Thursday, April 26, 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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Cities turn to private inspectors as construction booms, and problems follow

Cities turn to private inspectors as construction booms, and problems follow

ST. PETERSBURG — With construction booming throughout Florida, private inspectors are increasingly reviewing the work of building contractors. But that has sometimes led to missed code violations and other problems.Now the city of St. Petersburg is r...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Amazon raising price of annual Prime membership to $119

Amazon raising price of annual Prime membership to $119

NEW YORK — Amazon is raising the price of its annual Prime membership fee by 20 percent starting next month. The company said Thursday that Prime members in the U.S. will now pay $119 a year, up from $99, starting May 11 for new members. The new pric...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Almost half of all homes for sale in Tampa Bay are unaffordable for first-time buyers

Almost half of all homes for sale in Tampa Bay are unaffordable for first-time buyers

Times Staff WriterAlmost half of all homes on the market in the Tampa Bay area are unaffordable for many buyers. According to Zillow, 48.7 percent of homes for sale are "high-end --- more than $348,0000 in Tampa Bay -- while just 20.5 percent are "l...
Published: 04/26/18
Outback Steakhouse owner Bloomin’ Brands beats Wall Street forecast in first quarter

Outback Steakhouse owner Bloomin’ Brands beats Wall Street forecast in first quarter

TAMPA — Growing sales at Outback Steakhouse have once again led parent company Bloomin’ Brands to beat Wall Street’s expectations, the latest quarterly report shows.But the Tampa-based restaurant group’s other chains are failing to keep up. Bloomin’ ...
Published: 04/26/18
Focus crossover and Mustang will be only Ford sedans sold in North American dealerships

Focus crossover and Mustang will be only Ford sedans sold in North American dealerships

DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford Motor Co. said Wednesday it will shed most of its North American car lineup as part of broad plan to save money and make the company more competitive in a fast-changing marketplace.The changes include getting rid of all cars in...
Published: 04/26/18
Domino’s lifts curtain on ‘pizza theater’ in Lutz

Domino’s lifts curtain on ‘pizza theater’ in Lutz

LUTZ — Domino’s new ‘pizza theater’ store recently opened in Lutz, just outside of the Ballantrae subdivision. The store features the open-concept pizza theater design which offers viewing of the food preparation process.There is also a comfortable l...
Published: 04/26/18
Engaged couple opens chiropractic practice for all ages on W Hillsborough Ave

Engaged couple opens chiropractic practice for all ages on W Hillsborough Ave

TAMPA — Dr. Kaylee Canalungo and Dr. Kace Groff were attending Palmer College of Chiropractic in different states when a mutual friend introduced them. After graduating and working together at a chiropractic office in New York, they are engaged to be...
Published: 04/26/18

Clean Juice gets 3rd spot in Hyde Park Village

Michelle Piniella forecast about another South Tampa Clean Juice location in March, and now it’s official. The healthy, fresh juice concept has secured a lease with Hyde Park Village.The opening date is to be announced this summer as it is currently ...
Published: 04/26/18
Cuban cuisine transformed at Armature Works

Cuban cuisine transformed at Armature Works

DOWNTOWN — Felicia Lacalle says cuban cooking is in her blood as she traditionally learned from her mother growing up. Since then she has perfected her craft finding ways to recreate classic dishes with a modern twist and now she aims to change the C...
Published: 04/26/18
PolitiFact: False claim circulates about Allegiant Air offering 2 free tickets

PolitiFact: False claim circulates about Allegiant Air offering 2 free tickets

The statement"Allegiant Air is rewarding everyone with 2 free plane tickets to celebrate April Aviation Week!"Bloggers, April 22 in a blog postThe rulingContrary to a false claim on a phony website, Allegiant Air is not offering two free tickets in e...
Updated: 8 hours ago