Richard Danielson, Economic Development, Port, Airport and Movers and Shakers Reporter

Richard Danielson

Economic Development, Port, Airport and Movers and Shakers Reporter

Since joining the Times in 1987, I’ve worked a lot of places (Dade City, New Port Richey, Palm Harbor, Clearwater, Tampa) and have covered a lot of stuff (local government, including two tours at Tampa City Hall, state and federal courts, higher education, business). I grew up in Clearwater and live about a mile from my childhood home. Away from work, I row for exercise, read, play a lot of computer Scrabble, often start cooking dinner around 9 p.m. and help wrangle Frenchy, our lab-beagle-sharpei-pit bull mix.

Tampa International: Keep your emotional support animal at home unless it’s flying

Joann Serkey of Spring Hill brought her 4-year-old mini schnauzer Adrienne to Tampa International Airport Thursday morning to greet her family, including her grandchildren Connor Clark, 11, and Sophia Clark, 13, who live in Connecticut. They arrived just minutes after the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority adopted a new rule that bans pets, including emotional support animals, from the terminal unless they are flying. Emotional support animals that are flying must be on a leash or in a carrier and cannot be taken into the airport’s restaurants. Service animals are not affected by the new rule. RICHARD DANIELSON  |  Times
The new rule, which will be enforced with conversations, warnings and, in extreme cases, trespass notices, does not affect service animals trained to help people with disabilities.

Hyatt hotel coming to block next to Tampa City Hall

Expected to open in late 2020, HRI Properties’ project next to Tampa City Hall consists of a combined 17-story, 230-room Hyatt Place hotel and a 115-room Hyatt House hotel, plus meeting space, retail and parking. [Rendering courtesy HRI Properties/Baker Barrios]
The project is scheduled to be done in late 2020 in time for the Super Bowl to return to Tampa.

Port Tampa Bay wants to create more land by dredging East Bay estuary

Port Tampa Bay is seeking a permit for a long-range project to create 67 acres of new uplands by dredging part of East Bay south of the Tampa Shrimp Docks on Causeway Boulevard. RICHARD DANIELSON | Times
The project is planned south of Causeway Boulevard in East Bay, an estuary with a history of dredging going back to the 1960s. The environmental group Tampa Bay Waterkeeper opposes the plan.

United Airlines seeks to build new $33M hangar at Tampa International

United Airlines is looking to build a hangar on 9.5 acres just east of the terminal at Tampa International Airport for its Boeing 737s. Photo via United Airlines
The facility would be built east of the terminal at N West Shore and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. boulevards

The BB&T-SunTrust merger: Tampa Bay business boosters wait to see what it means for them

With offices side-by-side in St. Petersburg, BB&T and SunTrust are not only big players in banking but also in community and economic development organizations. [CHRIS URSO | Times]
The banks have supported chambers of commerce and corporate recruiting organizations with substantial amounts of money and their executives' time.