Florida requires financial ‘autopsies’ on property insurers that could help get to the bottom of the state's insurance crisis. But many state officials and trade groups didn't know they existed.
That and other lapses plague state oversight of the property insurance market as lawmakers prepare for a special session.
Prices are expected to continue going up because of factors including higher demand during the summer driving season.
Eric Taylor and his partners are the first Black owners of Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops in Florida. Now the childhood pals-turned-30-somethings are building an ice cream empire while developing promising...
Fans of downtown wonder if it’s possible to open up the least-used cruise ship terminal on the waterfront near the Riverwalk. The Port of Tampa is saying (mostly) no for security reasons.


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    The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in Florida reached $4.50 on Monday, and more price hikes could be coming.
  2. Franchise partners Eric Taylor, left, and Antonio McBroom, right, outside the Midtown Tampa Ben & Jerry’s when it was under construction in 2021. The childhood pals are part of a partnership that owns 10 stores in six states.
  3. Florida requires financial ‘autopsies’ on property insurers that could help get to the bottom of the state's insurance crisis. But many state officials and trade groups didn't know they existed.
  4. A surf and turf burger is served at The Helm, a new seafood market and restaurant in St. Pete Beach.
  5. President Joe Biden speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on Friday during an event to highlight state and local leaders who are investing American Rescue Plan funding.
  6. Moez Limayem, longtime dean of USF's Muma College of Business, was selected as the University of North Florida's seventh president.
  7. Clearwater is one of 27 towns or cities in Florida that own a natural gas utility, and Clearwater Gas is the fourth-largest of the municipally owned systems.
  8. The new Michelin Guide Florida will be revealed on June 9 during a live ceremony. Rooster and the Till in Seminole Heights, shown above, is one of the Tampa restaurants that could be recognized by the elite guide.
  9. A JetBlue airplane is shown at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, March 16, 2017.  JetBlue is going hostile in its bid for Spirit Airlines and asking shareholders of the low-cost carrier to reject a proposed $2.9 billion acquisition by Frontier Airlines. JetBlue is going straight to shareholders of the Florida airline in hopes of pushing its board to the negotiating table. Shares of spirit jumped 17% before the opening bell Monday, May 16, 2022.
  10. Tampa telecommunications firm Syniverse has closed on a $750 million investment from San Francisco's Twilio, giving Twilio a minority stake in the company.
  11. St. Petersbug's First Home Bank announced Monday it was changing its name to BayFirst.
  12. A McDonald's restaurant is seen in the center of Dmitrov, a Russian town north of Moscow, in 2014. McDonald’s says it's started the process of selling its Russian business, which includes 850 restaurants that employ 62,000 people.
  13. Hospitals are not required to report most drug mix-ups, so many incidents go unreported.
  14. Dominique Dudley, 31, gives a 7-ounce filled bottle to her 6-month-old son Amir at their St. Petersburg home on Thursday. His mother switched from breastfeeding to baby formula in January because she wasn’t able to pump during the day due to work. But now Amir's parents and parents across the country are grappling with the national baby formula shortage.
  15. A staff worker hand rolls and fills pierogi at a house in St. Petersburg on March 2, 2022. Pierogi Bar is a Ukrainian cottage kitchen that will soon open its own restaurant on Central Avenue.
  16. Florida gas prices were above the national average, according AAA auto club, which cited a series of factors.
  17. CEO Elon Musk departs from the justice center in Wilmington, Del., on July 13, 2021.
  18. The Tampa Park Apartments site, shown here in February 2021, is at the center of a lawsuit involving the property's sale to Ybor City real estate investor Darryl Shaw for $28.5 million.
  19. Two Tampa pitmasters faced off Friday during a segment of Good Morning America's "United States of BBQ" tour. (Shown above: A half rack of ribs from Betterway BBQ at 22 South, the food hall inside the historic Manhattan Casino in St. Petersburg).
  20. Sephora at Kohl's opened in Lutz and Lakeland on Friday May 13, 2022.
  21. Harbour Island residents who live behind private gates successfully lobbied Tampa City Council Thursday to reject a proposed hotel at the gates of their residential neighborhood.
  22. Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome Powell speaks during a news conference at the Federal Reserve on May 4 in Washington. The Senate on Thursday confirmed Powell to serve a second four-year term as Federal Reserve chair.
  23. Hillsborough County reported surpassing $7 million in monthly tourist tax collections for March.  It was the third consecutive month, the county tourism agency  reported a new benchmark in tourist taxes - a 6 percent levy on overnight accommodations.
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