Tuesday, August 14, 2018


Richard Danielson

Richard Danielson

Richard Danielson covers business news, including economic development, Tampa International Airport, Port Tampa Bay and the Water Street Tampa project near downtown Tampa. Since joining the Times in 1987, he has covered Tampa City Hall (twice) as well as local government in Pinellas and Pasco counties, state and federal courts and higher education. He also has worked as a general assignment reporter and as the Times’ Palm Harbor bureau chief and Clearwater city editor. In his last assignment at City Hall, he was the main contributor to PolitiFact Florida’s Buck-O-Meter, which tracks Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s performance on 34 campaign promises.

Flock & Stock, by Tampa restaurateur Dave Burton, is one of 10 new ventures headed to Sparkman Wharf (currently known as Channelside Bay Plaza). The new takeout spots, located in repurposed shipping containers, will be near a shaded outdoor dining lawn and beer garden. Rendering via Strategic Property Partners.

Dave Burton bringing burgers and other American roadside fare to Sparkman Wharf

TAMPA — Dave Burton, a partner in Holy Hog BBQ in Tampa and the
Published: 08/13/18
Nielsen, the data analytics company that has a global technology and innovation center in Oldsmar, should be put up for sale, an activist investor announced Monday. ATOYIA DEANS | Times (2006)

Activist investor Elliott Management wants Nielsen put up for sale

An activist investor with an 8.4 percent stake in Nielsen said Monday it will push for the TV ratings giant, which has a large technology and innovation center in Oldsmar, to be put up for sale.Elliott Management Corp., a New York hedge fund...
Published: 08/13/18
Tim Schar started in January as the market president for the Tampa Bay area in SunTrust Bank's Florida division. (SunTrust photo)

SunTrust Tampa Bay president: Let’s play offense and go after the market

TAMPA — With his wife’s family in the Tampa Bay area and his own parents near Sarasota, Tim Schar was no stranger to the west coast of Florida even before January.But visiting is one thing.Running one of the region’s biggest banks is...
Published: 08/10/18
Happy hour at Elevage inside the Epicurean Hotel in Tampa earlier this summer. Hillsborough hotels collected a record amount of bed taxes for June. LUIS SANTANA   |   Times

Hillsborough bed tax collections set monthly record (again)

TAMPA — Visitors to Hillsborough County paid more than $2.41 million in hotel bed taxes in June, up nearly 8 percent compared to the same month last year and a new record.With two months left in its budget year, Visit Tampa Bay said...
Published: 08/09/18
Frontier Airlines, which plans to expand its service from Tampa International Airport to a total of 19 cities starting in mid-November, is expanding its fleet with the purchase of 200 Airbus A320neo jets, which have quieter, more fuel-efficient engines. (Photo via Frontier Airlines)

Frontier Airlines expands service from Tampa to six cities

TAMPA — Frontier Airlines will start flying to six new cities from Tampa International Airport this winter, and four of them are places not served by any other airline from TIA.The four all-new markets are Portland, Maine; Norfolk, Va.;...
Published: 08/08/18
Power Design is in the midst of a multi-phase expansion project at its 22-acre campus in the Gateway area of St. Petersburg. Construction is expected to be done in mid-2019. Rendering via Power Design

St. Petersburg-based Power Design faces lawsuit from District of Columbia over classification of electrical workers

ST. PETERSBURG — Power Design, an electrical contractor that’s completed more than 1,000 projects nationwide, is facing a lawsuit in the District of Columbia, where officials contend it illegally misclassified hundreds of workers to lower wages and...
Published: 08/06/18
WellCare Health Plans is based on Henderson Road in Tampa. (Times files)

WellCare selling common stock and borrowing to raise cash for Meridian purchase

TAMPA — WellCare Health Plans needs cash for its planned $2.5 billion purchase of Meridian Health Plans of Illinois and Michigan and MeridianRx, so on Monday it announced plans to sell more than 3.9 million shares of common stock and issue $700...
Published: 08/06/18
Swoop, a new, no-frills airline, plans to start service between Tampa International Airport and Hamilton, Ontario in October. Photo courtesy Swoop.

Budget airline Swoop to offer Tampa-to-Hamilton, Ontario flights

TAMPA — Swoop, a new low-cost Canadian airline, is starting air service between Tampa International Airport and Hamilton, Ontario on Oct. 20.Flights will be scheduled Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from TIA to Hamilton International Airport,...
Published: 08/03/18
Midtown Tampa is a $500 million mixed-use development being planned near the southeast intersection of Interstate 275 and N Dale Mabry Highway by the Bromley Companies, based in New York. It is expected to include a 390-unit Crescent Communities apartment complex, 48,000-square-foot Whole Foods Market and 750,000 square feet of Class A office space, plus two boutique hotels and more than 200,000 square feet of retail, restaurants, entertainment, fitness and other uses. Photo courtesy of the Bromley Companies

Midtown Tampa plans, including first office building, coming into sharper focus

TAMPA — More key pieces of the $500 million Midtown Tampa mixed-use development near...
Published: 08/02/18
Tampa International Airport CEO Joe Lopano on Thursday received a 5 percent raise, bringing his base compensation to $475,542  a year, plus a bonus of $150,000 as long as the airport finishes this year on the record-setting pace that it's on now. DANIEL WALLACE  |  Times (2013)

Tampa International Airport CEO Joe Lopano gets 5 percent raise to $475,542

TAMPA — Tampa International Airport’s revenues and passenger counts are reaching new heights — and so is airport CEO Joe Lopano’s salary.On Thursday, the airport’s governing board gave Lopano a 5 percent raise, bringing his base compensation to...
Published: 08/02/18