Gates secure the waterside area of Tampa's cruise ship Terminal 2, which is used about 30 days a year. Downtown boosters would love to see it open to the public when not being used by cruise ships.
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.
The site is close to downtown, beaches, shopping centers, Gibbs High School and the Pinellas Trail.
JetBlue pitched a new offer of $30 per share in cash to Spirit stockholders but said its previous offer of $33 per share is still available if Spirit enters negotiations.
The fast food giant is the latest major Western corporation to exit Russia since it invaded Ukraine in February.


  1. 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.
  2. Moez Limayem, longtime dean of USF's Muma College of Business, was selected as the University of North Florida's seventh president.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Tampa telecommunications firm Syniverse has closed on a $750 million investment from San Francisco's Twilio, giving Twilio a minority stake in the company.
  7. St. Petersbug's First Home Bank announced Monday it was changing its name to BayFirst.
  8. 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.
  9. Hospitals are not required to report most drug mix-ups, so many incidents go unreported.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Florida gas prices were above the national average, according AAA auto club, which cited a series of factors.
  13. CEO Elon Musk departs from the justice center in Wilmington, Del., on July 13, 2021.
  14. 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.
  15. 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).
  16. Sephora at Kohl's opened in Lutz and Lakeland on Friday May 13, 2022.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. About 1 in 5 women have trouble getting pregnant, and in vitro fertilization has become a common path to parenthood for many. But even as demand grows, insurance coverage remains limited. About 27 percent of companies with 500 or more employees covered IVF in 2020, up from about 24 percent in 2015, according to Mercer, a consulting firm.
  21. Gates secure the waterside area of Tampa's cruise ship Terminal 2, which is used about 30 days a year. Downtown boosters would love to see it open to the public when not being used by cruise ships.
  22. Michigan's DFCU Financial is merging with Tampa's First Citrus Bank, whose Carrollwood headquarters is shown here.
  23. An affordable housing complex is set to be built on a former lumber yard in St. Petersburg.
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