Thursday, February 22, 2018
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News of the business week ahead

News of the business week to come

IT'S A BUSY WEEK AT
GERDAU AMERISTEEL. The company reports earnings today and then execs will be off to Toronto for Friday's annual meeting. They'll be celebrating a banner year for Gerdau. Shareholders who can't make the trip to Toronto can listen in via Webcast, which starts at 9:30 a.m., at www.gerdauameristeel.com. Although its headquarters is in Tampa, Gerdau is incorporated in Canada.

SHAREHOLDERS OF LINCARE HOLDINGS will converge at 9 a.m. today for the home oxygen company's annual meeting at the Holiday Inn Select, 3535 Ulmerton Road in Clearwater. The Clearwater company has been adversely affected by congressional efforts to trim Medicare reimbursements for oxygen and medical devices in homes.

HAVE YOU STOCKED UP ON FOREVER STAMPS? If not, it will cost you a little more at the post office starting today. A year after the last bump, The U.S. Postal Service is boosting the cost of sending a first-class letter by a penny to 42 cents. Other postal costs are rising, including a bump in certified mail to $2.70, up 5 cents.

DOES FLORIDA NEED MORE NUCLEAR POWER? The Florida Public Service Commission will hold a prehearing on Progress Energy's planned Levy County nuclear project at 9:30 a.m. today. The prehearing will determine the schedule of the public hearing, which is slated for next week. For more information, go to www.psc.state.fl.us.

Orlando will host the largest event on payment, security and identification technologies in the Americas, featuring more than 120 speakers, 40 conference sessions and 20 hours of exhibit hall time. CTST The Americas 2008 will be at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando starting today. For more information and to register, visit www.ctst.com.

FACE UP TO CLIMATE CHANGE when Florida's business leaders join with environmentalists on Wednesday to launch the "Faces of Climate Change" television advertising campaign at 2 p.m. at the Sheraton Riverwalk Hotel, 200 N Ashley Drive in Tampa. Officials from the St. Joe Co., Mosaic and others will join leaders from the Environmental Defense Fund and the Florida Wildlife Federation.

LOOKING TO INVEST IN BUSINESSES OF THE FUTURE? The Florida Venture Forum holds its Early Stage Capital Conference on Friday at the Omni ChampionsGate in Orlando. Contact Robin Kovaleski, executive director, at [email protected], or Pat Schneider, program director, at [email protected], or call (813) 335-8116 for more information.

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Tampa Bay area’s population projected to grow to 3.1 million this year

Tampa Bay area’s population projected to grow to 3.1 million this year

TAMPA — The Tampa Bay area’s population, already the largest of any metropolitan area in the state, is projected to grow from 3 million last year to 3.1 million this year, and to 3.3 million over the next five years.That growth is expected to bring c...
Updated: 19 minutes ago
Work finally starts on downtown St. Petersburg’s newest hotel

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Updated: 2 hours ago
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Outback Steakhouse owner Bloomin’ Brands beats Wall Street forecasts

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Updated: 2 hours ago
Note to readers: About those annoying popups on your phones

Note to readers: About those annoying popups on your phones

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Updated: 2 hours ago
Saving trees a passion for some St. Petersburg neighborhood leaders

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This week food fests celebrate collard greens and Jewish foods

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Updated: 3 hours ago
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Updated: 7 hours ago
Hillsborough commissioners ask CareerSource chief to step down or be fired

Hillsborough commissioners ask CareerSource chief to step down or be fired

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Published: 02/21/18
St. Pete's World Liquors sign will live on at new home

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

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

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