

New restaurants: Olivia from Chris Ponte, Crabby Bill’s Off the Hook

COMING SOON: OLIVIA Chris Ponte, right, has been a steady and notable culinary leader in our area for more than a decade with his flagship restaurant Cafe Ponte in Clearwater. A couple of years ago he mixed things up a bit by debuting On Swann in Hy...
Published: 09/19/18
AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson steps down after 20 years in driver’s seat

AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson steps down after 20 years in driver’s seat

Associated PressFORT LAUDERDALE — Mike Jackson is stepping down after almost two decades leading AutoNation, the nation’s largest dealership chain. Jackson, 69, steered AutoNation through the economic crisis and shares have increased fourfold since h...
Published: 09/19/18
These four people made Florida Trend’s list of the 500 most influential business leaders

These four people made Florida Trend’s list of the 500 most influential business leaders

The 180-page Florida 500 is a compelling read for anyone curious about how the state’s most influential business leaders rose to power.Florida Trend magazine undertook some heavy lifting to compile the 2018 roster. Sure, some of the 500 bios read lik...
Published: 09/19/18

The future of University Mall in Tampa is that it won’t be a mall anymore

TAMPA — The University Mall isn’t bustling on weekday afternoons. But it’s not deserted, either.A line eight-people deep waits at the BBQ counter in the food court. Children jump on inflatable trampolines in front of the Dillard’s clearance store; sh...
Published: 09/13/18
Updated: 09/18/18
Tampa Bay businesses feel Red Tide’s sting: ‘Our sales are going to be our lowest ever’

Tampa Bay businesses feel Red Tide’s sting: ‘Our sales are going to be our lowest ever’

TREASURE ISLAND — For the first time during her 15 years bartending at Caddy’s on the Beach, Amanda Hudson had to help close shop early this past weekend because the smell of dead fish coming from the gulf was too putrid to bear."We had to shut down ...
Published: 09/18/18
‘Imminent’ bankruptcy filing for law firm of suspended St . Pete lawyer Mark Stopa

‘Imminent’ bankruptcy filing for law firm of suspended St . Pete lawyer Mark Stopa

The law firm of suspended St. Petersburg attorney Mark Stopa is in such chaos that much of its staff has quit — some after suffering stress-related breakdowns — and a liquidation bankruptcy filing is imminent.In an emergency motion filed this week in...
Published: 09/19/18
Ernest Hooper: HCC helps light the way for those on life's winding paths

Ernest Hooper: HCC helps light the way for those on life's winding paths

After he graduated from a Maryland high school, Rickey Murray had a number of opportunities awaiting him at a number of four-year institutions.He eyed the University of South Florida, applied to Florida International University and considered Virgini...
Published: 09/18/18
Port Tampa Bay building new radiation screening facilities for cargo

Port Tampa Bay building new radiation screening facilities for cargo

TAMPA — Port Tampa Bay moved ahead Tuesday with a $4 million project to build three new radiation screening centers next to berths for containers and refrigerated cargo.The port already has a facility at its main exit where U.S. Customs and Border Pr...
Published: 09/18/18