Tuesday, August 21, 2018
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Florida boasts 15 companies large enough to make 2013 Fortune 500

Fifteen Florida-based companies appear on the 2013 Fortune 500 list of the nation's biggest companies with publicly disclosed revenues. The largest Florida company, ranked 74th, is World Fuel Services in Miami. The largest Tampa Bay area companies are Lakeland's Publix Super Markets, Clearwater's Tech Data Corp., St. Petersburg's Jabil Circuit and Tampa's WellCare Health Plans. Last year, Florida had 16 companies in the Fortune 500 but lost Winn-Dixie when it was acquired by a business in South Carolina But Florida will soon gain a new Fortune 500 company with Tuesday's announced headquarters relocation of car rental giant Hertz Corp. to Estero in Lee County from New Jersey. Hertz ranks No. 293 on this year's list.

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These restaurants are slated for the outdoor dining space at Sparkman Wharf

These restaurants are slated for the outdoor dining space at Sparkman Wharf

TAMPA -- The lineup is set for the outdoor dining space at Sparkman Wharf, where developers have assembled a Who’s Who of inventive Tampa chefs for what will be an open-air food hall on the waterfront. The last to be announced is the chef who ...
Updated: 5 minutes ago
Animal crackers repackaged, cages removed after PETA pressure

Animal crackers repackaged, cages removed after PETA pressure

After more than a century behind bars, the beasts on boxes of animal crackers are roaming free. Mondelez International, the parent company of Nabisco, has redesigned the packaging of its Barnumís Animals crackers after relenting to pressure from Peop...
Updated: 1 hour ago
In Pinellas, three cases of the measles revive concerns about those who don’t vaccinate

In Pinellas, three cases of the measles revive concerns about those who don’t vaccinate

Pinellas County hadn’t seen a case of measles in 20 years. Then suddenly last week it had three, all from unvaccinated people. While some local physicians were not surprised that the highly contagious virus made its way back into Tampa Bay, mo...
Published: 08/21/18
Largo looks for ways to cut use of plastics, without a ban

Largo looks for ways to cut use of plastics, without a ban

LARGO ó Commissioners made a pledge recently to transition city operations to 100 percent clean energy by 2035, but Jamie Robinson had something a little more immediate in mind.So, the commissioner asked his peers on the dais if they thought the time...
Published: 08/21/18

Pasco Business Digest for Aug. 24

Business DigestBrieflyGREENPAL EXPANDS INTO WESLEY CHAPEL: GreenPal, a service that helps homeowners find a local lawn care professional, announced recently that it is extending its service to residents of Wesley Chapel. Using GreenPal, homeowners li...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Hernando Business Digest for Aug. 24

Business digestBrieflyCHICK DAYS AT TRACTOR SUPPLY: Tractor Supply, 18741 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, is celebrating Chick Days now through Sept. 23. Although some may associate springtime with starting a flock, experts agree that late summer is a gre...
Updated: 1 hour ago
TECO customers wonít pay for hurricane recovery costs

TECO customers wonít pay for hurricane recovery costs

Itís official ó Tampa Electric Co. customers wonít be paying for hurricane recovery costs. State regulators on Monday unanimously approved the utilityís request to use savings under the new federal tax law to cover hurricane-related costs."The ratepa...
Published: 08/20/18
Red Tide or not, Pinellas County confident it will reach record tourism tax dollars

Red Tide or not, Pinellas County confident it will reach record tourism tax dollars

Visit St. Petersburg Clearwater, Pinellas Countyís tourism arm, is on par to surpass the $54.7 million it collected in bed tax money last fiscal year. Even if a bout of Red Tide hits the beaches hard. It would be the highest amount of money the count...
Published: 08/20/18
Canadaís Flair Airlines to offer new nonstop service between Winnipeg and St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport

Canadaís Flair Airlines to offer new nonstop service between Winnipeg and St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport

CLEARWATER ó Canada-based Flair Airlines on Monday said it will launch nonstop flights between Winnipeg and six Sunbelt destinations, including St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport."Having brought low-fare service to 10 Canadian cities this summ...
Published: 08/20/18
Tampa Bay, state gas prices down 5 cents over the week

Tampa Bay, state gas prices down 5 cents over the week

Summer is winding down, and so are gas prices. Florida pump prices averaged $2.76 per gallon Monday, down five cents over the week. Thatís just ahead of Tampa Bayís $2.72 per gallon average, which was also down five cents since last week according to...
Published: 08/20/18