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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. Delta Air Lines said Friday it will launch five new round-trip routes a day between Tampa and Miami starting May 4. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
    Delta says the daily nonstop Miami service will create new connections for Tampa travelers to fly to Latin America and other international destinations.
  2. The Undercroft — the new home to a branch office of TheIncLab, an artificial intelligence firm — provides work space for several cybersecurity companies in one of Ybor City’s most historic structures, the El Pasaje building on E Ninth Avenue. RICHARD DANIELSON | Times
    The Washington, D.C.-area company expects hiring 15 developers and engineers in the next twelve months and partnering with bay area universities to augment its staff with student interns.
  3. Beatriz Rivera participates in a cardio kickboxing class at the Carrollwood Youfit Health Club in 2014. Youfit is in the network of health clubs, studios and gyms available through Peerfit, a Tampa company that connects employers, their workers and fitness centers to enhance wellness and reduce insurance costs. Peerfit's digital platform allows more than 16,000 employers to offer their workers access to a network of 13,000 fitness studios and gyms using workplace wellness funds, giving workers a range of fitness opportunities that match their interests. Last year, Peerfit covered less than 250,000 participants. Now that number is 500,000, [Times (2014)]
    The lead investors are Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik and Virgo Investment Group, based in northern California.
  4. Tampa International Airport is building a new bike and pedestrian path that will loop around its under-construction SkyCenter office and hotel development and cell phone waiting lot. Eventually, that path is planned to connect to a network of regional biking and pedestrian trails.
    Tampa’s airport is the nation’s first to receive the designation from the nonprofit League of American Bicyclists. It was also the first to apply.
  5. Downtown Tampa's skyline can be seen in the background of Water Street Tampa's new District Cooling plant at 301 S Nebraska Ave., on Wednesday. The plant produces chilled water that's pumped to most of the buildings in the 56-acre project.
    A centralized cooling plant will pump chilled water via underground pipes to every new building in the 56-acre development.
  6. Shake Shack, featuring burgers, chicken sandwiches, crispy, crinkle-cut fries, frozen custard, and, yes, shakes, plans to open its first restaurant at Midtown Tampa. (Photo courtesy the Bromley Companies)
    It will be the popular burger chain’s first restaurant in the Tampa Bay area and is targeted to open in time for the Super Bowl in February 2021.
  7. The Columbia Restaurant Cafe in Tampa International Airport features family photos and, of course, Cuban sandwiches.
    Created last year, the All Access program allows non-fliers to sample the airport’s new airside restaurants. Starting Saturday, it goes from once a week to every day.
  8. At St. Pete-Clearwater International, the story of cheap flights is the story of Allegiant, which flies to 54 of the 57 U.S. destinations reachable from the Pinellas airport. DIRK SHADD   |   Times  (2017)
    It was the fifth consecutive record-setting season at the Pinellas airport, where budget airline Allegiant carries the vast majority of the traffic.
  9. Cott Corp. of Tampa announced Monday that it is acquiring Primo Water Corp. of Winston-Salem N.C., as part of a long-term plan to become a company focused purely on water. (Courtesy of Cott Corp.)
    Cott announced Monday it is buying Primo Water Corp., valued at $775 million, and will change its name to Primo once deal closes.
  10. This Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission photo shows an escaped pet Asian water monitor lizard after it was captured in Davie in 2018.  (Eric Suarez/Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission via AP)
    More than 20 live water monitor lizards were hidden in socks that were sealed in tape, concealed inside electronic equipment and shipped under a false label to Massachusetts.