Matthew Waite, Times Staff Writer

Matthew Waite

Matthew Waite is the news technologist for the St. Petersburg Times/Tampabay.com. He is also the principal developer of PolitiFact.com. Before becoming news technologist, he was an award winning investigative reporter for the Times, winning several state and national awards for a series of stories on Florida's vanishing wetlands. He started at the Times in 2000 as a general assignment reporter in west Pasco County.

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E-mail: mwaite@tampabay.com

  1. Bill would limit state's ability to stop wetlands destruction

    Wetlands

    A bill that would drastically limit the state's ability to stop wetlands from destruction has passed a legislative committee.

    The bill, HB 1349, says that anyone who wants to destroy a wetland simply needs to turn in an application that's been "prepared and signed by … scientists, engineers, geologists, architects or other licensed professionals." ...

  2. Legislators envision less regulation as salve for Florida's economy

    Legislature

    Florida legislative leaders want to make it easier to get permits to destroy wetlands, tap the water supply and wipe out endangered species habitat, all in the interest of building houses, stores and offices.

    They say streamlining the permitting process will get the economy moving again.

    "We've got to get permits going and flowing," said Rep. Trudi Williams, R-Fort Myers. "We need to make some incentives for people to revitalize our economy."...

  3. In Pasco, location key to amount of home value drop

    Real Estate

    In southwest Pasco County's Beacon Square community, the housing decline is reflected in the roster of recent home sellers dumping properties for as little as $50,000: NovaStar Mortgage, Wachovia Bank, Bank of New York.

    In Wesley Chapel's Seven Oaks community, on the edge of the bustling New Tampa suburbs, new-home sales are helping prop prices above $350,000. Bank foreclosure sales are comparatively scarce on the ground. ...

  4. Housing slump spares few Pinellas neighborhoods

    Real Estate

    This spring, Wayne Croushorn and Stephen King sold modest-sized investment houses less than 2 miles apart in central St. Petersburg. Despite the proximity, though, you might as well be comparing housing markets in Alaska and Alabama.

    Croushorn bought a 1,300-square-foot bungalow on 14th Street N in the Euclid-St. Paul neighborhood for $131,000 in 2004. He managed to sell it for $171,500 this April, a gain of 30 percent. ...