Conference today to honor women
in the community
The Women's Council of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce hosts its Women's Symposium today with keynote speaker Kathryn Marinello, chairman and CEO of Ceridian Corp. The event also honors the chamber's Community Service and Business Woman of the Year. The luncheon runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort, 501 Fifth Ave. NE. For tickets or information, contact Christina Brown at CBrown@StPete.com or 388-5730.
Plan for project
near I-275 denied
The County Commission last week denied a proposed master plan development for La Entrada, the Grady Pridgen mixed-use project near I-275. The 133-acre plan aims to add commercial, office and residential areas to a site that already contains a new ValPak facility. Pridgen had sought a boost to 75 from 30 residential units per acre and had support of some environmental groups, but the commission and the Pinellas Planning Council said the application was not complete because the developer did not meet stipulations for the increased density.
Two marinas are now rental only
After a few iterations, the Maximo and Nautico marinas will become rental only, though there may be some upgrades coming, said John Swanson with Dream Harbors, the management company that runs the facility on behalf of owners including Frank Maggio. Purchase contracts for slips are canceled and buyers have had their deposits returned. Customer research will dictate what shape that facility takes, he said. Nautico's wet slips are largely empty and Maximo is not even three-quarters full.