Sunday, November 18, 2018
Business

Website ranks St. Petersburg, Tampa as top 'pet friendly' cities in the U.S.

A new ranking by the real estate site Zumper calls St. Petersburg the most pet friendly city in the country, with Tampa following closely behind.

The ranking calculated scores for 95 American cities in three categories: ease of owning a pet, places to play and the number of home rental listings that allow animals.

Ease was based on the number of pet stores, veterinarians and pet-friendly restaurants listed on Yelp, as well as the cost of pet insurance. Play scores were based on the number of dog parks per capita, the percentage of each city's area set aside for parks in general, pleasant weather and a city's walkability according to WalkScore.

"St. Petersburg topped our ranks of pet friendly cities due largely to the fact that it was in the top 10 percent of cities with cat friendly listings," the website wrote. "St. Petersburg also scored very well in the ease of owning a pet category because of the high density of veterinarians, pet stores and pet restaurants in the area."

Tampa came in at No. 5 in the ranking, behind Seattle, Portland, Ore. and Arlington, Va., making it the second-most pet friendly city in Florida, according to Zumper..

St. Pete had a better score in the play and ease categories, but Tampa scored higher in pet apartments, since it had one of the "highest proportions of pet friendly listings," the site said.

Dogs have become an increasingly common sight in bars, restaurants and breweries around Tampa Bay. Earlier this year, The Dog Bar, which combines a dog park with beer, wine and a full-liquor bar, opened on Central Avenue in St. Petersburg. Restaurants such as Cassis American Brasserie in St. Petersburg, and Besa Grill in Clearwater have been offering a menu specifically for dogs for years

Comments
Brightline-Virgin rail service from Tampa to Orlando has estimated cost of $1.7 billion and would charge $73 a ticket

Brightline-Virgin rail service from Tampa to Orlando has estimated cost of $1.7 billion and would charge $73 a ticket

A financing plan filed last week with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission offers new details about the partnership between Miami-based Brightline and Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group.
Updated: 4 minutes ago
Thanksgiving gas prices headed for two-year low

Thanksgiving gas prices headed for two-year low

Gas prices in Florida are on track to be the lowest in two years, a boon for the 2.5 million travelers AAA, The Auto Club Group, expects to hit the roadways for the holiday this week.
Updated: 1 hour ago
IRS: Tarpon Springs couple used 'sham' companies to keep from paying $8.8 million in taxes

IRS: Tarpon Springs couple used 'sham' companies to keep from paying $8.8 million in taxes

The federal government accuses William and Regina Planes of Tarpon Springs of creating "alter egos'' and "sham trusts'' to keep the IRS from collecting more than $8.8 million in taxes they owed.
Updated: 5 hours ago
Who’s selling sports goods after midnight on Black Friday? Where do you go to get a tie at 3 a.m.?

Who’s selling sports goods after midnight on Black Friday? Where do you go to get a tie at 3 a.m.?

This holiday overview of area retail outlets guides you to the answers
Updated: 5 hours ago
Ernest Hooper: Initiative provides chance to make a better Tampa for pedestrians, cyclists

Ernest Hooper: Initiative provides chance to make a better Tampa for pedestrians, cyclists

Viable, safe alternatives to using a car in Hillsborough County remain as uncommon as snow.
Updated: 8 hours ago
Make-A-Wish builds Pinellas special needs teen a custom playhouse

Make-A-Wish builds Pinellas special needs teen a custom playhouse

Make-A-Wish Southern Florida surprised a Pinellas County teen with a custom backyard play set specifically designed for his needs.
Published: 11/19/18
Hernando Business Happenings

Hernando Business Happenings

News and notes on local businesses
Published: 11/19/18
Dear Penny: I need a car, but my credit is awful. Will I get ripped off?

Dear Penny: I need a car, but my credit is awful. Will I get ripped off?

Some advice on how to find an affordable used car at a price you can afford.
Published: 11/19/18
Tarpon Springs eases development rules on Sponge Docks

Tarpon Springs eases development rules on Sponge Docks

Development will become easier at both ends of the docks, though officials say the character won't change.
Published: 11/19/18
So why isn't Blake Casper resting on his laurels and eating Egg McMuffins every morning at one of his 64 McDonalds?

So why isn't Blake Casper resting on his laurels and eating Egg McMuffins every morning at one of his 64 McDonalds?

He is. But he says he has other restaurants to create
Updated: 8 hours ago