Thursday, May 24, 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.

Bay 3, the new co-working space at the Armature Works building in the Heights, includes a mix of private offices, dedicated desks and working spaces in a redeveloped part of the old Tampa Electric streetcar trolley barn It is on the other side of the renovated Armature Works building from the Heights Public Market. OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times

At Bay 3, developers of Tampa’s Armature Works transform old industrial space into new co-work offices

TAMPA — The name of the new Bay 3 co-working space at the Armature Works goes back to World War I, when the red-brick warehouse overlooking the Hillsborough River was the maintenance barn for Tampa Electric’s streetcar system.As the name...
Published: 05/23/18
Coffee thins, made by Miami company whose majority owner is Tampa-based private equity firm ProspEquity Partners, have inked a marketing deal with Dunkin' Donuts. 
[Photo courtesy of Andy Bowen]

Tampa-backed company with candy-like coffee thins inks deal with Dunkin’ Donuts

TAMPA — Tampa-based private equity firm ProspEquity Partners paid $18.2 million less than three weeks ago for a two-thirds stake in Tierra Nueva, a Miami company with a new idea for coffee, and already it has some big news.Tierra Nueva has...
Published: 05/22/18
A groundbreaking is scheduled Thursday for a planned 4-story boutique hotel at 1402 E Seventh Avenue in Ybor City. Rendering courtesy Aparium Hotel Group

One of Ybor City’s most historic blocks about to see construction of four-story boutique hotel

TAMPA — Developers are poised to launch construction this week on one of Ybor City’s biggest new projects in years — a four-story, $50 million boutique hotel being created by a Chicago company that seeks out neighborhoods rich in color and...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18
Off-duty Largo firefighter Michael J. Cruz, 26, was charged with driving under the influence Saturday after Pinellas County sheriff's patrol deputies said they found him asleep at the wheel of his car in a Dunedin intersection. Photo courtesy Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Off-duty Largo firefighter arrested on DUI charge

DUNEDIN — Pinellas County sheriff’s deputies arrested an off-duty Largo firefighter found asleep at the wheel shortly after 4 a.m. Saturday.Patrol deputies saw a 2013 Dodge Dart, facing west and stopped in the intersection of Main Street and...
Published: 05/19/18
Pinellas County Commission chairman Kenneth T. Welch (left), Pasco County Commissioner Kathryn Starkey and Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn discuss trade missions during a rollout Friday of the Global Tampa Bay initiative at the University Club in downtown Tampa. RICHARD DANIELSON | Times

Global Tampa Bay initiative seeks to grow direct foreign investment through expanded regional teamwork

TAMPA — A decade ago, the Great Recession put Hillsborough and Pinellas counties’ efforts to grow their foreign exports on hold.But since then those efforts have returned, gained support and momentum, expanded the range of their ambition and...
Published: 05/18/18
Updated: 05/21/18
Riverwalk Place is proposed for the former site of the failed Trump Tower project of the 2000s. It would have more than 50 stories of offices, restaurants and stores, plus, on its highest floors, about 240 high-rise condominiums. [Rendering courtesy of Gensler]

Lawsuit over Riverwalk Place tower in downtown Tampa settled

TAMPA — A lawsuit over the mix of residences and offices in the planned $350 million...
Published: 05/18/18
Custom battery-maker Resistacap Energy Products plans to move its headquarters from Huntsville, Ala., to join a manufacturing operation that it started last year at the Tri-County Business Park on Race Track Road just east of the Hillsborough-Pinellas county line. (Times file photo | 2005)

Battery maker to move headquarters from Alabama to Tampa

TAMPA — Custom battery-maker Resistacap Energy Products will move its headquarters from Huntsville, Ala., to its existing facility near Westchase, the company and the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp. said Thursday.The company plans...
Published: 05/17/18
The panel at a Tampa Bay Wave discussion of diversity and inclusion in the tech industury included, from left, Joe Hodges, chief disruption officer at Care Valet; Crystal Barnes, senior vice president of global responsibility and sustainability at Nielsen and executive director of the Nielsen Foundation; Lakshmi Shenoy, CEO the planned innovation hub at Channelside Bay Plaza; Lamont Robinson, vice president of supplier diversity at Nielsen; and Tony Gray; director of the nonprofit SOF Technology Association.

Tampa crowds hear tale of two ideas: Diversity and data drive business success

TAMPA — To grow an innovative and competitive economy — the model the Tampa Bay area is aiming for — companies need both inclusive teams and the smarts to turn massive amounts of data to their advantage.It’s a yin and yang picture, one that...
Published: 05/16/18
Passengers explore the main pool deck as seen from the Viking Crown Lounge on the 880-foot Majesty of the Seas docked in Port Tampa Monday.   This is the second summer in a row that Royal Caribbean will offer cruises to Cuba out of Tampa.  Majesty of the Seas will have four- and five-night offerings to Havana that include day and overnight stays. 

Royal Caribbean brings bigger ship to Port Tampa Bay to handle Cuban tourism traffic

TAMPA — The number of U.S. visitors to Cuba is down 40 percent for the first quarter of this year, but the outlook around...
Published: 05/15/18
Mosaic announced Monday it would move its corporate headquarters from Minnesota to Hillsborough County. (Times files)

Fortune 500 company Mosaic to relocate headquarters from Minnesota to Hillsborough County

TAMPA — The Mosaic Company announced plans Monday to move its headquarters from a suburb of Minneapolis to Hillsborough County, making the phosphate mining giant the first Fortune 500 company to decide to relocate here.Key details — when Mosaic...
Published: 05/14/18
Updated: 05/15/18