dip 19 percent
Based on the latest data from RealtyTrac, Pinellas County may be in better shape coming out of the real estate downturn than the rest of the bay area. Pinellas saw foreclosures dip 19 percent from March to April. About 996 foreclosure filings were counted in April, or one for every 503 households. But consider the rest of the region: Pasco County reported foreclosure filings were up 13 percent from March to April; Hillsborough County reported 1,889 foreclosure filings in April, a 9 percent increase from March; and Hernando County came off the worst, with its 561 filings representing a 135 percent jump from March.
FAA offers airport $1.5-million grant
St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport was offered a $1.5-million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration for safety, security and the airport's terminal renovation projects. The terminal renovation project seeks to improve an aging facility that was constructed in 12 segments over the past 50 years, the airport says. The grant also supports a new generator for the airport fire and rescue department, new taxiway markings, an airfield drainage study and a new security vehicle.
Onetime Publix bagger rises to top
Tim Henning, who started as a part-time bagger 27 years ago, was named one of Publix Super Markets' top four district managers at the chain's annual leadership conference in Orlando last week. Henning oversees 11 supermarkets from Bradenton to Pinellas County.