Thursday, February 22, 2018
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State spending sprees need better oversight | March 9

Enterprise Florida criticism on target

Columnist Robert Trigaux's criticisms of Enterprise Florida are well placed, especially in terms of the agency having a patina of a private sector business and flavor of privatization.

Enterprise Florida plays a useful public role in working to attract businesses to the state that also create well-paid and long-lasting jobs. It reflects the constant competition among states to influence business relocation and/or expansion.

However, to accomplish its job, it does not need to run up expenses of an imperial nature, as Trigaux notes. His demand for accountability means not only reasonable expenses but a measurement of results that have some degree of permanency and pay back to the state.

The acuteness of Trigaux's columns on business are their readable prose and conciseness, and his recognition that collaboration between the public and private sectors is usually positive.

James Gillespie, St. Petersburg

Florida economy lags March 9

Look at quality of jobs Scott created

Say what? How can that be? Gov. Rick Scott has been busy creating jobs daily. Just ask him, if you weren't aware of that.

Oh, you mean they need to be meaningful, mid-income jobs, not just minimum wages. Shucks, there you go again, to quote the Gipper. I would hope that Charlie Crist rams home the fact that Florida is in the bottom 10 of the nation in economic activity.

Doug Bauer, Clearwater

No CONNECT scrutiny planned | March 13

State leaders act in own best interest

How utterly unbelievable that no one in Tallahassee is concerned about the Department of Economic Opportunity fiasco over its unemployment website CONNECT that caused so many such grief. I did not see the governor come out for a management housecleaning, but then again, why would he when Chairman Andy Gardiner can cover up the mess for him?

They can even get away with instituting requirements that have been deemed unconstitutional by federal officials.

When will the electorate of this state wise up and vote these folks out of office? But then again, the folks in Tallahassee bank on public apathy to let them do what is in their best interest instead of what is in the interest of the public.

How pathetic.

Ronald Matte, Land O'Lakes

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Hillsborough commissioners ask CareerSource chief to step down or be fired

Hillsborough commissioners ask CareerSource chief to step down or be fired

TAMPA –– Hillsborough County commissioners voted Wednesday to ask embattled jobs center leader Ed Peachey to either resign or face termination over concerns the agency inflated job placement numbers with the state. Chairwoman Sandy Murman said commis...
Updated: 8 hours ago
CareerSource jobs chief Edward Peachey could soon be out of work

CareerSource jobs chief Edward Peachey could soon be out of work

CLEARWATER — The heads of the Pinellas and Hillsborough jobs boards will hold emergency meetings in the coming days to consider firing president and CEO Edward Peachey. Jack Geller, board chairman of CareerSource Pinellas, and Dick Peck, chairman of ...
Updated: 9 hours ago
St. Pete's World Liquors sign will live on at new home

St. Pete's World Liquors sign will live on at new home

A local landmark for a half century isn't coming down for good.
Updated: 12 hours ago
Investor calls for Bloomin’ Brands to let Outback Steakhouse stand alone

Investor calls for Bloomin’ Brands to let Outback Steakhouse stand alone

TAMPA — A second activist investor is calling for a big shake-up at Bloomin’ Brands Inc. In a letter to Bloomin’s CEO, Barington Capital Group, a New York-based investment firm, urged the Tampa-based restaurant conglomerate to let ...
Updated: 12 hours ago

Uber unrolls new pool service that could drastically cut fare

A new way to Uber is coming to Florida, but the "Express Pool" feature is only rolling out in Miami and seven of other cities to start.That means Tampa Bay will have to wait and see if it will get access to Uber’s latest offering, which links riders ...
Published: 02/21/18
Clearwater Beach named No. 1 in U.S. by TripAdvisor

Clearwater Beach named No. 1 in U.S. by TripAdvisor

A reigning champion for sand and sunshine, Tampa Bay is once again home to what’s been deemed the best beach in the country. Clearwater Beach was named the best beach in the U.S. for 2018 by the popular travel site TripAdvisor reclaiming the crown tw...
Published: 02/21/18
This week food fests celebrate collard greens and Jewish foods

This week food fests celebrate collard greens and Jewish foods

FIELD OF GREEN: COLLARD FESTOn Saturday you can devote your whole day to the beauty of collard greens. Well, that’s the jumping off point. Collards are the "central ingredient" at the Tampa Bay Collard Green Festival at St. Petersburg’s Historic Deuc...
Published: 02/21/18
Tampa Bay homes prices soar by double-digits in January

Tampa Bay homes prices soar by double-digits in January

Home prices soared in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties in January, the highest gains in several months. Prices for single family homes also rose in Hernando and Pasco as the shortage of available homes showed no immediate sign of easing. The bay a...
Published: 02/20/18
Updated: 02/21/18
Career Q&A: Nut allergy is a serious workplace concern

Career Q&A: Nut allergy is a serious workplace concern

Q: My manager has recently started eating nuts at her desk, which is located right next to mine. Unfortunately, I have a serious nut allergy, so any contact with them could produce a life-threatening reaction. Even foods which contain tiny pieces of ...
Published: 02/20/18
Yes, we have some bananas: Port Tampa Bay welcomes first shipment in 21 years

Yes, we have some bananas: Port Tampa Bay welcomes first shipment in 21 years

TAMPA — More than two decades after the last bunch arrived on shore, bananas are back at Tampa’s port. More than 3,900 pallets of Chiquita bananas from Ecuador arrived last week at the new Port Logistics Refrigerated Services warehouse.It was the fir...
Published: 02/20/18