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

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.

  1. Brian Davison is chief executive officer of Equialt, which bought this Safety Harbor home in a tax deed sale. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission contends in a new lawsuit that EquiAlt is a Ponzi scheme, and Davison has diverted investor funds for his own lavish personal spending. Times (2015)
  2. Daily recreations like this Bible scene at the Holy Land Experience in Orlando will be ending at the Christian theme park, which has been suffering from low attendance and debt for years.
  3. Madico spent $40 million developing its new corporate headquarters and factory on Belcher Road in Pinellas Park. [Amy Pezzicara | Pezz Photo]
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  5. Express Parcel Service says is plans to shut down its operations at the Amazon distribution station at 9900 18th Street N in St. Petersburg, as well as in Tampa, Miami, Fort Myers and Palmetto. (Google street view)
  6. The Related Group proposes to build two condominium towers, represented by the two buildings in the middle of this rendering, with 168 luxury condos on Bayshore Boulevard south of W Bay-to-Bay Boulevard in Tampa. In this rendering, the see-through figures represent the planned Aquatica condo project to the north and the existing Stovall on Bayshore condo tower to the south. (Rendering courtesy of the Related Group)
  7. Amazon Prime trucks await their packages at Tampa International Airport. Times (2016)
  8. Matthew R. White, who ran a Tampa-based company, M.W. Global Futures, has pleaded guilty in federal court in the state of Washington to one count of wire fraud in connection with soliciting a total of $1.29 million from investors in Florida and Washington and misappropriating the funds from 2011 to 2018. He is scheduled to be sentenced April 10. [Dreamstime | TNS]
  9. Chief executive officer Rich Hume (left) is expected to remain in place following the company's sale to Apollo Global Management, but he would be eligible for a golden parachute compensation of nearly $15.4 million after he is terminated. Former chief executive officer Bob Dutkowsky (right), the executive chairman of Tech Data’s board of directors, would receive $17.3 million if Apollo lets him go. JIM DAMASKE   |   Times (2018)
  10. Jeff Bulloch with Exiom Inc. talks on Wednesday with visitors to his booth interested in Exiom's 3D-printed casts, splints and braces at the Synapse Summit at Amalie Arena in Tampa.  MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Times
  11. Shareholders voted Wednesday to sell Tech Data, which employs about 2,000 of its 14,000 employees in the Tampa Bay area, to Apollo Global Management for $6 billion, or $145 per share. DIRK SHADD  |  Times (2019)
  12. Executive Energy Management plans to close on April 10. (Google street view)
  13. A partnership between Third Lake Partners and Echelon proposes to pay the city of St. Petersburg $12.25 million for the Municipal Services Center on Central Avenue at Fourth Street N. It proposes to redevelop the old Municipal Services Center initially to add retail. Eventually it could be demolished to make way for new development coordinated with a project on what is now a parking lot next to the 28-story 200 Central tower. (Third Lake Partners/Echelon)
  14. Tech Data's corporate headquarters near the St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport.
  15. Raymond James Financial is based in St. Petersburg.
  16. Sam M. Gibbons federal courthouse in downtown Tampa. [Times photo]
  17. Floridians' feelings about their finances and the future of the national economy remained strong in January, according to a monthly survey done by economic analysis researchers at the University of Florida. [Times (2011)]
  18. Station House opened in St. Petersburg two years ago. It will soon have an annex location at Sundial. [Times (2016)]
  19. Embarc Collective includes an open collaboration area for workers from various startups. The 32,000-square-foot former warehouse will be home to as many as 50 start-up companies. SCOTT KEELER  |  Times
  20. Short-term parking at Tampa International Airport. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times]
  21. The city of St. Petersburg has received two offers for the Municipal Services Center on Central Avenue at Fourth Street N. (Google street view)
  22. A look as construction continues on the $550 million Midtown Tampa project located on the northeast corner of N Dale Mabry and W Cypress St., just south of Interstate 275, on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020 in Tampa. The Midtown Tampa project about two miles south of Raymond James Stadium has been 20 years in the making, and developers with the Bromley Companies have contractors working simultaneously on multiple buildings to complete the first phase of the 22-acre project by the Super Bowl. Midtown Tampa will include the bay areaÕs first store from specialty outdoor retailer REI Co-op, its largest Whole Foods Market, 400 apartments, a dual-branded Aloft and Element hotel, a seven-story office building, a fitness trail, and a growing collection of restaurants that include new locations for chef Chris Ponte, known for CafŽ Ponte in Clearwater and On Swann in South Tampa, as well as the Oprah Winfrey-backed True Food Kitchen, Burtons Bar & Grill and the bay areaÕs first Shake Shack. ÒWeÕre moving really, really quickly over hereÓ and are on target to hit Midtown TampaÕs ambitious development schedule, Bromley president and CEO Nicholas Haines said recently. When Midtown recently announced it had landed Shake Shack, Haines said, ÒweÕre certainly targeting having them open as one of our restaurants for the Super Bowl.Ó
  23. A lunchtime crowd at the Heights Public Market at Armature Works soon after it opened. The 22,000-square-foot market features 14 vendors, including second locations for longtime restaurateurs and several new concepts.
  24. Aerial photo of Curtis Hixon Park and downtown Tampa at sunset on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 in Tampa.