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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. More construction is on the way to St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport, thanks to $19.75 million in Federal Aviation Administration grants to rehabilitate the airport’s runway. (Times file photo)
    The work is expected to be complete by spring 2021.
  2. The number of single-family homes sold in the Tampa Bay area during August rose 2.8 percent when compared with the same month last year, according to a monthly report from Florida Realtors. (Times file photo)
    The midpoint price in the bay area rose to $250,000, which is still lower than the state and national median prices.
  3. The economies of Canada and Florida go together like, well, palm fronds and maple leaves, as seen outside the Sweetwater RV Resort in Zephyrhills. (Times file photo)
    To qualify under the proposed Canadian Snowbirds Act, visitors would have to be older than 50 and would have to own or rent a home here.
  4. The Tampa Bay Lightning has tapped Cigar City Brewing to bring its Jai Alai, Guayabera, and Florida Cracker beers to Amalie Arena as the team’s official craft beer partner. (Photo via Tampa Bay Lightning)
    Cigar City also will move its popular annual Hunahpu’s Beer Festival to Amalie Arena starting next March.
  5. Holland America says the cruise ship Veendam, shown here at the dock in Tampa in 2005, will return to Port Tampa Bay from November 2020 through April 2021. (Times files)
    The cruise line dropped Tampa in the spring, but said it might be back.
  6. Tech company Priatek acquired the naming rights to Pinellas County's tallest building in 2015, but its name came off the tower at 200 Central Ave., in downtown St. Petersburg more than a year ago. (Times files | 2015)
    An investor and former member of the board of directors contends in court pleadings that company president Milind Bharvirkar wasted company funds.
  7. F45 Training, a franchised commercial gym backed by a minority investment from actor Mark Wahlberg, is headed to the $550 million Midtown Tampa project, developers said Thursday. F45 — the name refers to the duration of the cardio and strength workouts it offers — mixes options from 4,000 different exercises so that users don’t take the same class twice. (Photo courtesy the Bromley Companies)
    The gym will be across from REI and next to Whole Foods, creating a heath-and-fitness corner.
  8. Port Tampa Bay will gain a fifth cruise line next year when fast-growing MSC Cruises begins sailing to the Caribbean, Mexico and the Bahamas in November 2020. The company will bring the MSC Armonia, which carries about 2,000 passengers, to Tampa for the new service. The ship currently sails out of Miami but is scheduled to go to dry dock to be refreshed in November.
    The MSC Armonia will sail from Tampa to Key West, the Caribbean, Mexico and the cruise line’s new private island in the Bahamas.
  9. The owners of Centurion Compounding of Wesley Chapel have pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiring to commit health care fraud with the owners of the now-closed Lifecare Pharmacy in St. Petersburg (shown here) and Dr. Anthony Baldizzi of Tierra Verde.
    Centurion Compounding owners Frank Monte and Kimberly Anderson used profits from the conspiracy to buy real estate and high-end sports cars.
  10. Former Tampa Bay Lightning vice president of marketing Eric Blankenship has been named chief marketing officer for The Heights District, the Armature Works and the Tampa-based restaurant group BE-1 Concepts.
    Blankenship comes to the project five years as vice president of marketing for the Tampa Bay Lightning.