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St. Petersburg hopes to attract another Fortune 500 company with incentives that might include property tax exemptions.
The city didn’t win the unnamed business yet, but incentives could give it a leading edge. For now, they’re calling it Project Athena.
The Tampa Downtown Partnership’s Clean Team hits the streets to deal with graffiti, garbage and unmentionable overnight occurrences. And also the occasional dead cat.
Royal Caribbean’s Serenade of the Seas will carry the first passengers from Port Tampa Bay since March 2020.
Some experts noted possible exceptions that can put a dent in the cruise industry’s argument

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  1. Workers load and unload containers Oct. 13 at the Evergreen terminal in the Port of Los Angeles.
  2. Tim Wronka (right) and Matt Infante (left), from Spectrum Bay News 9, shoot footage of Royal Caribbean's Serenade of the Seas at Port Tampa Bay Saturday, October 16, 2021. Port Tampa Bay and Royal Caribbean International celebrated the first cruise vessel departure from Tampa Bay since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a no-sail order about 18 months ago.
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  5. A Southwest Airlines passenger lands at Tampa International Airport on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, in Tampa.
  6. From left, Jack Norris, 7, his sisters Avery, 2, and Harper, 9, along with their father Lance, visit Kip's Toyland, located inside the Old Farmer's Market, on Sept. 22, 2021 in Los Angeles.
  7. Cruising returns to Port Tampa Bay this weekend after more than a year due to pandemic constraints. But just how safe is cruising during COVID-19?
  8. St. Petersburg hopes to attract another Fortune 500 company with incentives that might include property tax exemptions.
  9. Guests line up to board the Cross Bay Ferry docked at the Tampa Convention Center on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020 in Tampa. The season service returns Oct. 21, 2021.
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  11. Teresa Walls, who oversees daily operations for the Tampa Downtown Partnership’s Clean Team, removes graffiti from an electrical box using a potent solvent called Goof Off.
  12. The April full moon, the closest and largest supermoon of the year, rises between a couple spending time together at Flora Wylie Park on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 in St. Petersburg.
  13. The team behind the popular chef's table dinner series Abandon Izakaya has opened a street food-themed brick-and-mortar restaurant in Seminole.
  14. A column of candy, left, featured in TikTok videos is displayed at It'Sugar candy store, Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021, on the Upper East Side of New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
  15. A now hiring sign sits on a display in a clothing store Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, in Sioux Falls, S.D.  The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell to its lowest level since the pandemic began, a sign the job market is still improving even as hiring has slowed in the past two months.  (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
  16. Florida health regulators are asking lawmakers for nearly $13 million to more than double the number of workers in the office that oversees medical marijuana issues.
  17. When it departs from Port Tampa Bay on Oct. 16, Royal Caribbean's Serenade of the Seas will be the first cruise ship to carry passengers out of Tampa since the start of the pandemic in March 2020.
  18. Citizens president and CEO Barry Gilway went before the panel less than six months after lawmakers passed a measure (SB 76) to try to bolster the property-insurance system. But as evidence of continuing problems, the number of policies written by Citizens has soared to more than 700,000 and is expected to climb above 1 million next year, as homeowners turn to it for coverage.
  19. A beach goer sits on the beach in Seal Beach Calif., Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, as container ships waiting to dock at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are seen in the distance. With three months until Christmas, toy companies are racing to get their toys onto store shelves as they face a severe supply network crunch. Toy makers are feverishly trying to find containers to ship their goods while searching for new alternative routes and ports.
  20. A Southwest Airlines flight taxis to the gate after arriving at the Portland Jetport on Wednesday.
  21. Millions of retirees on Social Security will get a 5.9% boost in benefits for 2022. The biggest cost-of-living adjustment in 39 years follows a burst in inflation as the economy struggles to shake off the drag of the coronavirus pandemic.
  22. Rising inflation is expected to lead to a sizeable increase in Social Security's annual cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, for 2022. Exactly how much will be revealed Wednesday morning after a Labor Department report on inflation during September, a data point used in the final calculation.
  23. FILE - In this Wednesday, March 18, 2020 file photo, truck traffic from Canada waits to cross the border into the United States in Derby Line Vt. The U.S. will reopen its land borders to nonessential travel next month, ending a 19-month freeze due to the COVID-19 pandemic as the country moves to require all international visitors to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. The new rules, to be announced Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021 will allow fully vaccinated foreign nationals to enter the U.S. regardless of the reason for travel (AP Photo/Wilson Ring, File)
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