Deals & shopping

  1. Lloyd's of London dramatically lowers its flood insurance rates in Florida

    Banking

    Here's something that might shock many Tampa Bay homeowners:

    Flood insurance rates are falling.

    For $250,000 of coverage, the National Flood Insurance Program from FEMA quoted a rate of $4,846 for this home in the Shores Acres section of St. Petersburg. The Lloyds of London rate for this home was $2,123.
  2. Be wary of stockbrokers who fail securities exam repeatedly

    Personal Finance

    Raymond James stockbroker Karen L. Gallahar got some unwanted attention this week in a nationwide analysis that shows brokers who repeatedly failed a basic securities exam tend to have worse disciplinary records.

  3. Orangetheory Fitness opens in Brandon

    Retail

    BRANDON — If you have wondered what the brightly painted, neon orange bicycles strategically placed all over town are all about, you are officially invited to find out the theory behind them on Saturday.

    At the sneak peek, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, the studio will explain how you can run, row and rep your way to weight loss and personal goals via heart-rate based interval training.
  4. Go-cart fans get their fix at indoor Tampa Bay Grand Prix

    Retail

    TAMPA

    He gripped the wheel as the go-cart careened through the turn.

    Drivers enter the first turn of the red course, the more technical of two at Tampa Bay Grand Prix west of Brandon, on Saturday. Other than the speed factor, hard-core racers like the force it takes to steer and how the tires heat up.
  5. Amazon to start collecting sales tax in Florida on May 1

    Retail

    Planning to buy something on Amazon? Better "add to cart'' now because the cost of most items is about to go up at least 6 percent for shoppers in Florida.

    Construction of the Amazon warehouse in Ruskin is “on a very accelerated deadline,’’ Jim Ford, interim head of Hillsborough County building services, said this month.
  6. Valpak Direct Marketing moving Largo headquarters to St. Petersburg

    Business

    Valpak Direct Marketing Systems is moving its corporate headquarters from Largo to a St. Petersburg office park to get closer to its manufacturing center.

  7. 'Cavernous' Amazon warehouse in Ruskin is well under way

    Retail

    TAMPA — Amazon is racing to complete a massive warehouse in southeastern Hillsborough County in time for the holiday shopping rush and likely will end up hiring even more people than the 1,000 originally planned.

    The Ruskin warehouse, near Interstate 75 off State Road 674, covers 1.1 million square feet. It could start processing orders by Christmas. Eventually robots will assist workers.
  8. Winn-Dixie hiring at Tampa Bay area stores

    Retail

    Soon after acquiring Sweetbay supermarkets and converting them into Winn-Dixie stores, the grocer has announced it is hiring people to work at its Tampa Bay area stores.

  9. At times, paper beats all else

    Consumer

    Although electronic devices are taking the place of paper in many ways, paper is not obsolete. In fact, writing things down helps people remember important dates and tasks. Just follow these guidelines to make sure you're using paper effectively, in combination with your smartphone or computer.

  10. Thurston: Fired St. Petersburg worker target of J.C. Penney dispute

    Retail

    In the scheme of J.C. Penney's problems, Bob Blatchford might seem like a mismatched sock in a pile of laundry.

    J.C. Penney’s dispute with former St. Petersburg employee Bob Blatchford comes as the chain is still struggling to regain customers lost when the company stopped its discount offers and coupons under CEO Ron Johnson, who was ousted last year.