Trader Joe's operates stores in Tampa and St. Petersburg. A new petition signed by 600-plus residents is trying to entice the California-based grocer to open a store in Tarpon Springs.
The city known for its Greek community isn’t large enough to attract the grocer, but a local broker believes it’s the right spot to serve north Pinellas County.
Midtown Development principal Alex Vadia explains how his developments in his hometown of Miami are blueprints.
As Pasco commissioners prepare to expand their apartment moratorium, a divided panel says no to one plan to convert commercial to multifamily.
An IRS worker shortage, an enormous workload from administering pandemic-related programs and stalled legislation that would have given the agency billions of dollars for processing returns could make...


  1. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis fields a question while attending a news conference at Pasco County’s Mike Fasano Regional Hurricane Shelter in Hudson on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, where he announced that monoclonal antibody treatments would begin for patients as an early treatment to prevent hospitalizations and to save lives.
  2. In this photo provided by the New York Stock Exchange, specialist Michael Pistillo, left works with colleagues at his post on the floor, Friday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped more than 1,000 points Monday as financial markets buckled in anticipation of inflation-fighting measures from the Federal Reserve and fretted over the possibility of conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
  3. Carolyn Retberg leads a cow to pasture after the morning milking at the Quill's End Farm, Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, in Penobscot, Maine.
  4. Frank Calta was a champion bodybuilder and owner of a chain of Tampa gyms.
  5. Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, is surrounded by reporters as he walks to the Senate chamber for votes, at the Capitol in Washington on June 10, 2021.
  6. Alex Vadia of Miami’s Midtown Development listens as then-Mayor Rick Kriseman announces he's picked Midtown to lead the redevelopment of the city's 86-acre Tropicana Field site on Dec. 2 in St. Petersburg.
  7. Men dressed as pirates took part in the 2020 Gasparilla Parade of Pirates in Tampa. Both the crowd and the krewes will be dressed as pirates
  8. Trader Joe's operates stores in Tampa and St. Petersburg. A new petition signed by 600-plus residents is trying to entice the California-based grocer to open a store in Tarpon Springs.
  9. The cruise liner Crystal Symphony leaves the harbor in Charleston, S.C. on May, 21, 2013. Scheduled to land in Miami on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022, the ship, with hundreds of passengers aboard, was diverted to the Bahamas after a U.S. judge granted an order to seize the vessel as part of a lawsuit over unpaid fuel. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith, File)
  10. The County Environmental Protection Commission began its probe of Gopher Resource after a Tampa Bay Times investigation. The commission is proposing a $518,000 fine, after confirming many of the Times' findings.
  11. Bo Starr, chief operating officer and co-founder of Tampa fintech startup Grifin, works in front of a mural in an open space at Embarc Collective in Tampa. Grifin was a finalist in the 2020 Startup of the Year summit. This year's Startup of the Year will take place in Tampa on  Jan. 25-27, with Embarc Collective hosting.
  12. Marriott human resources recruiter Mariela Cuevas, left, talks to Lisbet Oliveros, during a job fair at Hard Rock Stadium, Friday, Sept. 3, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla.  (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)
  13. Candymaker Mars is giving a makeover to its six M&M's characters in an effort to promote inclusivity.
  14. Kale pesto and avocado "toasties" are served at The Works, a new plant-based cafe in St. Petersburg's Historic Uptown from the owner of Squeeze Juice Works.
  15. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay will open Iron Gwazi, the world’s fastest and steepest hybrid coaster, for passholder previews Feb. 11 and will officially open March 11.
  16. Construction is underway, including two new rides in the background, at Adventure Island in Tampa. The park is undergoing its biggest enhancement in 30 years.
  17. A sign for Microsoft offices, Thursday, May 6, 2021 in New York. Microsoft stunned the gaming industry when it announced, Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022, it would buy game publisher Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion, a deal that would immediately make it a larger video-game company than Nintendo.
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  19. The price of an ice tea at a local Starbucks went up recently, like pretty much everything else.
  20. Priatek Plaza, once known as the Bank of America building, stands at 200 Central Ave. in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg. [Times (2015)]
  21. Tampa Bay was named the hottest housing market for 2022, according to Zillow. But housing has also become "musical chairs," one community leader said, with local renters being pushed out of the cities due to high costs.
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  23. Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota.
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