The Sirata Beach Resort in St. Pete Beach was sold last week to a Kentucky hospitality company for $207 million.
It’s the highest purchase price on record for a Pinellas County hotel.
The city released full proposals by four developers, including Sugar Hill and the Tampa Bay Rays.
A Tampa couple runs their plant business with a vintage camper named Flora and laid-back vibe.
The agency’s board deadlocked, with half voting to place her on paid administrative leave. She will reman in place.


  1. In this Nov. 15 photo, former President Donald Trump announces a third run for president as he speaks at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach. Jurors in the Trump Organization’s criminal tax fraud convicted Trump’s company of helping executives dodge personal income taxes on perks such as Manhattan apartments and luxury cars.
  2. Books of Florida Statues sit on a desk as representatives work in the House during a legislative session at the Florida State Capitol, Wednesday, March 9, 2022, in Tallahassee.
  3. A view of the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar, on Saturday. The stadium was renovated before hosting the 2019 world championships in track and field.
  4. Professional cosplayers like Ginoza Costuming, a pro cosplayer who has twice represented the U.S. in international cosplay competitions, will be at the Holiday Cosplay convention at the Tampa Convention Center Dec. 10-11.
  5. People stroll through 1 million LED lights during the nightly Holiday Lights in the Gardens event at the Florida Botanical Gardens on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022, in Largo. The event, which only asks for a donation, will run through Jan.1 every night 5:30-9:30 p.m.
  6. The Sirata Beach Resort in St. Pete Beach was sold last week to a Kentucky hospitality company for $207 million.
  7. Many Americans do not realize that enrolling in Medicare Part B is as valuable as gold and should be treated carefully.
  8. One rail worker said it was discouraging, but not surprising, to see Congress step in to settle the contract dispute ahead of next Friday’s strike deadline.
  9. The logo of the Organization of the Petroleoum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is seen outside of OPEC's headquarters in Vienna, Austria, on March 3, 2022.  The Saudi-led OPEC oil cartel and allied producing countries, including Russia, are scheduled to decide how much oil to supply to the global economy amid weakening demand in China and uncertainty about the impact of new Western sanctions against Russia that could take significant amounts of oil off the market.
  10. Paola Andrea Gutiérrez is pictured working at the University of South Florida on Friday, Nov. 18, 2022 in Tampa.
  11. Guests crowd Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022.
  12. The Hunger Thirst Group also owns Dirty Laundry, where to enter the hidden bar, guests get a password from the pay phone in the cafe.
  13. Maria Correa, of Washington, center, who says she is sick with cancer, cannot work, and that things are especially difficult because of the pandemic, accepts a turkey and Thanksgiving trimmings during an annual Thanksgiving food giveaway at The Redeemed Christian Church of God New Wine Assembly, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022, in Washington.
  14. The economy added 263,000 jobs, while the unemployment rate stayed 3.7%, still near a 53-year low, the Labor Department said Friday. November’s job growth dipped only slightly from October’s 284,000 gain.
  15. There are several legitimate ways to lower your capital gains tax liability, including investing in a retirement account.
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  17. To ensure you don’t start 2023 under a new pile of debt, we have tips to help you avoid overspending this holiday season.
  18. Freight train cars sit in a Norfolk Southern rail yard on Sept. 14 in Atlanta.  Legislation to avert a freight rail strike in the United States  won final approval Thursday, clearing the Senate in a bipartisan vote. The legislation is headed to President Joe Biden's desk.
  19. Jimmy Patronis, chief financial officer of the state of Florida, announced Thursday that the state will immediately freeze about $1.43 billion in long-term securities and about $600 million in short-term overnight investments managed by BlackRock.
  20. To help you plan ahead, we’ve rounded up standard shipping deadlines for the major postal services.
  21. In this Nov. 15 photo, former President Donald Trump announces a third run for president as he speaks at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach. The Treasury Department says it has complied with a court order to make available Trump's tax returns to a congressional committee.
  22. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y., right, listens as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., left, speaks to reporters at the White House in Washington Tuesday about their meeting with President Joe Biden. Congress is moving swiftly to prevent a looming U.S. rail workers' strike. Lawmakers are reluctantly intervening in a labor dispute to stop what would surely be a devastating blow to the nation’s economy if the transportation of fuel, food and other critical goods was disrupted.
  23. Tampa Airport Marriott TPAAP
Photographer: Jeff Herron
Shoot Date: 11.2022
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