Tuesday, February 20, 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.

In this Burgert Brothers photo from Oct. 30, 1956, women watch workers unload bananas at Tampa's port. Burgert Brothers.  Photo courtesy, Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System

Yes, we have some bananas: Port Tampa Bay welcomes first shipment in 21 years

TAMPA — More than two decades after the last bunch arrived on shore, bananas are back at Tampa’s port. More than 3,900 pallets of Chiquita bananas from Ecuador arrived last week at the new Port Logistics Refrigerated Services...
Updated: 25 minutes ago
BATTER UP: Tampa Bay Rays prinicipal owner 
Stuart Sternberg, left, at the Feb. 9 news conference where he announced that the Rays' efforts for a new ballpark are now solely focused on a site in Ybor City. That puts the pressure on the man on the right, Sykes Enterprises CEO Chuck Sykes, who with Tampa attorney Ron Christaldi, has formed Tampa Bay Rays 2020, a nonprofit created to rally business support for a Rays move to Tampa. OCTAVO JONES   |   Times

On deck in Rays ballpark quest: Tampa Bay’s business community

TAMPA — Columbia Restaurant owner Richard Gonzmart says he’s ready to put his checkbook where his heart is when it comes to supporting a Tampa Bay Rays move to Ybor City.So is the investment fund for the founding family of Ashley Furniture. So,...
Published: 02/19/18
When it opens in mid-April, Bay 3 at the renovated Tampa Armature Works building in the Heights will be a membership-based co-working space. Rendering via Armature Works

Next phase for the Tampa Armature Works: co-working office space

TAMPA — The mixed-use rebirth of the old Tampa Armature Works warehouse is proceeding in stages. First up: last month’s debut of the new ballroom, followed closely by the opening of more than a dozen vendors in the Heights Public Market food...
Published: 02/19/18
Southwest Airlines announced plans Thursday to start nonstop flights between Tampa and Los Angeles in August. Photo courtesy Tampa International Airport

Southwest to launch nonstop Tampa-to-Los Angeles flights in August

TAMPA — Starting Aug. 7, Southwest Airlines will begin daily nonstop service between Tampa International Airport and Los Angeles.A Southwest Boeing 737-700 will fly the route once a day, Tampa International Airport officials said Thursday. That...
Published: 02/15/18
Craig Anderson of HeadRehab talks with his wife and colleague, Vera, at a communal work table Tampa Bay Wave in 2014. EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times (2014)

$100,000 Nielsen grant seeds Tampa Bay Wave accelerator for diverse startups

TAMPA — Tampa Bay Wave will use a $100,000 grant from the Nielsen Foundation to create a 90-day accelerator program for tech startups owned by women, minorities, veterans or LGBT entrepreneurs.This summer’s TechDiversity Accelerator will aim to...
Published: 02/14/18
Roberto St. John, who works for Tampa International Airport's Economy Garage shuttle service, helps unload passenger's luggage while Rafael Morales, left, of Spring Hill and Wendy Dohm, right, of Houston, Texas, look on on Tuesday. Tuesday was the last day of work for drivers like St. John, whose services will be replaced by a new automated train that will run between the airport's terminal and the parking garage. 

With the SkyConnect train (and more), Tampa International Airport marks a big new beginning, but also one small ending

TAMPA — Tony Facciponte was just pulling away from the curb Tuesday morning when he spotted the preppy young man rushing to make the shuttle. So he stopped, opened the door and smiled."A prince among men," the latecomer told Facciponte as he...
Published: 02/14/18
Amgen's new offices in West Shore include open, flexible work spaces that the company says are designed to promote communication and and team work. RICHARD DANIELSON  |  Times

Amgen’s arrival shows how Tampa’s corporate landscape is evolving

TAMPA — Pharmaceutical giant Amgen formally opened its new office in West Shore Monday, and much about the operation — from how it chose Tampa to what it has created here — speak to the ways the Tampa Bay area is changing.The California-based...
Published: 02/12/18
Signs are popping up around Ybor City in the area where the Tampa Bay Rays have announced plans to build a stadium. [MARC TOPKIN | Times]

Stuart Sternberg: Tampa’s Ybor City is top choice for next Rays ballpark

TAMPA — The Tampa Bay Rays decided where its future lies, and it’s in Tampa.Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg announced Friday that the team wants to build its next ballpark in Ybor City, the historic Latin neighborhood near downtown with...
Published: 02/09/18
Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce chairman Steven Bernstein, left, and St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce chairwoman Anne Drake McMullen spoke Friday morning about baseball, education and transportation at Café con Tampa. RICHARD DANIELSON  |  Times

St. Petersburg, Tampa chamber chairs agree: Rays have to stay in region

TAMPA — If ever there was a morning to test Tampa and St. Petersburg’s spirit of cross-bay regionalism, it was Friday morning.The top headline was about a news conference later today where Hillsborough officials expect the Tampa Bay Rays to...
Published: 02/09/18
Frontier Airlines announced Thursday it will begin flights between Tampa International Airport and Austin, Texas starting in April. Photo by Mark Hoffman | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via MCT (2014)

Frontier to add Tampa flights to Austin in April

TAMPA — Frontier Airlines announced Thursday that Tampa International Airport will be one of 14 new destinations the low-fare carrier will begin service to from Austin, Texas starting in April.Thursday and Sunday flights between Austin and...
Published: 02/08/18